Mark Ulriksen’s “Shotime”

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On the cover of the May 13, 2024, issue, Mark Ulriksen chose to portray the Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani (nicknamed Shotime), who has been a sensation since his U.S. major-league début in the 2018 season. “He’s among the best pitchers and hitters and fastest base runners in any league,” Ulriksen said. The fact that Ohtani is also now implicated in a financial scandal (his interpreter reportedly stole millions of dollars from Ohtani to pay off gambling debt) has only—for better or for worse—increased his prominence.

For more covers celebrating sports, see below:

“August 16, 1941,” by Mary Petty

“A Whiff of Cool Air,” by Frank Viva

“Hang Time,” by Kadir Nelson

Find Mark Ulriksen’s covers, cartoons, and more at the Condé Nast Store.


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