IT IS a cover as striking as a matchhead.
For the newest cover of Time magazine, the sometime-viral artist Edel Rodriguez has rendered President Trump as the literal “fire and fury” that spawned Michael Wolff’s best-selling book of life inside the Trump White House.
Rodriguez’s latest graphic take on Trump calls back to his October 2016 “Total Meltdown” cover, which last February received the cover of the year award from the American Society of Magazine Editors. (Disclosure: Rodriguez has created freelance art for The Washington Post.)
“We used to live where the United States was a pretty steady country, and now you wake up every day and try to figure out where’s the next fire, where do we have to go, what do we have to try to contain,” the Cuban-born Rodriguez tells Time magazine. “It’s sort of this president that you’re always trying to contain, like a wildfire that’s moving from one place to the other at all times.”
Depicting Trump as a fiery presence is a common cartooning metaphor, of course, whether he’s seen as a flame-haired light upheld by the Statue of Liberty, or as the burning-man matchhead of geopolitics, as Costa Rican artist Arcadio Esquivel drew last month:
On Sunday, Rodriguez shared on social media how he would have rendered the cover art for Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” He says it was his most retweeted image ever.
I've been asked what I would've done with the 'Fire and Fury' cover by some folks who think the existing cover design is a disaster and a missed opportunity, so here is what I might have done with it pic.twitter.com/xV8W3L8oYu
— Edel Rodriguez (@edelstudio) January 7, 2018
And who knows? As we enter Year Two, perhaps the authentic new Time cover could even replace the fake Time covers that have hung at some of Trump’s clubs.