The two magazines that i chose two compare and contrast are Woman's Health and Sports Illustrated. The main similarity between the two magazines that i notice first is the way the main image overlaps in the middle of the nameplate. This is a nice effect because it breaks up the heavy weight of the nameplate and allows the viewer's eye to move throughout the overall image. Another similarity is the way the headline text mirrors the outside contour of the main image on both magazines. The text of the headlines between both magazine covers are also subtle enough as to not overpower the main image or nameplate. The subtle headline text works on both magazines because as mentioned it is not overpowering but is also noticeable enough to be seen an read. The colors of the nameplate and headline text work very well on both because it can be seen well against the backdrop color. An example of this would be the "age erasing beauty tricks" headline texts one the Woman's Health which is done in black an pops out against the white background.
As for differences, there are quite a few, some more noticeable than others. First, the headline text floats around the total main image on the Woman's Health magazine, whereas on the Sports Illustrated magazine the headline text only hangs to the right of the main image. Also, the Sports Illustrated magazine has a full thin black border that contains its own text within. This black border is not seen anywhere in the Woman's Health magazine. Lastly the major difference i noticed is that of the nameplate color and the background color. The Woman's Health has a total white background with a purple nameplate which really works to make the name of the magazine pop. As for the Sports Illustrated mag they used a different technique by using the background to fill in the text of the nameplate. They simply made it stand out by using a white outline technique around the text.
Within these two magazines there are many similarities and differences. The use of text, and imagery must be carefully manipulated to really make both of the magazine covers work, and jump off the news stand. It is attention to detail that makes all of these aspects work in unison.