The 12 Best Superhero Logos

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by Howard Decker @HowardTheDeck on August 23, 2012

in Comics, Lists

Not all superheroes have great logos. Some extremely popular heroes don’t even have a logo, or if they do it is not widely recognized.

Sometimes the logo is cooler than the hero.

While there are certainly cooler superheroes than the 12 on this list, these heroes have the best/most recognizable logos.

Let’s begin!

 

12. Deadpool

You didn’t think we’d run any list like this without the venerable Wade Wilson, did you? He’s kinda our go-to guy. If we ever had to hire a merc to take down a competing site (ya never know), ‘Pool’s our man.

 

11. Spawn

The coolest logo to come out of the 1990s.

 

10. Fantastic Four

So basic, yet so awesome. The best part about how simple this logo is, is that through the years it has been updated many times but it always remains the same core design.

 

9. Green Lantern

The logo of the Green Lantern Corps has always been highly recognizable among the superhero-loving community, but over the last 15 years it has gained much mainstream notoriety. Such a simple design yet so powerful.

 

8. X-Men

Again, simple but awesome. No need for change.

7. Greatest American Hero

Some may consider this a stretch, but consider two things: he is the Greatest American HERO, and this logo is among the coolest ever designed.

 

6. Spider-Man

Another logo that has been modified over the years but has stayed true to the original design. Love it.

 

5. Flash

Seen on t-shirts everywhere and tattooed on many pro athletes with the gift of speed, The Flash’s logo is one of the all-time greats.

 

4. Captain America

Iconic and American – perfectly fitting the character. Makes for a hell of a cool shield design, too.

 

3. Superman

Possibly the most iconic superhero logo in history. Recognizable around the world, this logo set the standard for all other subsequent superhero logos.

 

2. Batman

It doesn’t get any cooler than this. Okay, well – I guess one logo is cooler…

 

1. Punisher

Hands down the coolest superhero logo you can wear on a t-shirt- and the best part? The hero it signifies- wears it on a t-shirt.

 

 

Honorable Mention: 

Hellboy

 

Who did we miss? Tell us your favorite superhero logo in the comments!

 

  • Lamar the Revenger

    Yes. A very good list. For the GL logo, the other Lantern Corp logos should be added to the side as spinoffs.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      Good call. I almost put the Sinestro Corps logo on the lest, then realized that would be a separate list – Top Supervillain Logos! Some of the other color Corps’ logos are a bit complicated and look too much alike, but some are great. Black Lantern logo is great, Blue Lantern could have been better.

      • Artful Mac

        I think you should do another list, I quite enjoyed this one. However, I’d like to point out that Deadpool is not a hero, but a mercenary. He is awesome, and lovable, but too many seem to feel that his popularity makes him a hero. So I’d like to see another list with as many neutral characters as you can find. The aforementioned villain logo list would also be cool.

        • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

          If you like lists, you’re in the right place! Click the LISTS tab at the top menu, tons of top 5s, top 25s, top 50s, and even some top 100s! Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://www.shezcrafti.com ShezCrafti

    I’d have put Batman at #1, but these are all great picks. My favorite that didn’t make the cut is the original cartoon logo for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was also used in the first three live-action films. Of course, I may be a little biased, though. ;)

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      A good choice as well. I never think of the TMNT as superheroes, I guess I should though. I couldn’t make a good argument against it.

  • http://eclectikrelaxation.com @eclectik

    Is the list the coolest, the best looking, or the most recognized?

    Good list, I’d change the order a bit but … kudos.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      Best, just like it says! But yes, many things factor into the determination of ‘best’ = coolness, recognizability, design, ability to pull ass with the logo on your shirt… oh sorry, I didn’t factor that one in

  • http://coldslitherpodcast.com Classick Material

    No Avengers logo? It was in the image preview… Not that I’m complaining, actually not a big fan of the big “A”.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      Hey – I had to tease with the logo, or nobody would read the list! (Notice Punisher is not on the teaser) I’m with you, Classick – the ‘A’ doesn’t impress me (which is odd, since the ’4′ does.

  • Tom

    Pretty solid list, there might be a few that didn’t make it tat would have and arguement (the aforementioned Avengers for one) but I don’t know who you’d throw out. I’m glad you added the honorable mention, I’ve always loved the BPRD logo

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      Thanks Tom – it seems the Avengers logo has gotten some support, but to me it wasn’t as good as any of these 10. Thanks for reading as always Tom!

  • http://eclectikrelaxation.com @eclectik

    Id replace X Men for Avengers … but I’d take both off for the Wonder Woman Logo

    You’d think Hulk would have a Logo

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      WW was definitely in the final 12, but she ultimately got edged out. Looks too much like an airline logo.

  • Firefly Cobra

    The Thunderbolts logo was badass. I know they were villains, but they were heroes too…..so, it could have been on the list.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      absolutely. Love the Thunderbolts.

  • http://www.bonigala.com/ Mash Bonigala

    Nice article! Here is another article that lists the top 10 super hero logos and the thinking behind each of them: http://www.logodesignworks.com/blog/top-10-superhero-logos

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      Cool! Thanks for the comment

  • DanB

    I love logos. The cleaner the design, and the more concise the message the better. One honourable mention might go out to the wonderful logo for the Incredibles. A great movie that sends out a lot of love to the superheroes we all grew up, with an excellent and colourful logo.

  • Francis Conner

    hmm, where’s the logo/icon from D.C.’s short run series Wild Dog? That’s one of the best, bad ass logos I’ve ever seen. Guess the miniseries is pretty much unknown to most DC fans unless you were buying comics heavily in the mid 80′s… but I highly recommend it. For it’s time it’s got some of the most over the top violence, surprising from DC at that time, save the watchmen graphic novel… but you’ll be floored by how much death and blood the 4 issue mini series has.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      I’ll have to check that out- thanks for the tip! And thanks for the comment!

  • Local Man

    There is one I would put over several on this list: The Incredibles. It is a simple design, yet more sophisticated than many of the classics. Lower case “i” in bright yellow on a black oval surrounded by an orange-y yellow swirling outline, all on a red background. Plus, I would say that it is more recognized than several of the others, like Deadpool, Spawn or probably even Fantastic Four.

  • Nuala

    i think Hellboy deserves more than a special mention. Hellboy is so kickass and awesome.

    • Howard Decker

      I agree that Hellboy is kickass and awesome, and his logo is cool, but I don’t see it in the same light as these others. It is definitely cool, not arguing that!

  • morgan wesley

    cool. im happy the spawn logo was on here.
    no one seems to care for spawn nowadays.
    he still on of my favs.

    • Howard Decker

      It’s way too cool a logo to not list. Thanks for the comment!

  • Trips

    Batman and punisher are not super hero’s, they have no super powers. They are regular guys who use weapons

  • Bernie

    I hate to point it out, because it’s really giving my age away, but The Phantom was using the death’s head logo decades before the Punisher (1936 vs 1974)

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