The Superman symbol is considered one of the most recognizable logos around the globe. The character first debuted in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, but on his chest in his debut was a yellow shield or badge shape with a small, simple S in the center. It wouldn’t be until 1941 that the stylized red S in the diamond shape with the red border and yellow background would first appear. But for over seven decades, you could go anywhere in the world and people would know what that means. And now you can find it everywhere from T-shirts to car windows to tattoos — even worn by folks who have never read a comic book in their life. It’s a pretty amazing feat of artistic design.
We have seen it redefined over the last few years. The movie Man of Steel told us that it wasn’t an S at all, but rather the Kryptonian symbol for hope. It’s also the emblem for the House of El, and we see that tradition carried into the new Syfy series Krypton starting on March 21st. The series uses the symbol and Superman’s classic cape in some very unique ways; in one case to show status and the other to show a ticking clock. I’ll talk more about the new series as we get closer to the debut, but Syfy has released this new teaser showing just how many different places they found the Superman logo out in everyday society.
Krypton debuts March 21st on Syfy.