Elba is the first man to appear on the cover of Maxim. He wears a black leopard-print funnel coat. Editor-in-chief Lanphear:
We’ve never in U.S. Maxim history had a man on the cover solo. This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more bad-ass than Idris…I couldn’t be more happy with [the cover]. He’s so sophisticated and complex. There’s so much that he is amazing at.