Supergirl Logo

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The Supergirl logo looks similar to that of Superman: it contains a red heraldic shield with a symbol similar to the letter “S.” But not many people know that it’s actually not “S” but the insignia of House of El, worn by all Kryptonians – representatives of the great civilization from the planet Krypton.

Supergirl: Brand overview

Founded:May 1959
Founder:Otto Binder and Al Plastino
United States
The heroine Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) was created in 1959 by two artists, Al Plastino and Otto Binder. Initially, the authors endowed her with skills such as invulnerability, super hearing, super vision, speed, strength, and breath. She had standard Kryptonian abilities, just like her cousin Superman. But then editorial policy changed, and the comic book developers decided to keep only one survivor from the planet Krypton – Superman. And the name Supergirl went to other characters. Over time, Kara Zor-El returned and supplanted all alternate versions.

Meaning and History

Supergirl Logo History

Since Supergirl was related to Superman in the original story, she was also a Kryptonian. Therefore, her costume featured the so-called S-Shield – a pentagonal asymmetrical figure with a red “S” in the middle. According to the story, this symbol was worn by all humanoid aliens from the planet Krypton, which belonged to the famous House of El family. And the fact that the sign resembled an “S” was a mere coincidence.

What is Supergirl?

Supergirl is a superhero pseudonym that first belonged to Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El. This was followed by other fictional characters of a similar name: the protoplasmic Matrix (who debuted in 1988), the near-deadly demon cultist Linda Danvers (who was Supergirl in six episodes of the 1996 series), her daughter Ariella Kent (who first appeared in 1998) and Superman’s “daughter” Cir-El (her adventures began in 2003). At the same time, the main and most famous of them is Kara Zor-El.

1959 – 1985

Kara Zor-ElLinda Lee Danvers Logo 1959

This logo first appeared in 1955 on the Superman costume, and then the comic book creators “gave” it to Supergirl, the alter ego of Kara Zor-El. So in the 1959 issue of Action Comics #252, Supergirl wore a yellow heraldic shield symbol with a red border and a stylized “S” (which is not actually a letter) on her chest. The emblem looked like a diamond-shaped rhombus with a cropped top and was used until 1985.


Supergirl Logo 1984

In 1984, the British film Supergirl was released, a spin-off to the Superman series. There, Supergirl’s logo looked almost identical to the original and differed from the original version only in a few details:

    1. It was brighter and lighter, although the color combination didn’t change: yellow was still used for the base and red for the outlines and lettering.
    2. The designers made the edges of the “diamante” more even, removing the slight convexity.
    3. The “S” was balanced and got a new shape: its lower part lacked a fat dot on end, and the upper ledge was deflected to the right at an angle of about 45 degrees.

1998 – 2006

Supergirl Logo 1998

In one episode of The New Batman Adventures, in Justice League Unlimited, and in Superman, the Supergirl logo took on a new color scheme. A dark maroon has replaced the bright shade of red, and the yellow, which was always rich, has become dull. At the same time, the designers made the contours of the shield narrower to widen the interior space. The shape of the “S” has also changed: there is a thickening at the bottom of the letter, and the angle of the top serif has been reduced.

2015 – today

Supergirl Logo

In 2015, the American television series Supergirl was launched, which contained six seasons and was released until 2021. Its creators improved the superheroine symbol using modern graphics. As a result, the S-Shield had shadows and a gradient, making the image three-dimensional. The frame of the shield was widened, with gold and beige outlines on the inside. Exactly the same trim was on the “S.” After the redesign, the letter had a flowing shape, and the circle on the bottom turned into a large rectangular serif. The background behind the “S” is now blue.

Font and Colors

Supergirl Symbol

In the comics, movies, and cartoons, Supergirl wears the S-Shield on her chest, a representative symbol in the form of a heraldic shield with the letter “S.” But it’s not really a letter, but the family crest of the House of El to which the superheroine belongs (if we’re talking about Kara Zor-El, sister of Superman). In Kryptonians, this sign means hope for a better future.

The glyph on the Supergirl emblem changed frequently but was always bold and decorated with an upward-pointing serif. Obviously, the artists drew it by hand. The classic colors of the logo are red and yellow. They were quite bright in the original, but the hues have changed over time. For example, in Superman: The Animated Series, the red became a dark maroon, and the yellow lost its richness and warmth. The 2015 Supergirl series started using a gradient, with the designers changing from yellow to navy blue.

Supergirl color codes

Turkey RedHex color:#aa1008
RGB:170 16 8
CMYK:0 91 95 33
Pantone:PMS 485 C
Indigo DyeHex color:#103d6a
RGB:16 61 108
CMYK:85 42 0 58
Pantone:PMS 541 C
Maximum Yellow RedHex color:#e7b762
RGB:231 183 98
CMYK:0 21 58 9
Pantone:PMS 1355 C
LicoriceHex color:#160902
RGB:22 9 2
CMYK:0 59 91 91
Pantone:PMS Neutral Black C