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Some time in 1994 I was asked by Curtis King at DC Comics to design a logo for a new series about Doctor Fate to be simply called FATE. I did four sketches (increased from three) in marker over pencils on typing paper, my usual pre-computer method. This one include the ankh symbol I was told the character would have on his face. Continue reading
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Something different this time, here’s a scan of a photocopy of a logo I designed for Marvel in 1994. It’s hand-drawn, probably on Denril plastic vellum. I have no sketches for it in my files, though there must have been at least one. I was paid a logo fee, so this must have been the final version I sent in, but I have no idea where it was used, or if it was ever used. I haven’t seen the new TV show based on the X-Men character, but I’m sure this was designed for him, and when I came to this in my files, I wondered. Do any of you faithful readers recall seeing it in print? Please let me know. Thanks!
ADDED: mystery solved by several people, thanks all! It was used on issues 1 to 3 of X-MEN ARCHIVES, all dated Jan. 1995. I also did the title logo and the word FEATURING.
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In 1994 (I believe) I was contacted by Marvel editor Bob Harras about designing three connected logos for an upcoming X-Men three-title event. The lead line was to be MUTANTS with the individual titles below that. I suggested we start with that word, and develop the rest to match. All these sketches are drawn in pencil and inked in markers. Continue reading
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In 1996 I was asked by Janice Walker of DC’s Licensing Department to design a logo for Jimmy Olsen that would be only used on licensed products. I began with three hand-drawn sketches in pencil, inked with markers, as was my usual method. This first one was meant to suggest Jimmy’s handwriting, and is not very successful. Continue reading
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Some time probably in 1995 I was asked by Marvel editor Eric Fein to submit logo design sketches for their character Kaine, who first appeared in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #119 dated Dec. 1994. I’m guessing they were planning to feature him in a mini-series, but none appeared at that time. Later the character appeared under the names Tarantula and Scarlet Spider, eventually gaining his own series by that name in 2012. These sketches are drawn by hand in pencil and inked with markers, so it’s unlikely I would have done them any later than 1995, as after that I began moving to doing logo sketches on my first Apple computer (even if first drawn by hand). From the variety of these three designs, I doubt I was given a particular direction to go in, they just wanted ideas. I have a note on the margin of this page next to version 1 (not shown) that says “A” and “stone,” so I think they wanted the A to be more standard than version 1, and wanted to try some new ideas made of stone. (Not sure why, based on the character’s powers and m.o., but that’s what they asked for.)
Here’s what I came up with for that request. Version 4 is rather ugly and not very stonelike. Version 5 is along the lines of a familiar Hulk logo, so not terribly original. That’s all I did as far as I know, I don’t have a finished logo in my files. Possibly the idea was nixed before I got that far.