If I rebooted Superman

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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3 Responses

  1. MattComix says:

    The first problem is that we refer to them as underwear at all. Calling them panties doesn’t help (no offense). Also no character in a comicbook should be refering to their costume as “spandex”. That’s like a Stormtrooper in a Star Wars film refering to his armor as high-gloss plastic. Might as well have Han say “This is the fastest well detailed model in the galaxy!”

    The whole “he’s wearing his underwear on the outside” thing is a ancient tired old joke that the fandom and the industry have used to build an inferiority complex around Superman’s costume and costumes in general that they’re now over-compensating for. Maybe the bigger question is why are we apologizing for how these characters look?

  2. Paul1963 says:

    I just hate, hate, hate the new costume, and for one simple reason: It’s not a Superman costume. I could go into the design problems as others have, but ultimately it comes down to the fact that it’s just not a Superman costume. It’s a blue costume with a red cape and an “S” on it, but it’s not a Superman costume, any more than the Lightning-Supes costume from 1996 was.
    Oddly enough, I have less of a problem with the Action Comics #1-could-just-as-easily-be-#905 version, being the latest version of “The beginning of Superman’s career,” but part of that is that I see my own character wearing a similar outfit in year 25 of his career (reasoning that silk-screening a bunch of shirts is cheaper than buying multiple head-to-toe costumes).
    Anyway. Boo to the body armor. Bring back the trunks–because that’s a Superman costume.

  3. Kailyn says:

    Essays like this are so imptonrat to broadening people’s horizons.