More Jacko, Less Whacko

Jackon doesn't look creepy in 'timeless' magazine shoot
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2007 5:16 PM CST
In this photo released by EBONY magazine, Michael Jackson is seen on the cover of EBONY magazine in this issue expected to hit stands on Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/EBONY Magazine)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Jacko's comeback in this month’s Ebony doesn't make him “look like a creepy goofball,” marvels the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan. And it’s not just a rebirth for Jackson, Givhan says, but for the venerable mag itself. Flamboyantly dolled up in classic Jacko garb, the star looks modern and timeless, the very vibe the decades-old zine is after.

Jackson’s fall was spectacular—he virtually disappeared after his child molestation trial two years ago—but Ebony has faced a slow, stately decline, losing its cool factor over time. But new creative chief Harriette Cole has polished the mag to a modern gleam this year and added timely write-ups. She said, "We want people whose lives and work cross generations"—just like the king of pop himself.