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Batman Logo Evolution
posted by Artw (37 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Artw at 3:32 PM on March 21, 2009


it's the software crack music

Interesting the way information that can be easily presented on a simple page is wrapped up in a flash application- just in out attention span can't .......
posted by mattoxic at 3:42 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Superman and Batman fought the Aliens and Predator? I did not know that.
posted by Science! at 3:43 PM on March 21, 2009


Well, they've all fought before...
posted by Artw at 3:44 PM on March 21, 2009


Also mentioned previously in a comment in the recent Batthread.
posted by dunkadunc at 3:53 PM on March 21, 2009


Well, they've all fought before...

yes. yes they have.
posted by sexyrobot at 3:55 PM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


They had it right in the 60's.
posted by eperker at 4:11 PM on March 21, 2009


I'd like this more if it showed an actual evolution rather than different versions over the years. The morphing-icons-set-to-music is a much less useful format than, say, just having all the icons on one big web page.
posted by Riki tiki at 4:24 PM on March 21, 2009 [4 favorites]


My personal favorite logo was the one that featured in the Tim Burton films, since they were what really got me into Batman in the first place. Extra props to this site for including the Sandy Collora film. Neat post.
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:26 PM on March 21, 2009


This reminds me of a fantastic bit of triva relayed by Rich Johnston:

'The logo for the Diabol Industrial Chemical company of Paris, France, in use at least by 1931.

'Bob Kane worked at Max Fleischer Studios from 1934. Max's brother, Dave Fleischer, was a director at the studio and had previously worked at the French film studio, Pathe.

'"The Batman" was created in 1939, credited to Bob Kane.'
posted by permafrost at 4:31 PM on March 21, 2009 [4 favorites]


Superman logo history.
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:37 PM on March 21, 2009


In other words, there must be more than one way to skin a bat...
posted by jonp72 at 4:47 PM on March 21, 2009


Batman, Knight of the Round Table

Yes. This I will have to find.

The Batman Beyond version is not a bat. That is a seagull.
posted by hippugeek at 4:52 PM on March 21, 2009


Superman and Batman fought the Aliens and Predator?

That sounds hideously awful.
posted by grouse at 5:04 PM on March 21, 2009


It's... competent. Not bad, but not exactly good either. The arts okay. I've not read stories with the previous alien/predator/superman/batman encounters so I can't say how it holds up in the light of those.
posted by Artw at 5:16 PM on March 21, 2009


Tangentially related, but the last several Fridays of moving from Brave and the Bold to BSG has been what manic-depression must feel like. (I guess Dollhouse would be like the Xanax island in-between had I been able to force myself to sit through it more than once. Well, and about a half.) If I could only keep one show on the air, though, I'm pretty sure it'd have to be Brave and the Bold. That thing is like sex and chocolate and kittens in cartoon form. Although I'm pretty sure that the end of BSG means I'm gonna, like, start leaving the house on Friday nights again (uh...if I finish this weekend-slaying story before next week, I mean), I will be all over the Cartoon Network site for the new episode the following day, believe me.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:29 PM on March 21, 2009


Never heard of Batman: Dead End until this. It was actually pretty decent, but I'm still not sure if it was meant to be sincere or camp.
posted by paisley henosis at 5:29 PM on March 21, 2009


"Show us all the logos you want, Val Kilmer will always be the TRUE bat."

Uh, no. As far as I'm concerned, all the ones between Michael Keaton and Christian Bale were sorry jokes.

Batsuit Evolution.
posted by fuse theorem at 6:07 PM on March 21, 2009


Was batman even in that last batman film?
posted by Artw at 6:46 PM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'd like an evolution of the Batman ethos better. From daring dogooder in the 40's, to clowny doofus playing with oversized props in the 60's and 70's, to avenging misanthrope in the 90's... I don't know what the heck he is now, though.
also, the get off my lawn grump of the future.
posted by Bernt Pancreas at 6:57 PM on March 21, 2009


That was cool, but the Cat Fight video following it had me in tears.
posted by Xoebe at 7:17 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


I like it when batman batmanned the batman with a batman.


