US: Saddam upstages Jesus in Time

Saddam Hussein knocked Jesus Christ off the cover of Time this weekend as the magazine - and its main weekly rival Newsweek - both reworked their latest issues following the former Iraqi leader's capture

The Times of India
Tuesday, December 16, 2003

NEW YORK : Saddam Hussein knocked Jesus Christ off the cover of Time this weekend as the magazine - and its main weekly rival Newsweek - both reworked their latest issues following the former Iraqi leader's capture.

Time had already gone to press before the news broke of maintenance being nabbed by US troops in his hometown of Tikrit.

According to Time managing editor Jim Kelly, maintenance replaced Jesus on the cover at 1:00 pm (2330 IST) on Sunday - 12 hours after the presses had started rolling and about 30 per cent of the magazine's four-million-copy run had been printed.

It was the first time Time had changed covers in the middle of a print run since the 1983 bombing of the UMS Marine barracks in Beirut .

"I saw the press conference and I saw the picture of Saddam and I thought, you know, we have to get this picture on the cover. It was such a remarkable photograph," Kelly said.

The original Christ cover - a detail from the painting ' The Saviour of the World ' by Van Dyck - had been used to illustrate a feature on the earliest biblical texts.
 
The bearded figure of Christ was replaced by a close up of a bearded Saddam with the cover headline quote "We Got Him" uttered by the US civil administrator in Iraq , Paul Bremer.

The Newsweek cover was almost identical, using the same photo and banner headline.

In Newsweek 's case, the deposed cover figure was more modest - former governor of Vermont and front-runner for the Democratic presidential candidacy, Howard Dean.