By EW Staff
Updated May 10, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

History buffs and pop-culture junkies alike will thrill to this searchable compilation of Life‘s eye-catching covers (the bulk of which comprises its run as a weekly magazine from 1936 to ’72). What other publication could have even contemplated such diverse images as a bandaged girl recovering from a World War II air raid, an infant John F. Kennedy Jr. at his christening (left), and Miss Piggy caught in a Nixonian presidential pose? But with a dearth of context to bolster the images, this may be one time when a picture isn’t exactly worth 1,000 words.