There is room in the market for both Ripperologist and Ripper Notes and one would hope that the infighting will cease.
I would agree with both sentiments, though sometimes you can't win for losing. Praise a guy's work, say he's written the best editorial in a long time, and he still threatens to kick your butt.
As for the covers, Jane did a couple I thought were really terrific (the 'Madmen' one with Cream and others, and the the Nichols cover), but from what I see of the new one it's totally top notch.
I haven't received my copy yet but I'm anxious to do so because it's the first issue in a long time that I don't have anything in, thereby guaranteeing this issue increased quality and sales! Dan's 'Heartless" essay should be a classic.