Cosmic badness

We all remember our "first", and for me that "first" involved a muscular young man with a magnetic personality wearing a black corset and little else:


I'm talking, of course, about my first "bad super hero costume", courtesy of the Legion of Super-Heroes' Cosmic Boy. It was the first time I remember consciously thinking "Wow, that's ugly." And I lived through The Creeper, folks.

The ambiguous skin-tone color is bad enough, but it's compounded by the lack of a neck seam to separate out the nekkid super bits from the costume super-bits, and in a family comic that's a no-no. But to make it all worse -- cosmically worse, if you will -- is the pattern the black parts of the outfit make.

Specifically, the pattern of a push-up bustier that the black parts of the outfit make.

Now, maybe in the future it's cool for men to run around looking like half-naked ladies of the night. And I'm down with whatever gets your jollies, at any point in our timeline, but that's just flat-out bizarre. In a group that has Giant Bondage Lad, a guy whose super power is to eat stuff, and a chick in bell bottoms, it's really saying something when you draw the biggest laugh when entering a room.

Cosmic Boy, putting the "skin" in "skin tight" since the 31st centry.

(Image and character copyright DC Comics, Inc.)

13 Responses to Cosmic badness

  1. dementedtheclown says:

    Theres No Title Link Jeff.

  2. Loki says:

    you can’t what, Cosmic Boy, wearing mens clothing?

  3. The Imp says:

    I like the chick on the bottom right with her head tilted, like she’s saying “WTF?”

    And I can’t light lass either. 😀

  4. Dan Gonzalez says:

    It’s the Rocky Horror Super Picture Show!

  5. Hakoon1 says:

    OMG his neck is talking!

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    Sorry about the missing title, folks, it’s there now.

  7. PCFDPGrey says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought of Dr. Frank -N- Furter

  8. Jigglypuff says:

    Me 2. I can’t quite wipe the image of Dr. Frank-N-Furter superimposed over Cosmic Boy out of my mind after seeing that image up there.

  9. Val says:

    *laugh* Did anyone else want to break into singing “Time Warp” when they saw this picture? (rocky horror picture show)

  10. Jose Inoa says:

    Speaking of heroic bonade outfits…. It’s bd-bd-bd-eeh-Rob freakin’ Liefeld!!

  11. Bael says:

    It’s really perfectly innocent. It’s laundry day and nothing was clean so he had to borrow something from Shadow Lass and then the stupid alarm goes off and then… Oh, never mind.

  12. redvector says:

    Even in the 31st Century he’d get arrested wearing something like that or propositioned.

  13. kingmonkey says:

    … I have that same outfit.