Category Archives: Logo Studies

Pulled From My Files #89: TRITON, URSULA, HALLOWEEN

This and following three images © Disney.

Today’s post is three logos that were essentially designed in one sketch, approved, inked, and sent in. First we have another Little Mermaid character logo from 1991, similar to the Scuttle design I showed last time. There are a few notes on this sketch about leaving a little more space between the I and the T and correcting the angle on the right leg of the R. Continue reading

Pulled From My Files #88: DISNEY LOGOS

Images © Disney.

In 1990, Disney was publishing comics for the first time after decades of licensing that area to other publishers. Editor Len Wein asked me to design logos for some seasonal anthologies. They already had AUTUMN ADVENTURES, above, logo design by Mike Royer I believe, and wanted the second word of each to match the style of his ADVENTURES. Continue reading

Pulled From My Files #87: STRYFE’S & STRIKEBACK Logos

This and following two images © Marvel.

In 1993 I was asked by Marvel to design a logo for this X-Men spinoff one-shot. I have two marker sketches remaining, and no final inked version. This follows the pointy and dangerous mandate from Marvel at the time. I rather liked the way I snuck in the apostrophe between the E and S. Continue reading

Pulled From My Files #86: SHAME logo

Images © Lovern Kindzierski, John Bolton and Renegade Arts.

In 2010 I agreed to letter a painted allegorical miniseries for Alexander Finbow of Renegade Arts in Canada, written by Lovern Kindzierski, painted art by John Bolton. Part of the job was to design the cover logo. I believe I started with some rough ideas from John, which I no longer have, but it gave me the approach he wanted, and it was one I liked: thin overlapping letters with graceful shapes offset by a scratchy rendering approach. This first marker sketch is going in the right direction, but is too hard to read. Continue reading

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