Illustration of the superman symbol in red on a gold background
TM & copyright 2003 DC COMICS
This design depicts the shield worn by the fictional superhero Superman from American comic books, DC Comics. Superman has been a character in DC Comics since the late 1930's. The original design for the shield was first showcased in Action Comics in June of 1938 and shown as the letter "S" with with red and blue on a yellow background that looked like a police badge. The shield became diamond shaped, as depicted in the button, in the Max Fleischer cartoon series Superman in the 1940's. The "S" stands for Superman and has been worn on the chest of the super hero since the character's inception.