They might be good. They might be bad. But (hopefully) they caught your attention.

Along the walls of the glamorous offices of the Charleston City Paper, you’ll find an array of large posters with a collage of images, one for every year since 2007. Each poster displays the photos and graphic illustrations on the cover of the issues we’ve published, week after week.  We offer these to entice readers and often feel like parents proud of their newborns.

As art director, my job is to see each of these covers through, most times as its progenitor, sometimes more like a midwife dealing with the result of someone else’s series of bad decisions following a late night at the Recovery Room. And just like any long-time parent (or pet owner) would know, some children turn out to be great successes. Others can be a painful reminder that chugging a bottle of Grand Ma’ during the comedy festival can lead to many regrets you’ll have to just live with.

So here are 25 City Paper covers of note from the past 25 years. Enjoy this visual trip down memory lane.

Scott Suchy has been the City Paper’s art director since 2007.

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