Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Who's the Best...Captain America logo?


Karen: Here's a nice, simple one today, following on the Batman logo post from April. Which of these Captain America logos do you favor?












18 comments:

C.K. Dexter Haven said...

My personal nostalgia falls at #5 or #6 but that Cap and Falc at #4 is rather snazzy, too. However, it is a bit before my time as far as first run stuff goes. Falcon's appearances between 1979-85 (my prime reading years) seem to me rather scarce, at least in my memory, so I always looked back to his partnership with Cap as some lost golden age that I *just* missed out on. I'm pretty sure Falcon had more appearances than I remember (Avengers, in the pages of Cap, his miniseries, etc) but I wanted more. Okay, digression-to-be-ignored now over. ;)

J.A. Morris said...

I'm going with the 4th option:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fXdNa0z4w9I/VXe-0QJOg6I/AAAAAAAAFGU/EJ7KKI8MKDQ/s1600/cap%2Blogo%2B6.jpg

Martinex1 said...

I like the striped and curved one with the Falcon. What is the Captain Cursive one from? It is like he signed the Declaration of Independence. That is the worst.

William said...

I like the 5th one down. The just Captain America, curved with the color stripes.

Doug said...

The fourth one from the bottom is really obnoxious. It's so large, it reminds me of the "you could win a Schwinn bike" or whatever those huge banner ads were circa 1978.

I rather like the third one, with Falc's name slightly smaller. And those corner box images... love 'em!

Doug

C.K. Dexter Haven said...

The cover of #296 reminds me of that "Death of the Red Skull" arc I loved so much as a kid and still do today (even got the TPB recently in a recent rebuying craze of all things Cap). I'm not the world's most enthusiastic J.M. DeMatteis fan--I really tried to like his run on The Defenders but it was just too hit-or-miss for me. However, I have always thoroughly enjoyed his run on Captain America, as well as his one of his better creations, Vermin, who was used to great effect in "Kraven's Last Hunt."

Humanbelly said...

Although #'s 1, 4 and 5 are the ones I'm most familiar with, for some reason I really, really liked that simple, blocky logo for #6--- the first one w/out the red,white & blue motif. It's from a time when I was enjoying the book a lot-- one of the few times I bought it regularly-- and its simplicity seemed to have more in common with Cap than the more declarative, in-your-face previous iterations.

HB

J.A. Morris said...

The logo with the star is a reminder of everything I hated about 1990s comics.

david_b said...

Totally agreed with JA on the '90s masthead.

I just took down that issue you took #2 off of (ish 134, putting up DD 114, with the Man-Thing cover this morning).

Love #1 and #4 the best, but the size of the Falcon in #2 and #4 seems a tad too big. It should remain smaller like in #3, but agreed with most, #3 annoyed me because of it's computer-like font. Totally wrong for Cap.

I say smaller because while I love Sam Wilson AND their partnership, the Falcon logo didn't have any comparative pizzazz to Cap's patriotic logo, so you shouldn't have it take up as much cover space as if it did.

In fact at some point we can compare several duo titles (GL/GA) and discuss which worked best for both stars versus a 'main hero-and-sidekick' book. And YES, I know Sam was NOT a 'sidekick', just making a notion.

#4 is by far the most iconic for us Bronze Agers. :)

Edo Bosnar said...

My favorite is the sixth one down (or fifth from the bottom) from the 1980s. Simple and powerful - I actually don't like the ones with the red, white & blue stripes. Also, I rather like the second one from the bottom, i.e., the cursive that Martinex seems to dislike...

Doug said...

I think the cursive logo is from a set of one-shots called "Theater of War". But I could be way off on that guess.

Doug

Doug said...

Nope -- I should have looked it up before I posted. I am wrong on "Theater of War".

Doug

Redartz said...

Although number 4 holds many fond memories, I lean towards number 6. The striped logos were attractive and appropriate, but it seemed they limited the overall background color of the cover. How many yellow covers did Cap feature in the 70's?

Karen said...

Those logos are essentially chronological, although some of the older Cap logos were re-used years later. #1 is from the late 60's era, #2 appeared briefly in 1971 before being supplanted by the #4 we all know and love -but #3 was brought in to run for a few issues, followed by an even clunkier version (not shown here) before #4 was brought back! That well-known logo ran with a few breaks from 1971 to 1978, when "the Falcon" was cleaved off on issue 223.

Then we were left with logo #5, just 'Captain America' in those curved red, white, and blue letters, until issue 275 in 1982, when logo 6 took over. That's another long-lived one. It made it all the way to 1991 -and that's when things started to get pretty ugly. I didn't post all of the 90s logos here. Suffice to say, some were pretty bad, and during that period, there was a propensity for covering the logos with captions and art. #7 shows up in 1994. In the late 90s they went back to a version of #5. In 1999, #8 shows up.

The cursive #9 is from the John Cassaday run of the 2002, and #10 is from 2013. Not every single log is shown, but quite a few!

Anonymous said...

Number 4 because it's waving like a flag and I like Falcon.

- Mike Loughlin

Anonymous said...

Probably #5 for me...it's the one that jumps to mind when I think of Captain America.

Mike Wilson

Rip Jagger said...

Number two is neat and effective for the duo, but give me Number One for Cap himself.

Rip Off :)

Anonymous said...

Gotta go with #1,#2,#4,#5. All the others are a bit too modern or else they don't scream 'Cap' in my ears.


- Mike 'Captain Trinidad' from Trinidad & Tobago.

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