In 1994 I was asked by John Clark at Gladstone Comics to design a new logo for the 1940s crime fighter Crimebuster. Apparently they were planning on either a new series of stories or reprints, I don’t recall which. These are the first two marker sketches I submitted, after getting direction that they wanted something classic and using block letters, I think. Version 1 uses a lot of space, so I didn’t expect they would want it, but I enjoyed drawing it. Continue reading
Sometimes the freelance life brings job prospects that seem promising but don’t go anywhere. Such was the case with this logo assignment from Dana Marchand some time in the early 1990s. I no longer remember exactly what it was for. A comic? A video game? Mr. Marchand contacted me several times with offers like this, but I no longer remember what company or companies he was with. He was a good talker, and convinced me to do logo designs for him several times, but ultimately did not ever accept any, ask for final renderings, or pay for them, though he might have paid me a small kill fee. I think the last time I heard from him, he was working on a Stan Lee-related project and wanted some logos for that. I turned him down, and haven’t heard from him since.
The sketches I have for “The Drifter,” not to be confused with the current Ivan Brandon Image title DRIFTER, are all over the place, suggesting Mr. Marchand did not know what he wanted, and was merely on a fishing expedition. This is something I try to avoid, but as I said, he was a good talker.
I did eight sketches for him on two sheets of typing paper using markers over pencils. On these, THE was left out. Personally I like #7 the best. I have no idea if this project ever came out. If so, I didn’t see it. I’m guessing it didn’t, or the current Image title might have run into rights problems with the name, but that’s just a guess.
More like this when I have time.
Here are what materials I have on four Marvel logos, three from 1994, one from 1990. Above, my revised first sketch for Annex. It’s hard to think of a more boring name for a superhero, but I did what I could with it. My note says I’ll make the spacing more consistent. Continue reading
In 2015 I was asked by Ken Lopez at DC to design a logo for a new Bizarro series. Ken suggested it might look like the Superman logo, but flipped left to right, something like the one above. I thought that was a fun idea, and was happy to accept.
Putting that flipped Superman logo on my light box, I used it as a template to create “IZARRO,” and since the initial B still needed to be larger for the word to read well, I then worked that out from the proportions of the original S. This was pretty wacky, but I had another idea. What if we made the O a cube, just as the Bizarro world is a cube rather than a sphere? I suggested this to Ken, and he said he’d like to see it.
I worked this up in Adobe Illustrator, tracing my pencils there, making some adjustments, and creating the cubed O. In this version the B is a little smaller, and the rest of the letters a little larger, for instance. I sent it in, everyone loved it, and I was done. Easy peasy! Me am so unhappy when logo work this hard!
Here’s the first issue cover. As it was against black, the logo’s black areas became dark blue, which I think works well. The number 1 is also flipped, a nice touch. It was fun to be part of this goofy project.
In early 2000 I was asked by DC to create a logo design for BATTLEAXES, an upcoming miniseries from Vertigo. Here’s my initial idea, playing heavily on medieval ornaments and actual weapons as letters. My note about the double T addresses the concern that they might stick up too far, and could be lowered. My note at the left is from a phone conversation about the logo and requested changes: lose the gem stuff, and lose the axe/knife in the letter X. Continue reading