"Thriller" Typeface

adamschoales's picture

Hi there,

For many years I've been using Rage Italic as most people said it was the closest but I thought maybe some of the typophiles here could find an even closer match.

Here's the back cover of the 2001 special edition (rather than the original vinyl, which I have a feeling was hand lettered)

http://images.coveralia.com/audio/m/Michael_Jackson-Thriller_%28Special_...

The original vinyl looks like this:
http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/UncleDearest/Thriller_LP_back_cover.jpg

Is it rage? is there a better match?

CreativeNRG's picture

The top sample matches 'Rage Italic' with some 'interesting' twists. Look at the "I" in song 3... that's actually a "1". (Same applies throughout)

Most curious is the "f" in "Voice-Over Session from Thriller". I can't find that glyph anywhere in Rage Italic.

The original vinyl is hand lettering all the way... and very nice at that.

Josev's picture

I wonder if this was something that didn't make it to digital. Fresh Script is a free font that's similar. I think it was probably based on whatever was used on the CD cover.

bowfinpw's picture

It's more likely that 'Fresh Script' is a Rage Italic knockoff.

- Mike Yanega

adamschoales's picture

Alright Rage Italic it is... for now :P

CreativeNRG's picture

Not so fast...

After another examination 'minimalista' is on to something, as 'Fresh Script' has an "I" and "F" that now match exactly. The "i", "y", "M" and "N", which I missed the first time, are also a match to Fresh Script. Consider that about 125% horizontal scale was added.

Fresh Script Sample:

Rage Italic Sample:

Fresh Script is likely a knockoff off of Rage Italic, but it's a much closer match to the one used in the Thriller CD cover sample.

Edit: The Fresh Script font info shows it was most likely created after Rage Italic, which appears to have been digitized by Esselte Letraset Limited in 1991.

bowfinpw's picture

Jeff, what's the significance of the font info shown below your sample? Does that mean your sample (above) was made with your copy of FreshScript?

- Mike Yanega

CreativeNRG's picture

@ Mike: No, the sample I provided is a closer look at the actual Thriller CD image. As indicated the "I" and "F" match Fresh Script and not Rage Italic. The Fresh Script font info was an attempt to figure out when it was made and by whom.

Josev's picture

Yes, 'CreativeNRG', that's why I posted that link.

adamschoales's picture

Alright, looks like it's Fresh Script for the win (at least for the Special Edition, and with 125% horizontal scale). Cheers guys!

joangodless's picture

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