The evolution of the DC Comics logo

The History Of DC Comics Logo

The DC Comics logo has gone through many incarnations since the company’s inception in the late 1930s. As the company found its legs, its purpose and what it stood for it


The Simple DC Logo In The 1940s

So, in 1940, DC’s first logo appeared. It was very simple and simply involved two circles and simple text. DC originally specialised in Detective Comics (hence DC).

DC Comics logo - A Publication. A simple circle in black & white

The Superman DC Comics

As the company DC Comics developed and the types of comics began to expand, specifically with the introduction of Superman to DC Comics, the DC comics too developed to incorporate this:

The arrival of Superman changes DC comics logo. The word Superman was added to the circle.

First Colors For DC Comics Logo

Furthermore, in 1949, the company changed its name to National Comics. The DC Comics logo was subtly adjusted to accommodate this. Colour was also added at this time.

A circle where Superman is in red and the words National Comics have been added.

Circle DC With Sans Serif And Bold

More importantly, it was in the 70s, 1972 to be exact that the recognizable bold sans serif DC letters were first introduced, still within the simple circle. Furthermore, this DC comics logo lasted from 1972-1974 before DC decided to play with it again.

A round ring with the two letters DC in red.

The Line Of Superstars

During 1974 the logo was again adjusted to include two starts and more text. However, this dc comics logo was a bit crowded, and akin to baseball logos of the time. Don’t you think?

A crowded ring with text and two stars. The text says "The Line Of Super Stars DC

Longest Running DC Comics Logo

As the company gained a new publisher another new DC comics logo was designed. This one, known as the bullet was the longest running logo and one of DCs most recognizable. For me, it reminds me of an old vinyl record. Furthermore, it first appeared in 1976 and was used until 2005.

A very different DC Comics logo evolved. All in black & white with 4 stars

New Colour Scheme 2005-2012

More interesting fact is that the logo that followed lasted from 2005-2012 and has been quite recognizable and liked by many. Furthermore, this one changes the colour scheme completely and the font. Mostly,it was re-designed to go along with DC’s move into the wider entertainment sectors including film.

A blue DC Comics Logo design with a ring around the DC instead of a solid circle. Only one star is left

No More Circle Shapes For DC Comics Logo

In the early 2000, DC added a new DC comics logo. They got rid off the trademark circular shape and stuck instead to the DC, pairing down the logo to its basics. During that time, the first response to the simple base for the logo was not good, however as DC revealed its many incarnations and comic specific designs for the new logo, it became clearer why they had chosen to do this. 

Furthermore, this new logo also works well across different mediums, which is important in this time of cross-platform productions. In my opinion, this is quite exciting and the different designs are quite effective. I however am still partial to the black 1976 logo. One question still remains, should a logo be timeless?

What do you think?


Today, in 2023, the amount of DC characters is bless almost and ever growing.

Different colors and however the look remains the same. Green, orange black and different shades of grey.

Want to know more about the evolution of different famous logos? Take a look at Harley Davidson logos  over the years. If you have a DC comics logo you’d like to suggest for our logo evolutions spotlights, pleased submit it via our Facebook page or via Twitter @thelogocompany.

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