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DC Comics Bombshells

This set of trading cards was based on the DC Comics “Bombshells” comic series, set during the 1940s.

Design inspiration included period film posters, architecture, and newspapers.

DC Comics Bombshells II Trading Cards

DC Comics Bombshells II Trading Cards

This set of trading cards was based on DC Comics’ “Bombshells” series, which takes place in the 1940s. A set of 64 base cards plus 54 other chase cards were designed. A 3D render showing the packaging and included figure were made in Blender and shown on web graphics.

Assignment: Design a full set of trading cards with chases and variants based on the DC Comics Bombshells series.

Inspiration: 1930s-1950s design, including movie posters, newspapers, Bauhaus design principles, and art deco.

Variants

Variants

Different colored foil stamps were used to create rare variants, as well as a rainbow foil board with opaque white ink.

Above: Research examples of period newspapers and posters.

Above: Research examples of period newspapers and posters.

Printing Technology

Printing Technology

Several spot channels were required for the printers to identify foil stamps and opaque white ink. Print rotations, shown below, were sometimes created to illustrate this.

Chase Sets

Chase Sets

The chase sets below were inspired by art deco design, retro movie posters, vintage baseball cards, and Bauhaus minimalism.

Web Graphics

Web Graphics

Graphics were created for marketing use online – to draw more attention, the subdued retro look was replaced with a brighter, punchier palette.

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