DC Vertigo

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Not to be confused with Vertigo Entertainment or Vertigo Films.


Vertigo Comics, also known as DC Vertigo or simply Vertigo, was an imprint of American comic book publisher DC Comics started by editor Karen Berger in 1993. Vertigo's purpose was to publish comics with adult content, such as nudity, drug use, profanity, and graphic violence, that did not fit the restrictions of DC's main line, thus allowing more creative freedom. The Vertigo branding was retired in 2020, and most of its library transitioned to DC Black Label.

1st Logo (February 14, 2005)

Logo: Many light flashes occur, with red and blue noise, showing deformed "VERTIGO" word until it comes to the black background and "DC COMICS" in red expands below.

FX/SFX: The flickering of colors.

Music/Sounds: Electronic noise.

Availability: Appeared on Constantine game for PS2 and PC.

2nd Logo (February 18, 2005-April 23, 2010)

Logo: The animation starts after the DC logo dissolves and melts into particles. These particles with some more crows are zoomed into the word "VERTIGO" (which is black but its background is white). Then "DC COMICS" appear below and an outline comes up around the logo.

FX/SFX: The logo transforming and zooming, also produced by Imaginary Forces.

Music/Sounds: The last part of the 2005 DC Comics logo's music, followed by a scary synth theme. Otherwise, it's the opening theme of the movie.

Availability: Normal animation seen only on the Imaginary Forces website. This was also seen only on V for Vendetta as a variant. There are other variants.

3rd Logo (March 17, 2015-August 1, 2019)

Logo: On a custom background (depending on the show), we see the letters in "VERTIGO" zooming out, with the shadows forming the black box. As they zoom, "FROM DC ENTERTAINMENT" fades in. It then transitions to the Warner Bros. Television logo.


  • iZombie: The logo is placed on a dark red brain-patterned background. Then it zooms out to the Warner Bros. Television variant afterwards.
  • Lucifier (Pilot): The logo is placed on a dark red background. Then the fire transitions to the Warner Bros. Television variant afterwards.
  • Lucifier (Seasons 1-4): The logo is placed on a dark red fire background. Then it transitions to the Warner Bros. Television variant afterwards.

FX/SFX: The zooming and the fading, the transition.

Music/Sounds: It varies on shows.

Availability: No longer current. Seen before the Warner Bros. Television logo on iZombie and seasons 1-4 of Lucifer (although seasons 5 and 6 used the 2016 DC Comics logo instead).

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