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Funt Solo

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Logos Through the Ages
« on: 10 July, 2019, 03:36:36 am »
Inspired by a mention on another thread, I got thinking about the different logos for 2000 AD:

Original (1)Original & Starlord I (86)Original & Starlord II (100)

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Classic & Starlord (119)Classic & Tornado I (127)Classic & Tornado II (134)

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Comic Rock [one-off] (167)Classic [golden age] (178)Burning the Classic (554)

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Stamp (555)Stamp II [rounded] (842)Stamp III [bevelled] (889)

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Top Banner (950)Top Banner Inset (1033)Font Logo (1200)

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Stamp IV (1234)Stamp & Banner (p2008)Stamp & Banner II (1900)

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #1 on: 10 July, 2019, 04:00:43 am »
Thanks for this Funt.

My favorite is still the "Classic [golden age] (178)", maybe I am bias but this is the logo I knew when I started reading AD.

Funt Solo

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #2 on: 10 July, 2019, 04:34:37 am »
Whilst Comic Rock (prog 167) is perhaps the most memorable special logo, there have been a few others, of which this is a selection:

Newspaper (78)Yesterday's Hero (88)O'Neill (112)

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Newspaper II (843)Graffiti (1446)Volgan (1455)

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Bullet Holes (1678)Shakara (1727)Flashback (1830)

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #3 on: 10 July, 2019, 07:18:08 am »
Good work Funt Solo that makes for an interesting view. Always good to see the tweaks and turns the logo has undergone. Have to say the current one does a good job - when its not being entirely over-written!

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #4 on: 10 July, 2019, 09:54:34 am »
Yeah, the new one works. There are different contexts these days. Often, only the top of magazines is seen on the shelves. You also nee something that’ll work at digital thumbnail size – and so legibility is important (hence the blurred mess of 1200 not being good). I like the Prog 1 logo a lot, even if it’s a touch unwieldy. But what we have now for me comes a close second, and is likely the most pragmatic option.

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #5 on: 10 July, 2019, 10:19:24 am »
Prog 1's has always seemed very old-fashioned to me, and trying too hard. I put the appeal of that one down to nostalgia (the reason I prefer the classic/chrome of 178.

Do like the fact that Tharg felt the need to burn/comment on logo changes, directly. Funny how this kind of thing matters.

Current one is fine, agreed...

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #6 on: 10 July, 2019, 02:09:05 pm »
Love the original classics up to 554, don't like any of the others really (the "stamp" one is the worse IMO), until the current version - which is so plain as to be inoffensive, but also rather uninspiring.

hard to separate how much is aesthetic judgement and how much is nostalgia though!  :lol:

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #7 on: 10 July, 2019, 02:24:08 pm »
Seeing the Comic Rock logo, I was thinking of the 112 logo as well.

Wasn't there a heart-shaped logo for Valentine's Day one year?

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #8 on: 10 July, 2019, 02:26:30 pm »
Love the original classics up to 554, don't like any of the others really (the "stamp" one is the worse IMO), until the current version - which is so plain as to be inoffensive, but also rather uninspiring.

All three stamp ones, or just one of them?

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #9 on: 10 July, 2019, 03:20:18 pm »
Wasn't there a heart-shaped logo for Valentine's Day one year?

Aye, twice:

Heart (737)Heart (875)

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #10 on: 10 July, 2019, 04:31:47 pm »
Oh, I should have said: thanks to Barney for providing all the thumbnails, and an easy to scan cover repository.
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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #11 on: 10 July, 2019, 05:17:46 pm »
Love the original classics up to 554, don't like any of the others really (the "stamp" one is the worse IMO), until the current version - which is so plain as to be inoffensive, but also rather uninspiring.

All three stamp ones, or just one of them?

theyr'e all very similar - tis the bendiness that doth offend mine eye!

(don't know why I went all Shakespearian there!)

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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #12 on: 10 July, 2019, 05:23:38 pm »
Great work Funt! I've always loved the prog 119 logo. This was years before I was getting the prog (I started in '83) so it always had an exotic appeal to me. My experience of older stories back then (as reprinted in Best of 2000 AD and annuals etc.) was that the original-logo era stuff wasn't that great, but things really started cooking around the time they started using the arc-shaped logo. That wasn't based on much empirical data though.

As I said in the other thread I like the cut of prog 1200's jib, but accept it seems I am in the minority!

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« Reply #13 on: 10 July, 2019, 05:43:06 pm »
I like the story told with 554 and 555.

I really liked the stamp and the current. I'm a reader from prog 1.
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Re: Logos Through the Ages
« Reply #14 on: 10 July, 2019, 06:14:52 pm »
Tis the season...

Snow (145)Snow (606)Snow (658)

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Wrapping (772)Xmas Pudding (972)Festive Vector 13 (1023)

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(Vector 13 got themselves on the logo in prog 1015.)
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