Much as we laugh about the idea of wearing costumes, it remains to be a big contributor to the success or failure of comic book characters. There are several lists around on the best and worst costumes of all time. Some of them more scientific in approach than the others.
My list is not scientific, it’s just personal. It is based on nothing but my personal preference.
I’m just another fan, in front of my comics, daydreaming that someday I could wear those costumes without looking silly.
Note: I didn’t bother including Superman and Batman on the list because those two have transcended the comic book and superhero genre and is actually sitting well embedded in our culture. Without Superman, there will be no other superheroes and Batman’s dark hero image has become the paragon of human heroism.
Kinda weird to think that someone whose powers were given by the Norse gods would become one of the hottest superheroes around. Actually, the costume initially looked silly with all the colors and wings on his head.
But it grows in you and when you do get use to it, it looks a bit of a badass in that ancient kind of way. The thick plates screams classic and raw.
Therefore, I like it.
9. Dr. Doom
Just look at the guy. That’s just badass.
If someone who looks like this stands in front of me, I will die instantly due to an overdose of shock and awesomeness.
8. Kid Flash
The version on the photo is the original costume of Kid Flash. He used to be dressed the exact same costume as his mentor. Eventually, they decided to give Kid Flash an identity all his own. I’d say the Kid Flash costume looks better.
This costume still pays tribute to the original Flash costume with red legs and yellow boots but the addition of yellow torso and red gloves make it unique. I actually would ditch the mask but since he needs to conceal his identity, it was a necessary addition.
Now, I know there are several Flash storylines out there, unfortunately, I am not up to date with it so I cannot shed light on which storyline this costume actually appears. If anyone cares to share, be my guest.
7. Green Lantern
I have to admit, I was not a big Green Lantern fan until I heard about the movie in the works and started reading about it.
I should have done it sooner.
This is one of the coolest DC costumes and characters around. I think this is an enhancement of the original Green Lantern costume (feel free to correct me as I am still not so deep into the Green Lantern literature).
It used to be trunks, boots, chest symbol and cape which is the standard costume model. This one is a very streamlined green leotard with black circular accents around the shoulders, worn over an understated black bodysuit. Of course, the logo remains on the chest.
The original costume was an awkward yellow body suit, blue trunks and whiskers on his facemask. After the movie, artists Dave Cockrum and John Byrne revised it to make it “less awkward”. It still didn’t work for me and, apparently, for many people because they changed it again – to the old one.
It wasn’t after the movie was shown that they shifted to the all black leather costume.
Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely designed a new set which was pretty much appropriate to the much more mellow Wolverine we know now.
Artist John Cassaday is the latest designer to revamp his look. No more blue trunks and big black floppy boot flares. Two stripes of blue is now on the uniform and no more underwear on the outside. There is a touch of yellow.
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