“In 1945, National Periodical Publications (later simply known as DC Comics) trademarked Superman’s symbol, allowing the ability to print his stories in perpetuity, rather than allowing the printed material to become public domain after 75 years, as was the norm at that time. The ability to license and merchandise the character created another source of income for the comics industry.”
Clark Kent first appeared between 1934-35.
In 1944, the trademarked version of the symbol appeared in Superman 26.
“Superman’s symbol has become recognizable all over the world. However, at one time it wasn’t very consistently drawn — and that is the crux of this article. Prior to having trademarked the symbol, it went through a great deal of change. Here is the story as we know it.”
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