Late in 1994 I was asked by Marvel to design a new CHRONICLES tagline to go with an X-MEN logo I’d already done for them. This is the first of four marker sketches for that tagline. What I’d do in a case like this is make a few photocopies of the main logo, draw the tagline in pencil and ink it with markers. These sketches were either photocopied again and mailed to Marvel, or I might have been using my first scanner at this point. The first sketch mimics the ragged X, which itself mimics the first X-Men logo by Sol Brodsky and Artie Simek.
Strangely, I also have this completely different version, a final logo not a sketch, using a different X-MEN logo I also designed. Perhaps this one was done earlier, and before they used it they decided to go the other way.
The first sketch was chosen, here it is on the cover of issue #1. Despite the color hold to red lines that flattens it somewhat, I think it looks pretty good. Telescoping logos were on the way out by 1995, this may have been one of the last ones I did for Marvel.
When the book came out, it had another version of the logo with PRIME on the right side. I’m pretty sure I did that, but don’t have a copy of it. It certainly helped with the too-tall problem, and even then gets partly covered by character art. It’s surprisingly still readable, even so.
More of these when I have time.