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Note: For variations of these logos, see On-Screen Variations.


Contents

1924–1928 1928–1932 1932–1936 1936–1942 1942–1952 1943–1953
1924–1928 1928–1932 1932–1936 1936–1942 1942–1952 1943–1953
1949–1957 1953–1969 1955–1968 1968–1973 1973–1976 1976–1981
1949–1957 1953–1969 1955–1968 1968–1973 1973–1976 1976–1981
1981–1993 1993–1999 1996–2007 2007–2014 2014–present
1981–1993 1993–1999 1996–2007 2007–2014 2014–present

1924–1928

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Columbia Pictures was founded on January 10, 1924 as Columbia Pictures Corporation. For their first films, the company used an illustration featuring a female Roman soldier holding a shield in her left hand and a stick of wheat in her right hand.

1928–1936

In 1928, the Roman soldier was replaced by Columbia (who is an early american personification of the United States) holding a torch on her right hand and wearing a draped US flag. Above her, the words "Columbia Pictures Corporation" (later "A Columbia Production") appear above in an arch.

1928–1932

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1928–1936

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1936–1976

In 1936, the woman nicknamed as the Torch Lady now stands on a pedestal showing a giant Columbia text in chiseled letters behind her. The sky background was also added. This became the main design of the company for over 80 years.

1936–1942

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1942–1952

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In 1942, due to the United States Flag Code which considers illegal to wear the American flag as a costume,
the draped US flag was replaced with an ordinary cloth.

1943–1953

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Technicolor variation. The pedestal is more visible now and the sky background was changed, resembling a snowy mountain.

1949–1957

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Black and white version.

1953–1969

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In 1953, since Technicolor films started to become more common, the entire logo was colored (although a Black and White variant was used in tandem with) and the ocean was added to the background to give the impression of a far horizon.

1955–1968

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This was the CinemaScope version. The sky background was modified again to fill the screen, resembling an iceberg.

1968–1973

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In 1968, the clothes of the Torch Lady were slightly modified.

1973–1976

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In 1974, the byline A Division Of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. was added on the bottom.

1976–1981

Designer:  Robert Abel and Associates (Animation)
Typography:  Souvenir
Launched:  Unknown

From 1976 to 1981, Columbia Pictures replaced the classic logo with the one known as "Sunburst logo" which represented the beams from the torch. The Torch Lady was still seen without the "Columbia" text, but only in very few seconds at beginning of the animation sequence. It was debuted in Murder by Death and last used in Happy Birthday to Me.

1981–1993

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In 1981, Columbia discontinued the Sunburst logo and brought back the Torch Lady, but now the full name of the company was seen and the outfit of the Torch Lady were colored orange and the drape around her body is colored brown. This logo is known for being used in Ghostbusters and its sequel. It was debuted in Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams and last seen in Lost in Yonkers.

1993–present

1993–2007

1993–1999
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Designer:  Michael J. Deas (Artwork)
Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak (from Synthespian Studios; animation)
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  Unknown

In 1993, the logo was repainted digitally by artist Michael Deas, giving it a more hyper-realistic look and the chiselled text was added again. In addition, the outfit of the Torch Lady is now white instead of orange and the drape around her body is colored royal blue. The opening sequnce was also changed using a 3D animation made by Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak of Synthespian Studios, in which the logo would zoom-out from torchlight to show the entire structure.
With a lifespan of 27 years, this became the most memorable logo of the company, and made its debut in Last Action Hero.

Trivia:
  • Michael Deas hired Jennifer Joseph, a newspaper graphics artist, to model as the Torch Lady.
1996–2007
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In 1996, the byline a Sony Pictures Entertainment company was added. It was debuted in The Craft and last used in The Messengers.

2007–present

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Designer:  Michael J. Deas (Artwork)
Sony Pictures Imageworks (Animation)
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  Unknown


2007–2014
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In 2007, the logo was updated with a more advanced CG animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks, where the sky is darker and the Torch Lady is in an "enhanced" look, similar to the 2001 on-screen Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment logo and Michael Deas' original artwork of the logo itself. It was debuted in The Holiday, released in 2006 (where the logo is already formed). An anamorphic variation exists, where the background is stretched and the text is larger. This version first appeared in Ghost Rider (first film to use the fully animated version of the logo) and it was last seen in Captain Phillips.

2014–present
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The byline was changed to Sony Company in 2014. Also the logo begins with the Sony logo appearing and zooming in to some parting clouds with a bright light transitioning to the logo itself. It was debuted in Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, released in the US on May 2 the same year.


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