“Presented here are pages from the highly sought after, but never published for sale, 1982 DC Comics Style Guide. These images were used for marketing and licensing while also serving as reference material for other artists.”

DC Comics style guide

The “DC Bullet” logo (in use between 1977 and 2005, designed by Milton Glaser) only appears on the cover, and looking at the logo alongside the illustrations, it really doesn’t seem like a great fit.

Anyway, comic fan or not, I thought you’d appreciate a look at this piece of illustrative history.

DC Comics style guide

DC Comics style guide

DC Comics style guide

Related is the evolution of the Batman logo.

DC Comics style guide

DC Comics style guide

Plastic Man had quite the strut.

DC Comics style guide

Plenty more spreads in this Facebook set. Illustrations by José Luis García-López. Via Khoi.

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September 7, 2015

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