I missed "Bad Costume Wednesday" yesterday, my apologies. Luckily the "X-Men" were on the job and managed to not only identify a bad costume for us, but to put the perp in chains as befits this violation of the fashion code:

The fact that they ruined the costume of one of the all-time great villains particularly galls me. Magneto is a bad-ass, but they turned him into a "good guy" by making him leader of the X-Men, and then slapped this Broadway-escapee bondage getup on him. Purple's a very risky color for anyone to wear, but particularly for villains who stake their reputations on being stone-cold killers. When you add in the super long gloves -- also purple -- and the silly pink "M" on his chest, it's just embarrassing.

22 Responses to Purpleto

  1. kingmonkey says:

    I love the fact that Maggie has decided to reveal a little bit of extra chest up there, too. On the sides of his costume, he must have a large hole for his arms, rather than just a sleeveless tunic/tights. I imagine that, while tussling with the Struckers, there, his outfit could easily be pulled aside to reveal his pierced nipples.

    And, yes, Magneto would have pierced nipples.

  2. Me, Myself & I says:

    I know this post is about the costumes but how the heck are they keeping him bound with metal cuffs? I’m sorry but that just wouldn’t work. Are they made from some other material?

    Oh yah, purple with pink . . . not so good!

  3. kingmonkey says:

    It’s non-ferrous metal… aluminum, maybe?

  4. John says:

    I hate to say it, but, John Romita Jr. was mailin’ it in on that cover. Ugh.

  5. Watson Bradshaw says:

    Prof X probably made old Magneto think it was a good look to get back at him for all the handicap parking spots he had stolen over the years.

    Does the “M” stand for Mistake!

  6. Worf says:

    @kingmonkey: “Maggie???” Way to put another nail in the poor guy’s “coffin”… It isn’t bad enough that he’s got Dazzler’s gay friend’s costume on, but now he’s being called by a name that’s more appropriate for little girls or old ladies.

  7. DiCicatriz says:

    How about everybody else on that cover?

    The Von Strucker twins with their atrocious vermillion coats (not to mention Andrea’s thigh high heels), Colossus with his big red diaper, Rogue with her action windbreaker and fashion mullet, even Cyclops has bell bottom boots on. Wolverine’s the only one with an iconic enough costume to pull it off. Everybody fails this one.

  8. NGpm says:

    I have noticed the distinct lack of feet on this cover. While there are a few there, most are conveniently covered by cape or barcode or something.

  9. Wolvie316 says:

    # Me, Myself & I Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I know this post is about the costumes but how the heck are they keeping him bound with metal cuffs? I’m sorry but that just wouldn’t work. Are they made from some other material?

    Oh yah, purple with pink . . . not so good!

    It was the time when Mags was a teacher at Xavier’s school. So when they wanted to put him on trial, he willingly gave himself up.

  10. Kalkin says:

    Purple is a difficult color to match with. Pink (for a female character), yellow (I still remember Quick Man from Mega Man 2) and violet are just about only combinations that come to mind. Of course black and white go well with any single color, but they are exceptions to the rule. Any other colors are a disaster with purple. Someone ought to make a thorough testing of which colors go well with together so casual costume designers could avoid major catastrophies.

  11. Watson Bradshaw says:

    Kalkin (9) The Hulk and Maul from the WildC.A.T.S have made purple work with green for a while now. But I have never really liked Magneto’s red and Purple look.

  12. spidercow2010 says:

    In fairness I feel I should point out that while Maggie’s cape is indeed purple, his sleeveless leotard and gloves are fuchsia, and what everyone’s calling the pink M is (as it appears on my monitor anyway) a delicate lilac. So there.
    And last I knew, wasn’t Magneto a Holocaust victim? Which would put him in his 80s about now, so how is he so freaking cut?

  13. spidercow2010 says:

    …and that’s Rogue? What’s the deal with her squared-off skunk stripe?

  14. Me, Myself & I says:


    I agree, he should be a lot more frail looking but then a again, how many super heroes or villains are ever betrayed without being overly muscular. Their powers or abilities seem to have absolutely nothing to do with th fact that they are all really fit looking (well except the Blob and a few other RARE examples). There is certainly a lack of continuity in the whole genre.

  15. X-stacy says:

    Magneto was de-aged into his 20s at some point, can’t remember if he stayed that way. Also might be in a clone body by now. And a lot of heroes and villains seem to have secondary powers that slow their aging or heal them faster even though it’s never specifically listed in their power sets.

  16. Saen-WyrWulf says:

    And Ian McKellen, the actor who played Magneto in the films, is gay… >_>

  17. Bael says:

    Actually, he was de-aged to a baby, then re-aged into “his physical prime” and then… Oh, never mind.

  18. DiCicatriz says:

    I think X-Stacy is thinking of Joseph, the mysterious amnesiac Magneto with long hair who joined the X-men for a while. Joseph ended up being a sophisticated clone created by Astra (a supposed member of Magneto’s first brotherhood who left before they encountered the X-men, conveniently enough) who had access to alien technology due to her teleportation powers. This clone sacrificed himself during the Magnetic North storyline when the real Magneto resurfaced and attempted to reverse Earth’s magnetic poles. Joseph undid the damage, but burned out his body in the process.

    Bael is also right though, the real Magneto was de-aged to infancy at some point. I supposed that might have granted him a few extra years. Besides comic characters don’t exactly age in real time, if not Spider-man would be in his 60’s along with the Fantastic Four and most of the X-men. Although it is a little awkward when characters have historical events within their origin story, like Magneto being a holocaust victim or Frank Castle having fought in the Vietnam War.

  19. Kalkin says:

    Well, of course all X-men have slow aging. Didn’t most of them appear in the sixties, when they were at their twenties. That’d mean that Cyclops, Iceman and whatever other there was in original setting are in their sixties by now. Same goes for fantastic four, not to mention Franklin Richards, who’s one of the oldest little kids in comic books. Didn’t he appear some time in the eighties? Also some superheroes seem to be radiating an anti-aging field around them that reduces not only their own aging, but also the aging of their loved ones. Spider-Man first appeared in sixties and aunt May was already grey haired back then. If she was anywhere near in her sixties back then, that means she’s 110 by now. Unless of course she was bitten by a radioactive tortoise. Then there is MJ, who’s got to be the oldest supermodel still on the job.

  20. Wesley Belk says:

    I think … at some point, they determined that a side effect of the mutant gene was slow aging. Also who’s to stay what other effects the mutant gene has, besides their main power. When it manifested in Magneto, it may have given him a kind of youthful backpedal, in addition to the power over magnetic forces. Who knows, the creators could always boil it down to that mutant gene… it’s catch all. HOWEVER, no mutant gene could make that costume any better, its truly horrendous!

  21. lil dude says:

    I can’t remember. was this before or after he brainwashed that judge into dropping all charges. I mean, how’d he do that one?!? and why didn’t he use it on the x-men. As far as I can remember all he ever does is throw Wolverine or Colossus at the other x-men.
    personally I thought the purple and white helmet-less costume was much better than the red/purple on.

  22. spidercow2010 says:

    So, Saen-WyrWulf (16), what’s your point? That Ian McKellen might LIKE the Magneto outfit? I kinda doubt it.