Batman, batman batman batman!
posted by blue_beetle at 7:43 PM on March 21, 2009


Superman and Batman fought the Aliens and Predator?

Aliens & Predator Vs [$] are sometimes pretty good, but it was pretty obvious the fork was in the series after Aliens Vs Sugar & Spike and Predator Vs. The Adventures of Bob Hope.*

From daring dogooder in the 40's, to clowny doofus playing with oversized props in the 60's and 70's, to avenging misanthrope in the 90's... I don't know what the heck he is now, though.

You're a little off on your decades - Wikipedia actually has a pretty good run-down on Batman's thematic evolution.

*Who am I kidding, Aliens Vs Sugar & Spike would be awesome: "Got a tummy-ache, Doll-Boy?" "Don't call me Do-ARGHGHGHGHEEERHGH!!!!"
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:50 PM on March 21, 2009


Superman and Batman fought the Aliens and Predator?

That sounds hideously awful.


It actually wasn't too bad.
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:19 PM on March 21, 2009


It just didn't really feel like it had a compelling reason for existing, except for furthering the various franchises.
posted by Artw at 8:40 PM on March 21, 2009


After a few morphs I started to focus on the negative space instead of the logos. They started to look like mouths full of bad teeth.
posted by harriet vane at 8:51 PM on March 21, 2009


They started to look like mouths full of bad teeth.

When I was a little kid that's what I thought the Batman logo was.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:00 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


I remember when I was a kid, and I first saw one of those road signs with the <> arrows, and someone had spray painted a curved arrow on the bottom, in the middle, and a bat-head on the top.

I was like 11, but I thought that was awesome.
posted by paisley henosis at 9:07 PM on March 21, 2009


The road sign with the arrow pointing in either direction, rather. Like so.
posted by paisley henosis at 9:09 PM on March 21, 2009


I think this video is a selection of the logos the video maker liked, rather than a real "evolution" study - I mean, a whole bunch of them are missing, especially ones from the comics. It's cute, though, and shows a few that I'd never seen before.
posted by bettafish at 11:04 PM on March 21, 2009


Incidentally, anyone interested in this sort of thing should make a habit of reading Todd Klein's blog (linked in the previously). He really goes in depth on the subject.
posted by bettafish at 11:05 PM on March 21, 2009


Bernt Pancreas: In Mark Evanier & Sergio Aragones' comic Fanboy, there's an issue where every page or so, Batman changes through the different types of personality (usually drawn by a representative of that era, which is particularly rad; another issue has the story of Bill Gaines at the Comic Senate Hearings... drawn by Marie Severin!). If you're a comic geek, it's a pretty fun read, and I've always dug both Evanier's and Sergio's stuff.
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 12:19 PM on March 22, 2009 [2 favorites]


Is the music volume fluctuating annoyingly for anyone else?
posted by ODiV at 9:22 PM on March 22, 2009


It's because they have some sort of ducking/compression going on for the WHOOSH sound effects.
They could have done this much more effectively as a series of JPEG images on one web page, but then it wouldn't have been a flashy video that could be ripped off by Collegehumor.
Wow, I really hate Collegehumor.
posted by dunkadunc at 3:12 AM on March 23, 2009


piss poor metafilter post.
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 10:02 AM on March 23, 2009


paisley henosis, did you grow up in California? Cartoonist Jesse Reklaw drew a great comic about how he and a friend transformed signs into bat signs around when the Burton film came out.
The comic is called "Couch Tag" and it's great. 3rd issue is what you're looking for.
posted by JBennett at 11:34 AM on March 23, 2009


piss poor metafilter post.

Not so fast, Joker.
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:57 PM on March 23, 2009


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