Category Archives: Logo Studies

Pulled From My Files #85: S.T.A.R. CORPS & R.E.B.E.L.S. ’94 Logos

This and all images © DC Entertainment.

In 1993 I was asked by Curtis King at DC to design a logo for S.T.A.R. CORPS, spinning out of SUPERMAN. Acronyms (words that are abbreviations with each letter standing for another word) are always a pain to design. It’s hard to get the spacing right with a period after each letter. In this case, though, it worked out okay as periods could shelter under the arms of the T and then I just had to extend the R to shelter another one. Block letters with an inline of white and then a starry fill seemed a good way to go. My larger stars are stolen from science fiction artist Kelly Freas, who stole them from fantasy artist Virgil Finlay, by the way. Continue reading

Pulled From My Files #84: ROBIN and ROGUE Logos

Robin images © DC Entertainment.

Some time in the early 1990s I was asked by DC’s Licensing Department to submit logo design ideas for Batman, which I wrote about in THIS post. Apparently I did a few Robin designs as well, and I have three marker sketches. This first one is very tall, a clue it’s not a cover logo, and uses a serif style I still find appealing. Continue reading

Pulled From My Files #83: PUNISHER 2099

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In 1994 I was asked to design a logo with a very long title, as above. I had already designed the 2099 seen here, and this existing title was scheduled for a new look. Acronyms (words made of the first letters of a longer name or phrase) that have periods after each letter are always a design problem, and I thought my solution on this one was pretty good.  Continue reading

Pulled From My Files #82: THE PROWLER Logo

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In 1994 I was asked by Marvel to design a logo for their character The Prowler. I didn’t know much about the character, so I stuck with logo styles that Marvel had liked in the recent past, and there were lots of them in 1994. My first marker sketch, above, has notes from suggestions made by the editor or editors. “Bolder” overall, and widen the inner spaces in the openings of the P and R’s. Continue reading

Pulled From My Files #81: NEW MUTANTS, NIGHTCAT

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Some time in the early 1990s (I think) I was asked by Marvel to submit designs for a NEW MUTANTS logo. I’m not sure if it was for a proposed revamp or relaunch or special. In any case, they were not used. I have only two of the original four sketches. This one gets a little too cute with the reversing out of the block letters from the scratchy NEW, and would have been difficult to color. Continue reading