A Sense of En-title-ment - Creating Classic Titles
- Mon 13 Dec 2010
Some mementos from the days before PCs...
The title of each Commando issue is a unique creation, designed
to complement the title and enhance the cover artwork. Nowadays,
the titles are created on computers (using programs like
Illustrator or Photoshop).
Up until the 1990s however, the titles were hand-drawn or hand
painted (often on acetate as you can see here) - and hand cut.
Designers would lay out the title on paper as a rough, then
transfer this to painted acetate when it was approved. This
was then used in conjunction with layout boards (along with the
logos described below). When a final combination was decided on, it
was sent to be photographed and used with the artwork to generate a
Here are a few of those hand-lettered titles on transparent film,
relics of a time when the cover pages were laid out by hand.
As a bonus, here are some shots of Commando logos, created in a
variety of colours by the same process. The person laying out the
cover and pick a logo according to colour tones, trying to match
the logo with the issue's hand-painted cover artwork.