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The New DC Comics Logo

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From Bleeding Cool!

Welcome to the new DC Comics logo…. that you saw first at Bleeding Cool, obviously. Revealed at Fast Company who ran an interview with Dan DiDio and Jim Lee earlier, this is the real deal. And they come in a variety of colours, and designs, including a Watchmen yellow-with-blood-splatter variety, that, presumably, will be on the new Watchmen prequel comic books.

Bleeding Cool also mentioned how the touchscreen, interactive and animated aspect of the new logo would be a major aspect of it, and you can see that in action below, revealing Green Lantern.

The article quotes Amit Desai, Senior Vice President of Franchise Management at DC, who we also revealed was behind the presentation to DC Comics internally, as saying “We didn’t want a static logo, but a living identity that could capture the power of our characters and storytelling. What is special about DC content is the notion of a dual identity. When you think about our DC Comics superheroes, there’s a secret identity. When you think about Vertigo, it’s this notion of good vs. evil in many of the stories. And so, in addition to flexibility, the new logo communicates this idea of dual identity: there’s more than meets the eye. You have to take a closer look to understand the richness of our characters and stories.”

The article also mentions DC Comics Executive Vice President of Sales John Rood’s involvement in the branding alongside Landor Associates. This man already has a tattoo of Texas on one ankle, we hope the new DC logo will join it on the other ankle.

And while there has been criticism, at least of the trademarked version of the logo, Desai states that this decision was taken after major focus group activities including comic book fans. So if you don’t like it, you are collectively to blame. They also confirm the font of the letters, as Gotham Bold.

And as for the blander, more corporate look that many criticised the trademarked version of the logo, that seems to be reserved for the more corporate, official arm, DC Entertainment.

DC Comics has shown how their new logo will be used on current books and current branding. Looks like the edge of the D will be pushed hard against the spine of a comic, so the “peel” comes right off the edge of the comic.

The press release reads “DC Entertainment, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company and home to iconic brands DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD, revealed today a new brand identity.  The new identity is reflective of the company’s mission to fully realize the value of a rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters, distinguished by incredible breadth and depth across publishing, media and merchandise.  A new logo for DC Comics was also introduced, closely aligning with DC Entertainment’s new mark.”

Reading the rest of it, I think it’s going to be called the DC Flip. The Vertigo and MAD logos will also receive a From DC Entertainment line beneathe them.

They still aren’t revealing the animated version. That will come another day. Keep watching Youtube…

Editor’s Note: I still don’t like these but they do look much better with color.