Magazine archives just as important as fresh content

The latest trend in online magazines is to have an online gallery of the covers of past issues. It’s a great idea and invokes nostalgia in readers who remember the fond memories tied to each issue. There are a few magazines who are making use of the online space and giving their cover galleries a little extra zip:

Wired includes links to each issue’s stories:

Seventeen has video and slideshows documenting each cover girl:

LIFE has slideshows of its covers as well as quizzes and the option for users to vote on their favorite covers:

Rolling Stone has a great flash interface for searching for covers:

VIBE posts not only its covers, but also the links to its cover stories:

For more on the story behind the magazine fronts, check out Cover Awards, a unique blog that covers the covers. For today’s newspaper front pages, visit Newseum. More online cover archives after the jump.

Vogue (UK)

Time

Sports Illustrated

Esquire

Vanity Fair

New York Magazine

O, The Oprah Magazine