When LIFE magazine’s premier issue hit newsstands on November 23, 1936, a star was born. With a simple red-and-white logo and distinctive, bold band anchoring its bottom edge, LIFE’s cover was soon as recognizable an American icon as the spire of the Empire State Building. Across seven decades, LIFE’s 2,000-plus covers not only captured pivotal people and momentous events, but again and again defined and even, in some cases, helped shape the times. Here, on the 75th anniversary of the magazine’s debut, LIFE.com presents all 2,237 covers. Browse and be amazed . . .
You can even get prints of each cover and there are some great classics worthwhile framing for christmas.