A glance will confirm the similarities between these two pictures. But it is their differences that make a journalistic point. One is a drawing by Robert Riger for the preview of last year's heavyweight championship fight in the June 22, 1959 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. His purpose was to give our readers an exclusive look at how the challenger expected to defeat the champion. The other, a photograph taken by Hy Peskin at ringside three days after Riger's drawing had been published, was our cover for July 6.
Johansson had spoken with pride of the power of his right, and almost nobody seemed to pay attention. But Associate Editor Martin Kane and Artist Riger listened—and eventually were allowed to look. Kane was not entirely convinced (he still picked Patterson), but Riger was, and his drawing virtually diagramed the knockout. Now Kane and Riger again have listened and looked. In our June 20 preview of the second Johansson-Patterson fight you will see the result of their collaboration.
An unsympathetic sourpuss once remarked on a heavyweight championship bout, "A gorilla could lick them both." Maybe so, but the evidence that a gorilla would as soon not try comes up in another article in next week's issue.
Its exotic setting is no such beckoning resort as Antigua, Hong Kong, the Virgin Islands or others to which SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has already sent its readers this year. Rather it is the hot and humid rain forest of the Belgian Congo where George B. Schaller, a University of Wisconsin zoology student, has become the first man outside of fiction to live alone with gorillas—and like it.
June 12, 1960
From notes Schaller sent SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Nature Editor John O'Reilly has put together a unique scientific adventure story, which reveals the previously unknown characteristics of the world's largest primate, not as he might be in a boxing ring but as he really is at home.