Bad Costumes: Rickrolled villains

I can't decide if "Eighty-Five", the "Galaxy of the Guardians" villain shown here, is built to look like a 1985 disco reject or if that's just a coincidence:


You've got the long, wavy, probably-permed hair, the huge cheesy grin, and the "Magnum, PI" macho-man mustache. If he had a headband I'd know it was a deliberate put-on but there's just enough doubt ... tell you what, let's pull back a bit and consider the rest of his outfit, maybe that'll tell us for sure.


Whatever else you want to say about the guy, he's certainly polite. I hate being executed by someone who doesn't even have the courtesy to introduce themselves first, so big props for that. Back to the costume, though ...

The long bulky cape, beefy thighs, and gold medallion clasps certainly suggest that the artist is slyly pulling our leg, but not ultimately definitive.

And then you get to the chest.

Oh my, the chest. Plunging v-neck skin-tight shirt plus almost bear-like manful hair definitely means the designer was for reals on this one. Wow. I bet his motto is "Manly men doing manly things in a manly way."

What's most depressing about this whole thing is that even centuries in the future, we'll still have mullets. And that's just sad, y'all.

(Image and character ©Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. "Guardians of the Galaxy" number 20.)

10 Responses to Bad Costumes: Rickrolled villains

  1. TheNate says:

    “What’s most depressing about this whole thing is that even centuries in the future, we’ll still have mullets. And that’s just sad, y’all.”

    And a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, everyone had ’70’s hair – which somehow looked better than the Padwan braids and whatever rattrap Queen Amadala got her hair stuck in.

  2. DJ says:

    If evolution is real…those who LIKE mullets…wont be around much longer.

  3. Joshua says:

    I guess the future still has porn stars too.

  4. John says:

    This was a Jim “I’m the Hack to End All Hacks” Valentino, correct? How…HOW I ask?…did Jim Valentino EVER find work? Good grief, it makes me wish I had stuck it out and tried harder to get into comics.

    (me in front of a Marvel editor in San Diego circa 1996): “I’m sorry…but I think your critique of my portfolio is crap. You’re the boob who hired Jim Valentino. Don’t talk to *me* about anatomy, technique or storytelling, bub! Put me on the X-Men. NOW.”

  5. Kaldath says:

    What I’d like to know is what future tech allows that cloak to be thrown back and splayed open, yet at the same time can be pulled in front of him like that ?

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    Kaldath, that’s called “Spawndex”.

    Ooo look at me, I made a funny!

  7. Whit says:

    Did they run out of names?

  8. DJ says:

    John-Rob Leifield is one of the most successful comic book artist/writers of all time. Have you seen his work? Exactly. In the comic business it seems the worst you are the more you make. I hope this is true because I draw terrible stick figures and I would love to be a millionaire.

  9. William A. Peterson says:

    Guys, in Comics, it’s NOT about how good you are, it’s about how fast and reliable you are!
    Can you meet the deadline, or not?
    Nothing else much matters…

  10. Xstacy says:

    Except Leifield never met a deadline he couldn’t break, either, so that can’t be the explanation.

    I understand that with his own comics at Image, his (already clearly in need of help) fans were sometimes lucky to get two issues out of a series before he gave up.