Magazines: War of the Illustrateds

"The trouble with this business is that everybody runs after the same material." With that complaint, Henri Nannen, editor of the German magazine Der Stern, summed up the life story of the most widely circulated of all German publications: the illustrated weeklies. The illustrateds have been snapping and snarling at one another ever since they appeared on newsstands after World War II. They fake stories, trick each other out of pictures, keep plenty of lawyers busy enjoining a competitor's publication at the slightest excuse. In their early days, they tried to...

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