Esquire reveals five Classic Heroes covers

Esquire is celebrating wit, wisdom and what it means to be a man by publishing five exclusive covers for its June issue, on sale 2 May, featuring modern-day heroes – Jack Nicholson, David Bowie, Clint Eastwood, Keith Richards and Michael Caine.

The Esquire June Heroes issue has dedicated 52 pages to a celebration of men (and one woman!) who have provoked, challenged, entertained, enlightened and inspired generations.

Raiding the archives of the America edition of Esquire the issue features some of the finest interviews in their “What I’ve Learned” series, in which the great and good, and sometimes the not so good, speak plainly and directly about their experiences. In addition to the five cover stars and a UK exclusive interview with screen legend Michael Caine, there are life lessons from Johnny Depp, Pamela Anderson, Neil Young, Richard Branson and Gary Oldman.

For every man wanting to emulate his hero’s style, Esquire provides expert fashion advice and in eight spreads of hero products showcases the wardrobe essentials no man should be without this summer.

Esquire Editor-in-Chief Alex Bilmes travelled to Aspen, Colorado, to meet his personal hero, writer James Salter, who at the age of 87 is about to publish his first novel in more than 30 years. He also allowed Esquire to republish one of his stories, “Comet”.

Editor-at-Large Andrew O’Hagan eloquently discusses the making of Fitzgerald’s great American novel, The Great Gatsby, and why it still matters. And British singer-songwriter Tom Odell demonstrates how to wear this seasons stripes in a fashion shoot by Esquire photographer David Titlow.

Esquire Editor-in-Chief Alex Bilmes says, “What you really want to do when you meet a hero — a man (could be a woman, too) who has lived larger and longer than you — is to listen to him talk about his life, and what he has learned about the things that matter: love and friendship and family and work, triumph and disaster and all that Kipling business. You want to be able to ask questions and get answers. You want your heroes to show you how to live, and how not to live. That’s what this issue of Esquire is about.”