Probably the best letters page request I’ve received from Editor ragingsquidjake to design! “Hey Manny, can you Silver Surfer me please?” :-)
The letters page from Silver Surfer #1. Because I love puns. I LOVE THEM, YOU GUYS. wavechan knows what I’m talking about. Special thanks to mannymederos for putting this page together and Silver Surfer-ing me.
So I also handle many of the Avenger’s books in the Bullpen and was asked to design logos for Avengers World, Mighty Avengers, and Avengers Undercover.
When approaching the Avengers World logo, I was asked to create something that would best represent the Avengers tackling global issues. So I created a—you guessed it, globe! I was picturing the graphic elements they use on cable network news, so I wanted this logo to have some curve to it. Give it that 3-D look. Since the globe was pretty detailed already, I wanted the rest to balance out, be clear, legible, and simplistic. I remember struggling with the perfect type for WORLD, it was a bit of a challenge but we were able to settle on what you see above.
Mighty Avengers was another great one. Jonathan Hickman had already established the main Avengers and New Avengers logos. They were more like symbols rather than the traditional comic logos so I wanted to continue that line. My first move was I placed the A into a hexagon shape, I thought it would contrast well from the other Avengers/New Avengers logos. Next step was to figure out how to place MIGHTY in the hexagon without covering up too much of the A. I thought a spray painted stencil would be a nice touch since these aren’t the average Avengers. These guys fight tough and take it to the streets. Do what they have to do even if that means tagging another teams logo ;)
Finally Avengers Undercover. This was a logo that had to be gritty, leaving the reader questioning whether this team is made up of good guys or villains. It also follows Avengers Arena so I brought in the A from that logo to tie the series together.
So there you have it, another inside scoop in Behind the Design.
So it’s no surprise at the office that DAREDEVIL is my favorite character and series of all the Marvel titles out there today.
So I was really happy when my editor asked me to revamp the logo for the ALL-NEW NOW DD title. First off, I didn’t want to stray from the original shape because I wanted readers to say “Hey!, this is still the same great DD book I’ve been reading all along with a fresh new look to it”. I LOVE Mark Waid’s and Chris Samnee’s run. It has so much bounce and energy to it, so I had to indicate that in the logo by giving it a new text treatment. I also dropped in some devil horns as well to give it that cartoonish feel.
Then I was EXTREMELY pleased to be asked to make the 50th Anniversary Badge for DD. I thought to myself, “The traditional anniversary badges usually just have the number of years and a character’s logo next to it”, so I wanted to do something special for the red horned hero. I was thinking to myself, “What’s a catchy phrase?” Right away I thought of 50 YEARS WITHOUT FEAR! it’s a nice little twist to the tag line and is totally what Matt Murdock is all about, especially with all the stuff he’s had to deal with all these years. I mocked three types just in case, but we all sided with the first one right away.
So there you have it, a little inside scoop into Behind the Design ;)
***Just a side note, but I have to say it. Aren’t those Samnee covers GORGEOUS!!?