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October 19, 2012

The Perfection of NYT Mag’s Ryan Cover, Mr. Right

NYT Magazine Ryan cover illustration

It’s perfect — especially the title (in which it’s impossible for Paul to be Mitt’s “right hand man,” his old right wing self and somehow “right for America” … unless he’s flexing those biceps or staring at you with those big blue eyes).

Why did Ryan come out so intact in the Veep debate (which is what we were getting at in our round-up post with that last photo we highlighted)? It’s because what he offered, as this illustration nails, was a caricature, a purple state amalgam, a focus group cartoon.

He’s so smoothed out, look what happened to the widow’s peak.

(illustration: Jaime Hernandez)

  • Cactus

    You’ve used the right term for this photo: smoothed out. Not
    just the widow’s peak but the rambunctious pompadour on his left side. In most
    of his posed photos, that errant flock of hair is either cut off by the frame or
    melts into the very dark background. In some (more recent) campaign photos it
    looks as if he changed the part and cut back the mass of hair.

    Also his very wide, thin grin is softened by increasing lower
    lip and decreasing the folds of skin on the cheeks and forgetting that his
    normal smile takes up his entire jaw. All-in-all, it makes
    him look more human in a comic-book characterization than in real life.

    Also note the blue tie. Where are the red striped

    • Michael Shaw

      “All-in-all, it makes him look more human in a comic-book characterization than in real life.” Nice.

  • bks

    Good thing they included the bit about “Scariest Little Corner of the World” above his head. Otherwise it’s totally hagiographic.


  • black_dog_barking

    “Might makes right” was the unspoken theme of the Republican party I grew up with back in the days before steam ships. Now, in a new century, this cri de guerre has morphed into “Wrong makes right”.

    Mr Right indeed. Thank you Karl Rove.

  • Glennis Waterman

    Really bad likeness of him. If I hadn’t know who it was supposed to be, I wouldn’t have recognized it.

    Kind of like the image the Romney/Ryan campaign is presenting during the last few weeks of the election. Unrecognizable.

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