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I applaud the efforts of super-hero costume designers to do something beyond the simple underoos-and-capes look. I really do. But sometimes, the classics are classic for a reason, and in trying to go off the beaten path you end up going off the rails instead. To wit, “Spellbinder”:

Someone had this guy under a spell, all right. I imagine he went to the Super Hero Clothing Outlet and got whamboozled by the attractive and flirty sales lady. “I look dashing in this, really? Do you think it says ‘Evil Magician Overlord? You do? I suppose you’re right, and it really does set off my beautiful eyes, doesn’t it? All right, I’ll take it! And your number! Hello … ?”

Seriously, it looks like someone happened across the scene of a tragic accident involving an eighteen wheeler full of discontinued restaurant tablecloths and a game store and thought “COSTUME!”. I grant that the bizarre outfit might help him think onlookers are held in thrall, but it’s just fashion horror, my friend.

18 Responses to "Spelling" error

  1. Time for Spellbinder to get back on the short bus.

  2. Somewhere, Captain Ultra is laughing.

  3. Jeff, totally off-topic but in case you haven’t already, you should get down to your LCS and pick up the Legion of Superheroes: Secret Origin (part 1). Once you buy the issue, they’ll throw in a mock Legion Flight Ring. Or at least my LCS did.

  4. WTF???! Seriously, how the hell does someone leave the house looking like this? There had better be a good explanation on this one. Daredevil is blind, and he can dress himself without looking like an eyesore. I’ve seen knitted sweaters from Grandma that are less visually cacophonous.

  5. Aaaand back to the matter at hand, I certainly agree with Myro. Looks like someone let out a technicolor yawn all over his body suit. I’m surprised my eyes aren’t having aneurysms of their own right now.

  6. I don’t know what you guys are all bent out of shape for. It could be WAAAAAY worse. He managed to contain himself and ONLY has 4 colors. Imagine if he’d thrown some purple and fluorescent green in there? Also a high collar cape, gloves that flare out and Gogo boots. Then it would be a train wreck that other train wrecks would stop to gawk at. ;)

  7. Wow I have seen a lot of bad costumes, but I must say this is so busy I think it’s giving me seizures!

  8. Ah! Too much going on! I don’t know what to look at first. So many things. Pieces of chessboard, swirly things, stripy bits, spotty bits, lightning patterns- I think I might overload my brain if I look at it too long.
    Maybe I should just take my glasses off so it’s just a colourful blur I can barely see.

  9. Um… I’m mildly ashamed to admit that I made a similar outfit in the new HeroMachine a month ago. It didn’t have the swirly bit, though.

  10. I can honestly say I think it looks cool, in a quirky kind of way I guess.

  11. I am almost tempted to ask for a day where you judge characters made by players in the superhero MMO’s, so we can see what can be made as improvements.

    Spellbinder doesn’t put up much of a fight against those horrors. (Mind you there are awesome ones too.)

    Of course there are people who intentionally go off the deep end for shock value.

  12. Wow. Just…wow. I don’t even have words for this one.

  13. I don’t care what any of you appologists say. This abomination is way worse than Halo’s costume last week.

  14. Give the man some credit. Anyone he goes up against is going to be too overcome with shock & awe to fight back. “Can’t punch…*gasp*…don’t know where to look…unnnnghh”
    Was he trying to be Dazzler’s sidekick?

  15. And the lack of fashion sense was passed on across genders:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f3/LadySpellbinder.jpg

  16. Patriot_Missile

    @SpiderCow2010: Wow, I coulda sworn that was Marvel’s “Diamondback”.

    Anyway, unless each part of Spellbinder’s costume has that built-in liquid effect like Rorschach, or is like those popular “moving” bookmarkers, or if those swirls actually spin… Spellbinder’s getting his wizard behind handed to him black and blue.

  17. Behold Spellbinder’s miraculous recovery of his fashion sense from the Batman Beyond animated series:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BBSpellbinder.png
    Much better.

  18. This is, sadly, what happens when the USS Voyager has a transporter fault, and ends up beaming up and combining seven different superheroes.