Category Archives: Logo Studies

Pulled From My Files #56: MULLKON EMPIRE LOGO

Images © Tekno Comix.

I designed several logos for Techno in the mid 1990s that went through lots of versions, but this one was straightforward and easy. I did three marker sketches, using the same design for JOHN JAKES’ on each, and the same design for MULLKON EMPIRE on the first two. This first design is a bit hard to read in this format, but in color I thought it would work fine. I was able to save space with this layout for the double L. I went for an art deco space opera look, something that would have worked on Flash Gordon.

Version 2 simply added a telescoping drop shadow. This is my favorite, has that epic look I thought the book called for.

The third sketch went a different way, a more pointy look and a black drop shadow.

The art deco block letters of version 1 suited them perfectly, and the final logo is simply traced from that on Denril plastic vellum.

Here’s the first issue of the series printed, and I think the logo works fine on it. Love that painted cover by John Watkiss!

More articles like this can be found in the PULLED FROM MY FILES category on the right side of the blog home page, and in the LOGO LINKS page.

Pulled From My Files #55: SOVEREIGN SEVEN LOGO

This and all images © Chris Claremont and Dwayne Turner.

I have only three marker sketches for this logo, I don’t know why. There were a lot more. The launch of this creator-owned title at DC in 1991 was a very big deal, as DC hoped Claremont would be as successful for them as he was for Marvel on the many X-Men titles he wrote. I know I had a lot of folks critiquing my design sketches. I still like this one, and it would have read better in color. Continue reading

Pulled From My Files #55: NIGHTWATCH LOGO

This and all images © Marvel.

In 1993 I was asked by Marvel to create a logo for their character Nightwatch, a superhero appearing in some Spider-man titles that was planned as a new series. I don’t have all the marker sketches I did at the time, the first one that survives is #2, above. This is actually my favorite of the surviving sketches, but I can see why it wasn’t wanted, not very appropriate for a superhero. Continue reading

Logo design for Comic-Con International: San Diego’s 2017 Souvenir Book

Captain America and Thor © Marvel, Mister Miracle and Kamandi © DC Comics.

Every year the San Diego Comic-Con puts out a large, thick, lavish souvenir book filled with features and art focusing on that year’s Comic-Con themes. They’ve just revealed the 2017 cover with a Jack Kirby tribute. The art is by Bruce Timm, based on Jack’s cover for JIMMY OLSEN #141. The logo and cover blurb are by me. The full announcement is HERE. Continue reading