© Marvel Characters, Inc.
This cover appeared on my TV in the news this morning. Ever since I heard that President-Elect Obama used to collect Spider-Man comics, I figured something like it was inevitable, and Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada made it happen. The news story is HERE.
Why did seeing it give me an odd shock? I did the cover lettering: the banner at lower right, which uses commercial fonts, and the small word balloon to Spidey:
which uses one of my own fonts created from my hand-lettering. Since DC Comics took all their cover lettering in-house a few years ago, I haven’t done much cover lettering, but AMAZING SPIDER-MAN editor Steve Wacker has been employing me in that capacity for about a year now. When he sent me this one, it was just another assignment, though one I enjoyed, as I’m an Obama supporter. I didn’t think about the possibility it might turn into a news story, but now it’s obvious. And it makes me happy, even though hardly anyone will ever know I worked on it…only you folks reading this.
© DC Comics, Inc.
It’s always an odd feeling to see something I did show up in a wider venue. I think the last time was this Supergirl logo I designed in the 1980s showing up on a US postage stamp in 2006. Before that, the spiky Spider-Man logo I designed was always turning up unexpectedly, on toys, greeting cards, all sorts of things. It’s happened with other logos I’ve done occasionally, too. An odd feeling, but a good one.