Sex sells. If it bleeds, it leads. There is value to shock—you don't have to be slinging dirt for TMZ to understand that. Some of the most controversial images ever printed didn't land on Penthouse or Hustler (though who can forget that lady-in-the-meat-grinder illustration?) but instead graced the covers of respected newsweeklies like Time and Newsweek, and magazines like Rolling Stone.
It's hard to believe it's already been four years since Barack Obama—stylized as an al-Qaeda terrorist—fist-bumped a machine-gun-toting, Afro-and-fatigues-adorned first lady Michelle on the cover of The New Yorker. But as can be seen from the recent controversy (and satire) surrounding Time's breastfeeding image, publishers are still actively pushing the proverbial envelope. Take a look at 10 recent news mag cover illustrations that irked, impressed and initiated conversation online and off.