All the ultra colors of the rainbow

Deciding on a color scheme for your super costume frightens many a would-be designer, but I think Marvel's Captain Ultra has hit upon the right approach here -- use all of them!


Oh sure, your classic heroes all have a three-color approach, like Superman's red, blue, and yellow, or Batman's gray, blue, and black, or Spiderman's black, blue, and red. But they're not ultra! When you're ultra, the world expects a bit more from you. You have to show up and not just match the other heroes, but surpass them. If they have three colors, you wear four. If they have four, you go for five.

So just to be safe, budding super-hero sidekick (dare you go with "Captain Ultri-mate"?), take a page from your mentor's book and go with blue and red and yellow and orange and green and black. Because Superman might have more powers, and Batman more balls, but nobody wears more colors than Captain Ultra!

And as you can see in the bottom illustration there, no matter what, remember -- Jazz Hands! Always, always Jazz Hands.

(Image and character ©1985, Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.)

13 Responses to All the ultra colors of the rainbow

  1. Loki says:

    Jeff, what I want to know is, why does he have pans on his ears?

  2. Loki says:

    …and the metal caller?…I mean what the hell man? what is that!? how can he, move his neck!!??

  3. DJ says:

    Loki-HE IS ULTRA! HE CAN DO WHAT EVER HE WANTS NO MATTER WHAT IS IN HIS WAY! He is like Chuck Norris…if Chuck Norris was from San Fransisco.

  4. Jose Inoa says:

    No. No. Nonononono… NO!!
    ‘Nuff said.

  5. Jose Inoa says:

    How can such a total flamer be pyrophobic!? AND he has Ultra-breath…! “Hi! I’m Captain Ultra! I’m here to blow supervillains AND their houses down! (JH, feel free to nuke the post)

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    I’d probably rather a different term than “flamer” (sort of offensive, but also no gay man would dress that poorly so I don’t think it’s accurate even on the merits), but “Iā€™m here to blow supervillains AND their houses down!” is too funny to delete. So you’re safe!

  7. Xstacy says:

    From the Wiki: “Gogol began a new career as a stand-up comedian, and battled Ekl’r, the Demon Without Humor”.

    …so his career is almost as colorful and ridiculous as his costume, then.

  8. Niall Mor says:

    Proof of the old adage, “More is not always better.”

  9. Richard Tale says:

    From Wiki: ‘He can apparently tap his ‘ultra-potential’, enabling him to manifest a wide variety of mental and physical ‘ultra-feats’, and once even told an ‘ultra-joke’.’

    What the hell is a ‘ultra joke’???

    And if if theres also the matter of the Ultra Breath. What if he has bad breath???

  10. Loki says:

    Rich- then my fellow, ITS ULTRA-BAD BREATH!!!

  11. Frankie says:

    It looks like he also has some purple/violet in his underwear, unless that’s just dark blue. The lines on his left glove are spaced further apart than the lines on his right glove, indicating that he has less lines on his left glove.

  12. N says:

    So, flight, strenth, durability, intangibility, plus whatever other power (or “ultra-feat”…) the writer wants to give him, and aliens are involved? And his weakness is pyrophobia?

    He’s like the Martian Manhunter. With the additional power of managing an even worse fashion sense.

  13. Danny Beaty says:

    Jeff, why don’t you give Captain Ultra a make-over and post your version of CU for all of us HeroMachiniacs to see. You could post a disclaimer saying that all rights to CU belong to Marvel so Marvel won’t sue your ass out of existence.