Before Phil Neel saved Auburn program covers in 1959, art used was stock stuff selected from catalogs of Rockwell wannabes (if it was selected—at least by Auburn and not whoever was working that shift at the printers—at all: recall the identical nightmare of the Bama and Clemson covers from 1955), cave drawings, really, in comparison (except the cover of the program for the 1949 Galactic Championship—that’s almost Dadaist or something).
But celebrate it we must, lack of uniqueness notwithstanding, for the word “Auburn” remains high art (even higher next to the Wizard of Oz munchkin on the 1954 cover), no matter how or who put it to paper. And it is Clemson week. And it is what we do.
Top covers via AU Archives
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* A complete set of 1988 Phil Neel’s Auburn pinback buttons
* Cam Newton on the cover of GQ
* Pat Dye would have killed Jerry Sandusky
* Toomer’s Corner Before and After shot
* Auburn-educated astronaut wanted ‘War Eagle’ to be first words on the moon
* Show Some Pigskin: An Illustrated Guide to Auburn’s Playboy All-Americans