Image © DC Comics, Inc.
I’m working on a revised version of my Legion of Super-Heroes logo study today, and it looks like it will take a while. The one on my blog now was an early study, before I had worked out the best way to approach them, and I thought I’d update it with some of the new images and information I’ve gathered since my trip to the DC offices. Rereading it convinced me it needs a complete rewrite, though, and the new version will probably be twice as long. I spent over four hours today gathering, scanning and preparing the images, and hope to finally get started with the writing tomorrow, but I don’t expect to start posting it until next weekend. Still need to get a little more info, too, if I can. One mystery is the logo above. It’s designed by Gaspar Saladino, probably between 1975 and 1980, and I can’t find it used on the cover of any printed book. If you recognize it, and know where it saw print, please let me know.
I’ve been making good progress with identifying and contacting logo creators this week. Two that I learned of on my DC trip are Alex Wald and Steve Vance. I knew both names, but had never met either, and didn’t know they had designed logos for DC until I found their names on some there. (A smart idea, wish every designer had done that!) I was able to contact both, and get a list of their DC logos and some new images from them, too. Since neither has a website showing their logo work, I may run a blog post spotlighting the DC logos of each. I also talked to John Workman about his DC logos, and through an exchange of emails, he helped me identify about a half dozen he had done, putting a designer name on logos that had none as far as I knew. I also learned from Mike Grell that he designed the Warlord logo, and figured out a few others through clues on the logos. There’s more to do in that area, but I think I can now put a designer’s name on about 90% of the DC logos from 1950 to 1995, at least. Before 1950 there’s little information, and after 1995 hand-lettered logos became scarce. I do know the designers of about 60% or more of the digital logos, but I need to do more work there.
Meanwhile, I’ll have a brief but, I think, interesting logo post tomorrow on RAGMAN.