Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Superman Logo

The Superman logo, also known as the Superman shield is the emblem for the superhero Superman. This iconic emblem is also referred to as the “S” shield. This logo served as a template for future characters such as Batman and Spiderman. As the original super-hero he and his symbol were the foundation upon which the comics industry has been built.

Brief History

Throughout the time of Superman he has had many different logos. Each logo represents and describes things about superman. The artist that designed these logos usually designed them according to the type of surroundings and the costume that Superman wore during that time.


Initially the S-shield had one meaning S for Superman. Some people say it’s because of their creators Siegel and Joe Shuster. The symbol however not only stands for Superman, but also means saving lives, stopping crime and giving super-aid whenever it is needed

The Colors

The superman emblem consists of two colors red and yellow. The red and yellow are the colors of the red sun of Krypton, Superman’s planet. Superman’s powers are activated by the earths yellow sun and red sun of Krypton representing his relation to the planet. Throughout the years the colors have changed gradually but still resemble the ionic yellow and red

The Evolution

In the very first Superman emblem there was the letter S on a yellow shield that resembled a police badge. The shield varied over the first few years of the comics, and many times was nothing more than a triangle with an S inside of it. The symbol became an inverted yellow triangle with a red S on the inside. In the 1940’s the shield then changed into a pentagon that was black with a red S outlined in yellow. This shield has changed over the years. The S has varied in size and shape so has the pentagon. The classic logo design is the basis for all other interpretations of the logo. In the mid 1990’s when Superman’s powers and costume changed the shield changed colors and shape in accordance with the changes in the costume.

Throughout the years the Superman logo has changed because of the different actors that play Superman and the costumes that they wear. Comic artists also play a role in the changes hat contribute to the logo. The artist changes the logo to make it more appealing to the audience and also it to make the logo easier to draw. All these factors contribute to the evolution of the Superman logo. Today in spite of all the changes the logo has suffered the fundamental details remain unchanged.

To the right is a time line between 1938 and 1970 illustrating the artists and actors that were involved in the evolution of the logo.

 Time Line

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