1. I get the feeling you may not get so many comments on this one, Josh, so just me me say HANK PYM to start that up again

  2. you could probably do a top 5 superheroes that SHOULD have lightning bolt logos, like storm and thor.

  3. Pfffft Flash over Shazam all the way for me! Barry Allen WAS lightning once! 😉

  4. Honorable mention:!

    • THAT’S the one I was trying to remember. Loved Zot.

    • The complete Zot! is of my favorite books. If you only know Scott McCloud from his non-fiction, you should really check it out. Emotionally resonant and deceivingly complex. And he writes an awesome essay about each issue, so it’s great if you’re into process. And he wears a Zot shirt in understanding comics, so maybe he should be on the list.

  5. Mickey (@GeeksOfChrist) says:

    I’d give the top three spots to the Flash: Wally West, Barry Allen, and Jay Garrick!

  6. I’ll give an honorable mention to DC’s Live Wire.

    Apparently, there is also a villain in the Marvel Universe called Live Wire. ( Who knew?

  7. i just realized that this is missing quicksilver and black lightning. quicksilver i can forgive because you have the flash and they’re pretty similar. you don’t want too many speedsters on the list. but black lightning? i mean, it’s in the guy’s name!

  8. Yes, there are a lot.

  9. The best use of the ‘bolt logo are those that point to the hero’s “business.”

  10. The fastest man alive who is perpetually wrapped in the speed force has the smallest logo…its pretty obvious everyone else is just compensating… =)

  11. On first read I scoffed at this but then I realized lightning bolts are on a lot of people’s costumes.

    Which is more prevalent, bolts or stars?

  12. In my opinion, Flash is better and more recognizable then Shazam/Captain Marvel

    • “Better” is debatable. Flash may be a deeper, more fleshed-out, and more relatable character. If we’re talking about who would win in a fight, I’m pretty sure CM would waste Barry if he could catch him. More recognizable? Probably. Though I’m sure some old-timers would argue that.

  13. Just curious: Was MAGE an interesting book? I personally like all things Arthurian.

  14. When I saw this article, before I even clicked on it, i said “Please let Kevin matchstick be on here!” And my wish was granted. Huzzah!

  15. Does Skeeter from Doug count?

  16. Excellent collection! Here is another article that lists the top 10 super hero logos and the thinking behind each of them:

  17. Let’s give credit where it is due: The origin of the lightning bolt symbol was Douglas Fairbanks’ Robin Hood.(1922) As the Earl of Huntingdon in the film’s opening, Fairbanks wore a LIGHTNING BOLT symbol on his chest. (The influence of movies on Golden Age comics is well known.) The popular film has, sadly, deteriorated but you can still make out his lightning bolt symbol. Here’s a link to a pic: