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.
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
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
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
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Around 1994-95 I was asked by Kelly Corvese at Marvel to design a new logo for the X-Men villain Magneto. I originally submitted four marker sketches. This first one obvously incorporated a U-shaped magnet in the M. Continue reading