Bravo is the largest teen magazine within the German-language sphere. The first issue was published on 26 August 1956 with thirty thousand copies printed, cost 50 Pfennig (equivalent to €0.62 in 2017). Marilyn Monroe’s portrait graced the first published issue; the never-published dummy issue cover displayed Elvis Presley.
Bravo covers from the 1970s
In 1968, Bravo began to be published weekly by Pabel Moewig, a subsidiary of Bauer Verlagsgruppe in Hamburg; the editorial office however remained in Munich. In the 1970s, the magazine sold more than one million copies. By 1996, each issue still sold around 1.4 million issues. Bravo had a circulation of 825,800 copies in 1999. Afterwards the circulation fell steeply.
In 2006, the magazine sold around 460,379 copies. In 2010, the circulation of the magazine was 512,358 copies, making it the best-selling teenager magazine in Europe.
In February 2017, Bravo stopped publishing in Spain with issue 552. However, editions are still published in some other countries. American pop singer Britney Spears, who was a teen phenomenon in the late 1990s and early 2000s, holds the record for most appearances on the cover (56).
Here below is a small selection of Bravo covers from the 1970s.