Doug: We're talking uniforms/costumes today, kids. What is your opinion of super-suits being revamped, or even just tweaked, when a new artist comes onto a title? Or, and maybe this is even worse, what's your opinion on a character who appears in more than one title and one of his pencilers tosses in his own "personal touch" while the other remains true to the current character design? These can be somewhat subtle changes, such as a different look for Batman's utility belt running between Batman and Detective Comics.
Doug: Most of us are fond of Dave Cockrum's costume re-designs for the Legion of Super-Heroes in the early 1970's. However, in hindsight some of them are quite gawdawful -- and didn't Mike Grell just take that ball and run with it? Who among you would be strutting your stuff in the togs of Cosmic Boy, or of Tyroc? Yeah, you'd look sweet in those little white elf shoes, Killer! I'm certain there were many Legion fans who had been with the team since it's inception who were quite put-off by this young intruder to the canon that was Legion lore.
Doug: And what of classic outfits that stand the test of time, like Hawkeye's suit (although from recent artwork I've seen he's now apparently dressed as he will be in the Avengers feature film)? We've commented ourselves on the abrupt change in manliness tossed Clint Barton's way -- thank goodness they switched him back! Certain characters, like the Pyms, seem to change fashions all the time. For me, it's almost as if that has become a vital aspect of their very characters -- it bothers me not.
Doug: So let's hear it -- where do you stand on costume tweaks and/or re-designs? Do you have some favorites? How about panning a few here and there? And as always, thanks for your participation!
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