Call me relieved:
The magazine's tumblr launches "our first edition of the Newsweek also-rans." From Newsbeast's creative director, Dirk Barnett:
Every week we produce anywhere from 10-20 different cover ideas until we settle on what works best or as the story develops, so at the end of each week we wind up with a proverbial wastebasket full of scrapped concepts. The week’s cover, "The Politics of Sex," is a perfect example to kick this off. These directions are a combination of ideas generated in-house and commissions to various illustrators, designers, studios, ad agencies, etc.
More "also-rans" here, including a American flag vibrator.
(Hat tip: Brian Ries)