An undercover Nazi agent observing Indiana Jones behind a Life magazine in 1936.

Life was an American phototography-based news magazine of the twentieth century. Launched in 1936, after the name was purchased from another magazine, the weekly magazine covered the news through photographs, and proved to be instantly successful.

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A Nazi Agent following Indiana Jones pretended to read an issue of Life magazine while monitoring Jones aboard the Pan Am Clipper as they departed from San Francisco in 1936.

Later that year, Edith Dunne bragged to Jones that the magazine would be on hand, amongst other media interest, for the arrival home of herself and the last ikon where a wing of a museum was set to be dedicated to them.

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The issue of Life magazine being read by the Nazi Agent has the cover of the November 30, 1936 issue[1], which is the second issue of the magazine ever published. Various official timelines place the search for the Ark in April 1936[2] or late July 1936[3], making the agent's reading material an anachronism. The back cover of the magazine shown in the film is not the same back cover as the November 30, 1936 issue.

The magazine's September 26, 1938 issue which featured Mickey Mouse later appeared as part of the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye theme park attraction. The issue is again anachronistic to its setting, but the cover's date is obscured from being viewed.

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