This 1968 election cover image of Richard Nixon marks one of the most noteworthy comebacks in American politics. Six years earlier, pundits had written him off as a has-been after his unsuccessful bid for the California governorship, which had come on top of his historically close loss to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. Even Nixon himself had admitted publicly that he was through with politics. But that appraisal took into account neither the depth of Nixon's ambitions for high office nor his dogged determination, and this portrait accompanied Time's story on how Nixon had just won election to the presidency.
Nixon's likeness was the work of illustrator Louis Glanzman, who had learned his profession almost totally through self-instruction. Although his knowledge of composition was derived from copying reproductions of noted paintings, he relied largely on comic books for perfecting his skills in depicting action.