Chris Ware is a graphic artist with a specific style and a very specific point of view. He was asked to create a cover for the May issue of Fortune, specifically about the Fortune 500.

Apparently, what he turned in did meet the editors approval. Indiepulp observed:

“He accepted the job because it would be like doing the 1929 issue of the magazine, and he filled the image with tons of satirical imagery, like the U.S. Treasury being raided by Wall Street, China dumping money into the ocean, homes being flooded, homes being foreclosed, and CEOs dancing a jig while society devolves into chaos.”

Surprise! Fortune rejected the cover. (What a bunch of wimps!)

click for truly ginormous graphic

Hat tip kottke

Category: Financial Press

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30 Responses to “Fortune 500 Cover DK’d”

  1. ItalicBold says:

    Amazing. Like the reference to the president with Air Force One.

  2. J Kraus says:

    What a shame; It’s gorgeous! He did a great job, including most everything. The only thing he might have added is a California McMansion.

  3. Drewbie says:

    Gitmo roooooolz!

  4. michaelismoe says:

    Why doesn’t he just remove the “Fortune” header and sell this as a memento of what the US has become?

  5. loudneighbor says:

    $4.99 a copy, are you kidding me?

  6. ewmayer says:

    LOL, “Greenspan LubePro” …

    I hear they found a buyer for that property – coming soon: A new JiffyBoob breast-enlargement franchise. “Would you like to supersize those, ma’am?”

  7. Maverick1 says:

    That’s F***ing awesome!

  8. JustinTheSkeptic says:

    Great depiction…although I do think he should have built it higher and with a steeple on top, because we all know who god truly is.

  9. Thor says:

    Did Fortune say why they rejected it? Cool concept, but as far as graphic design goes, it’s not very good. It looks like the artist just took a bunch of stock cartoon art into Illustrator and InDesign and threw something together.

  10. VennData says:

    Chris Ware, that sounds like a foreign name. … he tries peddling that anti-USA garbage here in Arizona and we’ll confiscate it and toss him (AND that de factoid immigrant Obama) on the next garbage scow back to Kenya.

  11. Jack says:

    Oooh, the planes, the planes. Spooky.

  12. franklin411 says:

    Ha! Awesome! =)

  13. kaleberg says:

    It’s a pretty good cover actually. It reminds me of some of the old thematic cartographics they used to run with their articles on various nations and regions. Fortune used to have great covers back in the 1930s. They started February 1930, so they just missed the big crash in ’29. Their first cover featured the goddess Fortuna, topless. Maybe she had lost her shirt in the market crash? I doubt they’ll be running anything like that these sad days.

  14. kaleberg says:

    FYI, I’ve uploaded the image here:

  15. TerryC says:

    Beautiful Lego two-dimensional universe of what’s happening now, baby.

    Is that Gitmo, or Cuba?

    Living in Texas, I loved our survivalists. We also have our own separate electric grid. Take that, you other 49 state losers!!!!

    Is Buffet fiddling while Rome burns?

    He is also very timely on the just passed new Arizona illegal alien law…looks like a few fellas are already doing a little shootin down thar.

  16. TerryC says:

    Hey Barry, if you have any friends in the music business, see if they could write a song for this cover. Set it to the tune “We Built This City on Rock and Roll”.

  17. says:

    God bless bloggers and PHUCK Fortune, CNBS and the rest of the Dennis Kneale delusionalists.

  18. quiddity says:

    What does “DK’d” mean?

  19. A work of art, a work of truth.


  20. Beet says:

    A graveyard? Come on, some of this is just negativity for negativity’s sake.

  21. mathman says:

    @quiddity: i’m not sure if this is it, but

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  23. rktbrkr says:

    How about CA breaking away from NA and sinking into the Pacific!

  24. The Curmudgeon says:

    BR: OT

    How about a post about Greece and The Big Picture impact of its bailout? the WSJ reported this morning that it will get about $60 billion in aid. How’s Greece anything but another little rumbling aftershock of the massive tectonic forces of demography and debt affecting developed-world economies? How does this play out for The Big Picture?

    Regarding the cover–nice, except it should have included more than the US.

  25. rktbrkr says:

    7 Illinois banks closed yesterday, maybe it should show Illinois slipping into the great lakes. I thought Chigo area had avoided the worst of the ummm “economic slowdown”

    U.S. regulators closed seven Illinois banks on Friday, the largest of which was Amcore Bank and including a Chicago bank closely tied to the Democratic candidate running for President Obama’s former Senate seat.

    The failures bring to 57 the number of U.S. banks that have failed this year, after 140 failures in 2009. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said the total cost to its deposit insurance fund from Friday’s failures topped $970 million.

    State banking regulators closed Chicago’s Broadway Bank, owned by the family of Alexi Giannoulias, who is locked in a midterm-election battle with U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) for President Obama’s old Senate seat. Mr. Giannoulias’s role at the scandal-plagued institution, which had total assets of about $1.2 billion as of the end of 2009, has become a central issue in the race.

  26. rktbrkr says:

    Curmudgeon, Maybe Eurozone will rate their own cover in a couple months or weeks.

    Maybe a picture of “the new Europe” with the PIIGS missing like Atlantis.

  27. rktbrkr says:

    Maybe it’s time to dig out my old “Europe on $10 a Day”

  28. flipspiceland says:


    Dennis Knealed

  29. Minmex says:

    I like the Mexico Fabrica de Exploitacion

    I know those too well… Perfect description.