Superheroes are men who save our world from the enemies and we simply adore them. Right from our childhood, we have grown up watching them fight against the evil and somewhere down the heart all of us wanted to be like them. In spite of all their heroic qualities, the fact can’t be denied that they too need an identity. As our superheroes don’t have a recognizable face, they need some way to be identified. The superhero logos give this identity to our heroes and also help in distinguishing one character from the other. The superhero logos don’t necessarily need to have a name because their fans can identify them as they are. The logos generally tend to express their special qualities or characteristics. In this article we will go through a few famous superhero logos and see how successfully they reveal the character of our favorite heroes.
The Batman Logo
The character of Batman, originally referred to as ‘the Bat-Man’, was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. It was first published by the Detective Comics on May 1939. Batman became a popular character soon after his introduction and acquired his own comic book, titled Batman in 1940. Since then, Batman has been adapted into several media such as radio, television series, movies and also appears on a variety of merchandise sold all over the world. The Batman logo is a dark oval shape, on a yellow backdrop that draws attention. The bat represents the name of the superhero. The inclusive oval shape also hints at the fact that unlike most of the other superheroes, he doesn’t have any actual superpower. He uses his own intellect, detective skills, physical strength and technology to fight against crime.
The Superman Logo
Superman is another fictional character making its first appearance in the DC Comics publication, in June 1938. It was created by American writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster and gained immediate popularity after its publication. The superman logo was designed by its creators and they thought that the first letter ‘S’ of the character’s name would be perfect for this purpose. Interestingly, the logo is said to have certain connections with history, science and literature. How? Let’s find out…. The Superman logo is an inverted yellow pentagon with the red letter ‘S’ inside it. This elegant diamond-like shape of the logo reflects the dominant and the influential nature of the superhero. The red color in the logo symbolizes the red sun in Superman’s planet Krypton and the yellow stands for the sunlight in our planet. Superman’s powers are activated by the red sun of Krypton and the yellow sun of the earth. It is also interesting to note that the letter ‘S’ stands not only for Superman but also for Saving lives, Stopping crime and providing Super-aid when necessary. Superman still continues with the same logo with subtle variations.
The Spiderman Logo
Spiderman, the famous Marvel Comics superhero is the creation of writer and editor Stan Lee, along with writer and artist Steve Ditko. It first appeared in August 1962 and today features in comic strips and has been made into a film series. Spiderman is famous for his strength, agility and his ability to cling on to surfaces, using his “web-shooters”. He can also react to danger quickly because of his “spider senses”. The Spiderman logo defines all of these qualities. The logo features a spider, with a strong background of web, which resembles the major strengths of Spiderman. The red background of the logo resembles the alert nature of the superhero, while the silver-grey spider adds to the elegance of his personality.
The Flash Logo
The Flash is a name shared by many fictional comic book superheroes from DC Comics. The original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 in January 1940. It was created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert. All the incarnations of Flash possess unique qualities like super speed and extraordinary reflexes. In their ability to run and move extremely fast, they seem to defy the laws of physics. In the Flash logo, we again see the extensive use of the colors red and yellow. The yellow lightening streak, inside a red box defines the hero’s superhuman speed and also gives the logo a bold appeal. The pointed edges of the lightening streak are included within a white circle that stands for friendliness.
The Wonder Woman Logo Design
In the 1940s, when the DC Comics was dominated by male superheroes like Green Lantern, Batman and most importantly Superman, Wonder Woman was introduced as a DC Comic super heroine. She made her first appearance in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston as a feminist role model for bringing love, peace and sexual equality to the world. The Wonder Woman logo has a powerful ‘W’ inscribed within an oval shape. This ‘W’ not only stands for her name but also has the shape of a flying bird with bold wings. This connotes her greatest superhuman ability, that of flight. The use of the red, white and blue colors, along with the white stars has patriotic overtones and is also in tune with the Wonder Woman’s costume.
The Fantastic Four Logo
The Fantastic Four is the first superhero ‘team’ to attract the attention of the audience. It first appeared in The Fantastic Four #1, published by Marvel Comics. It was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961. The four individuals, who make up the Fantastic Four, gained their powers as a result of an exposure to cosmic rays during a scientific mission to the outer space. In contrast to preceding superhero conventions, the Fantastic Four make no attempt to hide their identity. Instead, they maintain a high public profile and enjoy celebrity status on the account of their contribution to the society. The Fantastic Four logo has a circle which contains the number ‘4’ in blue. The circle is a family symbol and the number ‘4’ represents the four characters of the team. Due to the presence of four different individuals, it was not possible to highlight any particular feature in the logo. So they stuck to the number ‘4’. Although the Fantastic Four logo has used different color patterns over the years, the present blue color scheme seems to be the most suitable.
The X-Men are another superhero team created by Lee and Kirby. They were first published in The X-Men #1 by Marvel Comics, in 1963. The X-Men are a group of six, who possess superhuman powers because they were born with the”X-gene”, which normal human beings lack. This “X-gene” is an unknown gene which is said to cause mutant evolution and is the source of power for the X-Men. The comics originally dealt with common ideals of the good versus the evil, but later on introduced the theme of racism and prejudice in it. The X-Men logo bears the name of the superhero group, with a strong light at the center, which might stand for the light of knowledge and power. The letter ‘X’ is centered in the logo in such a way that it can’t be scene wholly and is in huge focus. This creates a larger than life impression that suits this group of superheroes perfectly. Also the use of the shining, grey color makes the logo look simple, yet attractive.
The Green Lantern Logo
The Green Lantern was created by Martin Nodell and Bill Finger. He first appeared in the All –American Comics #16, in July 1940. It was published by All-American Publications, which was one of the three companies that merged to form the DC Comics. The Green Lantern possesses a powerful ring that can control the physical world, as long as the user has the will power and the strength to use it. It is said to be the most powerful weapon in the universe. This ring has to be charged in every 24 hours by touching it to the lantern for a period of time. The color of the Green Lantern logo is green, as expected. The central shape of the logo is that of a stylized lantern. The presence of the multiple circles in the logo is suggestive of the powerful ring that the superhero possesses.