Armored Spidey, Daredevil & Captain AmericaMarvel's contribution to the bright, shiny, metallic armor club were all abominations.
Daredevil and Cap wore bulky shoulder pads, knee pads, you name it.
As for Spidey, Marvel decided to take their most agile and nimble hero…and cover his ass with like several hundred pounds of metal. I’m not sure what was up with the 90’s obsession of adding armor and/or lots of shoulder pads and pouches to a hero’s costume, but it got quickly out of control.
Thankfully, all of these new looks were very short lived, and only lasted long enough to sell a few foil embossed covers.
BUT THEN... Marvel proved they didn't learn their lesson, and this happened Civil War Spidey .
Flashdance Black CanaryNot all bad costume make overs are from the 90’s. The 1980’s had their fair share. Black Canary debuted in 1947 wearing black fishnets, black bustier, black biker jacket and a mess of blonde hair.
Sexy classic then, sexy classic now. But in the mid 80’s, DC decided to change her costume to something that would hide her curves with a lot of baggy fabric.
On top of all that, she had these two wings (or something) jetting out of her torso, which just had to get in the way during an alley fight.
To top it all off, she had the standard Olivia Newton John "Let's Get Physical" headband for no good reason.
This atrocity lasted about four years, before fan outcry literally had DC make an issue cover where Black Canary returns to the classic sexy outfit and literally burns the new one. She has worn a version of her classic look pretty much ever since.
Mohawk StormOroro Munroe, Storm, had a bit of an identity crisis in the early '80s. After Chris Claremont put Storm through the ringer by infecting her with an alien egg and then forcing her to stab someone, he decided she was in a dark enough place to do the unthinkable: he shaved the African Goddess's long, flowing hair into a mohawk.
Accompanying the mohawk were leather vests and pants worthy of the lamest biker bar this side of Sturgis. Naturally, all these changes to Storm's appearance led to the writers making her a lesbian for a period of time (she dated a girl named Yukio, a friend of Wolverine).
You know, since a girl with a mohawk is obviously a lesbian (WTF???)
Way to make your strokes with a broad brush there, Marvel.
Black Costume, Non-Symbiote Spider-ManThis ranks low on the list because the costume is actually a really cool and sleek design.
However, it is totally wrong for a light-hearted and fun loving character like Spider-Man.
Sure, Peter Parker has a lot of tragedy in his life, but not so much that he needed to goth out and get all dark on us. He is the guy who jokes and quips in the face of danger, and wears bright colors to reflect his bright personality. This version of the costume was just one step too far.
Why? Because the first costume (the actual SYMBIOTE) served a purpose. It was given to him on an alien planet and was an actual, separate, ALIEN being that ended up joining with Eddie Brock and becoming the famous Spider-Man villain Venom.
When Spidey picked up a black costume after that, and then again after Civil War when his Aunt May was dying, it was just because he was in a dark period, "feeling down". I get when someone just wants to wear black that day, but to change the image of an iconic character just because he's feeling emo really takes away an integral part of this character who can cope with anything with his defense-mechanism personality alone.
Green Lantern Kyle RaynerI think the reason so many fans hated Kyle Rayner when he was introduced as Green Lantern back in 1994 had nothing to do with the character, but with his ugly ass outfit.
The Hal Jordan version of G.L. has one of the sleakest, simplest and most elegant designs in comics. So they decided to take that all away and give newbie Lantern Kyle Rayner and ugly mask that looked like a crab, and stupid bulky armor- like gloves and boots.
Eventually in the early 2000’s, Jim Lee redesigned the outfit again, making it look a bit more like the classic look, but with added unnecessary details like what appeared to be dog collar around his neck.
It was all very extreme sports and not Green Lantern like at all.
Fandom breathed a sign of relief when Hal Jordan returned with his classic, iconic outfit in 2004, signaling the end of a decade’s worth of bad Oan fashion.
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