Neither night nor bird. Discuss.

What's bright yellow and red, has no feathers, sports a set of zombie claws, and has glowing red eyes slewed up into its hairline? Why, it's a Night Bird, of course!

Because what says "night time" better than vivid primary colors? And what says "bird" better than wearing absolutely nothing that says "bird"? Throw in the fact that this guy has the arms of an orangutang and you've got a full-blown zoological disaster:

Nothing about this costume jumps out as horrible; it's all basic super-hero standard gear. It just doesn't have anything at all to do with what the character is supposed to represent, which after all is the point. I mean, it's as if this guy just found some random outfit in a box ... oh, wait:

Well. I guess that explains that.

(Images from "The Green Mask" number 6, 1940.)

15 Responses to Neither night nor bird. Discuss.

  1. Worf says:

    Didn’t we already trash this guy a couple or random panels ago?

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    Yes but that was just the “finding of the random costume” panel I have at the end here, which was more about how silly it is to pick your outfit out of a handy box. We didn’t get to see it — or trash the character for its overall silliness — as a costume.

  3. Dan says:

    Damn, I never knew Marty Feldman was a superhero. (That’s one for us old guys. Go google him kids.)

  4. Whit says:

    The eyes in the first panel, just…. it looks like it was drawn by a two-years-old boy.

  5. Trekkie says:

    @Dan: Now you mention it, I can see the Marty Feldman resemblance.

  6. Joshua says:

    “Ok, Mr. Crockett, sign here. And here. Annnd here. Oh, and don’t forget to dot the…oh–sorry, sir.”

  7. Myro says:

    Dan (3): Classic! Yeah, that guy’s eyes are all over the place in that first panel, aren’t they?

  8. Dionne Jinn says:

    I think that hand is supposed to look like talons of a bird of prey, but it isn’t really that succesfull…

  9. Frankie says:

    In the first panel, what’s that cloth tucked under his mask? His cape?

  10. punkjay says:

    Anyone else notice his eyes are not even.

  11. Reader Kate says:

    To be fair, Black Canary’s iconic costume has nothing avian about it. But then, it’s meant to look like it’s made of odds and ends pulled out of a closet.

    So what else could Night Bird call himself? The Amazing Ugly-Dude? Rubberface? Dumpster Diver?

  12. X-stacy says:

    You know what? He can pretty much call himself what he wants, and I won’t argue. Dude is terrifying.

  13. Hunter-Hunted says:

    @Dan(3) Hahaha – That was the first thing I thought about as well. With the mask-thingy he really looks like Feldman as Igor in Frankenstein 😀

    @Reader Kate(11) He’ll probably have to call it quits after the major head injuries he will sustain the first time he misses a building on one of his nightly patrols. My guess is it will happen relatively soon given the wide blind-spot in his field of vision.

    Tragically he will meet his end like so many “birds” before him by slamming, full force, into a window he didn’t see (or in his case, a building he didn’t see).

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  15. Steve says:

    Boy, I think The Yellow Orangutan is gonna be pissed off that The Night Bird is running around with his costume! I sure hope he washed it before he used it. And what a great coincidence that it fits!