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Is Hamlet ripping off Marvel? Srsly!
This weekend I stopped by a friend’s home for dinner. She just came back from London and was raving about seeing the latest production of HAMLET starring Michael Sheen at the Young Vic. Having read loads of Shakespeare back in High School, she knew I’d find the interpretation fascinating, but when she handed me the playbill for the production I was suddenly interested for another reason entirely.
Here’s the cover of the playbill from the Young Vic.
If you’re a comic fan, that logo might remind you of another one.
The sans-serif fonts of both the HAMLET and MARVEL logos do look very similar, but of course Marvel doesn’t have complete ownership of a simple white logo on a red background, as can be seen in the logo from the PBS news magazine Frontline:
Still, I couldn’t help thinking of Marvel when handed that playbill. Especially if you compare the two logos closely — the A and E in both logos appear to be exactly the same. Any of you font fans know which font was used in both logos?