Fact check – German satirical magazine cover made with caricature of Zelenskiy in Ukraine

An image circulating online claiming to show the October cover of German satirical magazine ‘Titanic’ featuring a caricature of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy with text saying ‘eternal appetite’ is fabricated. No such cover was published by the outlet, the magazine’s editor confirmed to Reuters.

The image shows the Titanic logo in red in the upper left corner and a caricature of Zelensky centered on the purported cover. The cartoon shows Zelenskiy’s mouth wide open with two people, money and guns hurled at him. The splashed German text on the cover reads “ewiger appetit”, which translates to “eternal appetite”.

Another small text can be seen in the upper right corner, the cover appearing to be published in October 2022.

Examples of the image shared online can be found (here), (here), (here) and (here).

Julia Mateus, editor-in-chief of Titanic magazine, confirmed to Reuters that the illustrated cover was not an official Titanic cover.

A search of the outlet’s website revealed no such coverage (archive.ph/wip/qF2Go).

An advanced search of the official Titanic Twitter account did not reveal the supposed cover (archive.ph/wip/7QBxI), nor a search on the site’s Facebook page (here).

Archived versions of the magazine’s online homepage also failed to reveal the aforementioned cover (here), (here).

Instead, the authentic October 2022 cover featured King Charles of Great Britain, with the text: “Colonial Crimes: How Germany Suffered Under the British Crown” (here). The outlet posted the official cover for the October edition via Twitter on September 30 (here).

The image is an example of impersonator content, which is a doctored image or clip that impersonates a legitimate organization such as a media outlet to further a story or claim (here).

Reuters has previously addressed impostor content that tricked users online (here), (here) and (here).

VERDICT

Fake. The October 2022 edition of Titanic, a German satirical magazine, featured King Charles and a headline saying how Germany “suffered under the British crown”. An image purporting to show a cover featuring Zelenskiy with text reading “eternal appetite” is fabricated.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Learn more about our social media post verification work here.

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