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: On a black background, many light flashes occur, with red and blue noise, eventually showing the word "VERTIGO" in a deformed font. Text reading "DC COMICS" expands underneath it in red.

Technique: The .

Music/Sounds: Electronic noise.

Availability: Rare. Only appeared on Constantine for PS2 and PC.

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

Logo: We start with the 2005 DC Comics logo in its finished form, but after a few seconds, it dissolves and melts into particles. These particles zoom into the word "VERTIGO" (which is black but its background is white).As this happens, the background changes to a red smokey background. Then, "DC COMICS" appears below and an outline comes up around the logo.

Technique: 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: To date, the regular logo has only been seen on the Imaginary Forces website. The few movies that did use this logo utilized variants; one of the variants from those movies, V for Vendetta, used a recolored version of the normal logo.

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

Logo: On a custom background (depending on the show), we see the "VERTIGO" wordmark zooming out, with shadows forming a 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. Flames transition 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.

Technique: 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 (seasons 5 and 6 use the 2016 DC Comics logo instead).

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