John Hancock, former president of United States Congress, has arguably one of the most famous signatures around. As the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, he led the charge for what was considered treason against the king. Popular history writes that he wrote his name in such large letters so that, "The fat old king could read it without his spectacles." Because of his bravery signatures are now often referred to as a ‘John Hancock.’


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Bored Panda has compiled a list of other famous ‘Hancocks’ and some of these are so extravagant they knock the congressman down a few spots. Some celebs even scrawled a cartoon image by their name, I’m sure you can imagine what Walt Disney drew. While some of these famous names are inspired, there are some people who need to up their game or practice their cursive. Scroll down below to see some of the best and worst autographs, perhaps you will be motivated to work on your own penmanship. Never know when you could get famous, right? Don’t forget to upvote your favs!

#1 Vincent Price - American Actor, Well Known For His Distinctive Voice And Performances In Horror Films

Vincent Price - American Actor, Well Known For His Distinctive Voice And Performances In Horror Films

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

Now, that"s a signature! Take that, Picasso!!

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#2 John Hancock - The First And Third Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts

John Hancock - The First And Third Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts

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Alex K 2 months ago

now THAT's a signature

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#3 Walt Disney - American Entrepreneur, Animator, Voice Actor And Film Producer

Walt Disney - American Entrepreneur, Animator, Voice Actor And Film Producer

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희별 송 2 months ago

Who else expected his signature to look like the loopy Walt Disney lettering that’s shown in Disney movies?

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#4 Elizabeth I - Queen Of England And Ireland From 1558 To 1603

Elizabeth I - Queen Of England And Ireland From 1558 To 1603

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

must. improve. signature.

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#5 Pablo Picasso - Spanish Painter And Sculptor Best Known For Co-Founding The Cubist Movement

Pablo Picasso - Spanish Painter And Sculptor Best Known For Co-Founding The Cubist Movement

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Seb Cebien 2 months ago

Seen on every "Picasso" cars of the french Citroën brand !

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#6 Kurt Vonnegut - American Novelist, Satirist

Kurt Vonnegut - American Novelist, Satirist

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

Oh, how weird ... I'm reading Welcome to the Monkey House...

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#7 Mahatma Gandhi - Indian Activist Who Was The Leader Of The Indian Independence Movement Against British Rule

Mahatma Gandhi - Indian Activist Who Was The Leader Of The Indian Independence Movement Against British Rule

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

So beautiful signature

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#8 Martin Luther King - American Baptist Minister And Activist Who Became The Leader In The Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King - American Baptist Minister And Activist Who Became The Leader In The Civil Rights Movement

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

Wow, very elegant signature

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#9 Marilyn Monroe - American Actress, Model And Singer

Marilyn Monroe - American Actress, Model And Singer

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

Very elegant signature!

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#10 Keiji Inafune - Japanese Video Game Producer, Illustrator And Businessman, The Co-Creator Of Megaman

Keiji Inafune - Japanese Video Game Producer, Illustrator And Businessman, The Co-Creator Of Megaman

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

I wonder how their passports look with all these drawing-signatures...

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