The Shield of Superman: The Evolution of an Icon [Infographic]

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It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Superman! Superman made his comics debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and has since been one of the most recognizable heroes on the planet. Though Superman is so noticeable, Clark Kent does a surprisingly great job at keeping his identity a secret with a simple pair of glasses. Of course, he's also in street clothes and not his signature costume featuring his red cape and "S" icon on his chest. Though not much has changed about Superman's main costume, the logo itself has undergone some altercations over the years. Our Superman infographic cover's the logo's various incarnations in both comics and popular culture, starting with its first appearance in 1938 and culminating with what the famed "S" that Henry Cavill wears as the DCEU Man of Steel. 

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Do any of these logos stand out to you? It's hard to picture the Man of Steel with anything outside of the standard red and yellow shield. One of the best thing's about Superman is dressing up as him for Halloween. There certainly won't be anyone guessing who you are if you're wearing a full red and blue Man of Steel costume. However, if you want something easier and a little more ambiguous, you can always dress as Clark Kent. 

Aleksandra Sobic

Aleksandra is HalloweenCostumes.com’s brand manager and senior Mario consultant. She believes that her stature, hair, passion for pink, and reverence of cake, make her the ideal candidate to play Princess Peach on Broadway. Some additional interests include crafting, wine, correcting people’s grammar, obsessing over Jurassic Park (remember, women inherit the earth!), and brainstorming ways to make sexy costume representations of typically un-sexy pop culture characters. Donkey Kong was a breeze but Jabba the Hutt is proving formidable.


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  • Chad Boettcher
    Another great infographic Kate!
    Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM
  • Felipe Rego
    This is SO COOL! Thank you for making this collage.
    I prefer the 1993 shield (from both comics and popular culture).
    Friday, June 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM
  • BenS
    Awesome work. Loving the comparative formal analysis.
    Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM