Bad Super Costumes

"Feral" means "Big Hair"

Marvel can teach us many things about the wonderful world of being feral: Metal is out, because feral animals don’t smelt. Claws come out from between the fingers, not from the tops of the hands, because that’s how it happens in nature. To feral things. No clothing. I mean, when was the last time you… [ Read more … ]

Chris Samnee's "The Mighty Thor"

Normally on Wednesdays I talk about Bad Super Hero Costumes, but today I want to take a break from negativity to show you what a top-notch redesign can do. The artist in question is one of my absolute favorites, Chris Samnee. His use of blocks of shadow to give his compositions form calls to mind… [ Read more … ]

Everybody run, the new GL has got a gun

I am utterly ignorant of current DC storylines, so forgive me if this is a stupid question. But I just saw the announcement that the new GL will be an Arab (which is cool), along with this image: You’re wielding one of the most powerful weapons in the universe. So why do you need a… [ Read more … ]

It's an ill wind

If your super power is generating powerful winds, you might want to rethink your costume concept to not include a skirt: Also, underwear. I’m just sayin’.

As if you needed another reason to hate the Nineties

In 1996, the two big comics publishing companies realized they could suck their customers dry with poorly conceived projects elevate their characters to a whole new level by doing what was essentially a series of mashups. In a hybrid effort labeled “Amalgam Comics“, they merged characters from each imprint into one hybrid being. For instance,… [ Read more … ]


Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Eighties Seventies: Blue McDonald’s Man and his Magical Kazoo will surely help the Teen Titans in their battle against evil. I love that they’ve outsourced the bad-costume design part of the business to “TT Fan Dave Elyba” because come on, look at the work the “professionals” have produced… [ Read more … ]

I'd be frosty wearing that, too

Emma Frost (aka The White Dominatrix) has for whatever reason become one of the top five pinup characters in all of comics. Unfortunately that’s put her in the line of fire for some of the most overly-sexualized costume designs the fevered brains of artists could conjure. I won’t go into them all, but I will… [ Read more … ]

Look, it's Copyright Infringement Man!

In the world of advertising and design, two groups inspire more fear than even the Mob or the Legion of Doom — the Girl Scouts of America and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Those people must have a thousand man-eating mutant mind sharks dressed up as attorneys on staff, because if you produce… [ Read more … ]


Just because he was the King doesn’t mean Jack Kirby didn’t throw out the occasional stinker. And that the stinker wouldn’t come back and hit him in the face, like with the original Boomerang: Given the configuration of that helmet, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this was actually yet another Hank Pym incarnation…. [ Read more … ]


With it being Independence Day in the US (celebrating the anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence, rebelling against the authority of Great Britain), I thought I’d take a look at one of the worst “patriotic” super-hero outfits for Bad Costume Wednesday. You can see an amazing collection of such characters at Comic… [ Read more … ]