National Geographic, formerly The National Geographic Magazine, is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society.
It has been published continuously since its first issue in 1888, nine months after the Society was founded. The magazine is known for its thick square-bound glossy format with a yellow rectangular border and its extensive use of dramatic photographs.
The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published in October 1888, The magazine is published monthly, and additional map supplements are also included with subscriptions. It is available in a traditional printed edition and through an interactive online edition.
As of 2014, the magazine was circulated worldwide in 40 local-language editions and had a global circulation of 6.8. Its U.S. circulation is around 3.5 million per month.