Culture & Lifestyle
Published November 11, 2019

The Avengers Logo Gets a New Look in Marvel’s First In-House Design Contest

See the five finalist designs here!

Following a call to Marvel staffers for submissions of a new version of the Avengers logo, Marvel's Global Creative Services and Brand & Franchise Management teams has named its finalists!

The Avengers icon is recognized and celebrated around the world, and Marvel employees had the chance to celebrate this symbol by sharing their creative voices and re-imagining the iconic “A” logo for a chance to be used for an upcoming consumer products initiative.

Avengers logos

The Avengers Icon Challenge was judged by a panel including C.B. Cebulski (Editor-In-Chief), Lorraine Cink (Talent & Senior Creative Producer), Ryan Penagos (VP & Creative Executive), Joe Quesada (EVP, Creative Director), and Mary Sprowls (VP, Human Resources), who chose five finalist and ten runner-up designs from the 46 entries submitted by employees across the company. The designs were evaluated anonymously, without the judges knowing who had submitted them.

The five finalist designs were created by Ann Marie Lombardo (Digital Design Lead), Frank Marullo (Senior Art Director), Jose Rey (Art Director), and Solomon Swerling (Script Coordinator). Following them, the ten runner-up designs were made by Monique Cleckley (Brand Assurance Licensing Rights Coordinator), Yuni Hong (Junior Designer), Seth Lehman (Assistant Chief Counsel), David Powell (Junior Motion Graphics Artist), Jose Rey (Art Director), Nelson Ribeiro (Graphic Designer), and Adam Stafford (Junior Designer).

Avengers logo design by Frank Marullo

“Being part of the management team for our first in house contest was an honor,” said David Engel, Executive Art Director, Style Guide and Retail Creative. “I saw a lot of great designs from all areas across the company which was truly inspiring.”

Avengers logo design by Jose Rey

The winners were chosen based on their successful creative interpretations and variations of the Avengers icon. Speaking on Lombardo’s finalist design, Penagos said, “It grabbed me with its simplicity. A great design should be visible from afar, and that easily stands out as a possible Avengers A. The black and gold aesthetic is also quite striking.”

Avengers logo design by Ann Marie Lombardo

Swerling’s submissions impressed the judges with his versions of character-specific icons, both chosen to be included amongst the five finalist designs. “Out of all the character-specific designs this is my absolute favorite,” said Quesada on Swerling’s Captain America icon.

Avengers logo design by Solomon Swerling

Swerling’s second design, a Ms. Marvel-inspired icon, was a favorite for Cink. “When I saw this icon, I gasped! I love the creativity of how the iconic parts of Ms. Marvel’s costume were incorporated within her strong color palette,” she said.

Avengers logo design by Solomon Swerling

The five finalist designs have been made into T-shirts available directly in the Marvel Design Vault on Amazon.

Thank you to all the Marvel staffers who participated in the contest. We are excited to see Marvel fans around the world celebrate the Avengers icon with us!

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