The most memorable Life magazine covers include the April 1945 photo of U.S. Marines taking cover on a hillside at the instant a Japanese bunker is bombed and the April 1965 photo of an in-utero human fetus. Life magazine had many iconic covers over the course of its 119-year history.
Other memorable Life magazine covers include the 1945 portrait of Winston Churchill, the 1964 shot of the Beatles shortly after arriving in the United States for the first time, and the 1952 portrait of Marilyn Monroe, one of six photos the magazine would feature of the famous actress before her untimely death.
In 1963, Life collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock to shoot a photo-dramatization featuring the famous Hollywood director and several ravens. One of those photos made for a memorable cover.
A 1949 issue of Life that included a photo essay on ranching featured a portrait of the foreman for a Texas ranch on the cover. That image inspired advertising professional Leo Burnett to develop the famous Marlboro Man advertising campaign.
Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be featured on a Life cover. Her portrait graced the November 1954 issue when she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "Carmen Jones."