Friday, January 4, 2013

Supergirl! Her New Mod 1971 Fan-Made Costumes! DC Comics!

That's right! As if Supergirl's new and "mod" 1971 outfit wasn't extreme (and immediately dated) enough, the dizzy darlings at DC invited rambunctious readers to send in their own inept illustrations (to be re-drawn by mighty Mike Sekowsky), in an attempt to generate new uniforms for the Maid of Might! The winning designs got featured in upcoming SUPERGIRL comics, as she donned a new psychedelic suit each issue! As you can see, some of these are very creative, but most are as dated and silly as can be, leaning heavily on the then-current pantsuit and bell-bottoms look of the day! How great can a costume be, if you can easily imagine "Maude" wearing it?! The lesson? You just can't mess with the classics! Click images below to enlarge!


DC editors soon learned their lesson, changing only small portions of this iconic costume over
the ensuing years! Hot pants for the later 70s, a headband for the 80s, etc...

3 comments:

Richard Bensam said...

Call me crazy, but I wish all costumed heroes had followed this example -- by which I mean, treating the costume as just clothing, and basing changing outfits around a set of recurring standard iconic motifs. It was supposed to be for merchandising purposes, but it's never hurt Iron Man's recognizability that his armor constantly changes looks. And every time there's a Batman or Superman cartoon, we don't see just one action figure of the hero but a half dozen of them with variant costumes and "special mission" outfits. Supergirl could have been the template of the future! Oh well.

Al Bigley said...

Well, yes, it's all for merchandizing. There has to be that ONE basic "Batman" (for example), be he from the latest film, comic, or cartoon, then all the other action figure spin-offs around that one basic look...

But, yes, it would have been fun to have at least one character who was never happy with his or her costume. Marvel's Wasp came closest to this, altho Spider-Man's "black costume" in the 80s was an attempt to create some excitement and extra merch...

I also wonder if DC felt this approach with Supergirl would work since young girls liked clothing and accessories and changing them up, more than the young male audience...But notice that the majority of costume ideas came from males!

And, I come from a time when Iron Man's outfit WAS standard and unchanging every issue! :)

Al Bigley

Martin Gray said...

Ah, fun times. And did you ever see the reader-designed hairdos for Lois Lane and Linda Danvers?