Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Anatomy of a Logo: The Complete Jack Kirby


Greg Theakston, publisher of Pure Imagination, asked me to design the logo for his new series, The Complete Jack Kirby, a collection of Kirby’s illustrations, comic strips and early comic book work. The logo sketches were developed over two days, March 16 and 17, 1993. 

In this design, each word was stacked on its own line. The red perspective and arc guide lines were added next. A tighter drawing was made on velum. 


The same steps, as above, were used on this design.


The bottom sketch on this sheet was made first. The sketch on the following sheet came next. The third sketch is at the top on this sheet.


Two designs were faxed to Greg, who chose the second one.


The design was enlarged on a photocopier. The photocopy was positioned on a light box then a sheet of LetraMax was placed over it. The letters and stars were penciled then inked. A photostat of the final art was sent to Greg.


Below are two volumes from The Complete Jack Kirby series.


Today, August 28, is Jack Kirby’s 95th birthday; photo of Kirby’s birthplace is here. Next post on Monday, Lettering & Calligraphy.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Typography: New York City Subway Maps


The other side of the New York Subway Guide 1972 map.


November 18, 2008

by Paul Shaw

Documentary Film

MTA New York City Subway


May 27, 2010

September 23, 2011

Transportation Graphics


Seeing New York
The Official MTA Travel Guide (1976)
front and back covers

1977


1978


1979


1983


1985


1987


1990


1992

Token Trips Travel Guide (1994)
back and front covers


1996

1998

2001


2002

2003


2004


2009


2012

(Next post tomorrow: The Complete Jack Kirby)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Under Cover: Dinosaur Tales


Byron Preiss produced a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories called Dinosaur Tales, which was published by Bantam Books. The book featured illustrations by Overton Loyd, Moebius, Kenneth SmithSterankoWilliam StoutDavid Weisner and Gahan Wilson. Ray Harryhausen wrote the foreword, and Bradbury did the introduction.

Byron told me that Bantam Books wanted Bradbury’s name and the title to be big. I used a few LetraSet typefaces, whose names I’ve forgotten. With Instant Lettering it was easy to manipulate the letterspacing and baseline of the words. Below are a couple of cover comps, with smaller type, featuring Stout’s first concept for the cover art.



Big and bolder type was requested for the cover revision, as well as a new cover art concept.

Bantam Books, 1983, trade paperback;
cover art by William Stout

Story opening page sample

Text spread sample with running head and folio
(and rubber cement stains)

Kenneth Smith art

Part-title page with Kenneth Smith art

Title page with Kenneth Smith art

Copyright page with Kenneth Smith art

Contents page with Kenneth Smith art

Foreword with Kenneth Smith art

Introduction with Kenneth Smith art

“Besides a Dinosaur, Whatta Ya Wanna Be When You Grow Up?”

David Wiesner art

David Wiesner art

David Wiesner art

David Wiesner art

“A Sound of Thunder”

William Stout art

William Stout art

William Stout art

William Stout art

William Stout art

William Stout art

William Stout art

William Stout art

William Stout art

“Lo, The Dear, Daft Dinosaurs!”
Overton Loyd art

Overton Loyd art

Overton Loyd art

Overton Loyd art

“The Fog Horn”

Steranko art

Steranko art

Steranko art

Steranko art

Steranko art

“What If I Said: The Dinosaur’s Not Dead”

Gahan Wilson art

“Tyrannosaurus Rex”

Moebius art

Moebius art

Moebius art

Moebius art

Moebius art


Byron sent a photocopy of Ray's letter to me.

Bantam Books, 1984, mass market paperback;
cover art by Sanjulian

Bastei Lubbe, 1985, German paperback

Barnes & Noble, 1996, hardcover;
cover art by William Stout;
jacket design by Curtis Tow

Dinosaur Tales
iBooks, 2003


RAY BRADBURY
(1922 – 2012)


(Next post August 27: New York City subway maps)