Despite a few good stories here and there, the 1990’s were not the best time for the comic book business. From gimmick covers to cheap stunts, the 1990’s were littered with bad comics.
But there is another aspect we often forget when talking about 90’s comics: the terrible, and horrible costumes. Here are a few of the costumes I hated the most in my teen years:
As most comic book fans know, this wasn’t Daredevil’s first costume change. Early in his career, DD switched from a yellow suit to his famous all red one, but this 1993 change was too extreme for fans.
Like many heroes during the early 1990’s, Daredevil went through a rough patch in which he suffered a bit an identity crisis. Things got so bad for ‘Ol Hornhead that at one point he faked his own death in the “Fall From Grace” storyline, making way for the all-new, all-different Daredevil!
Matt Murdock was still under the mask, but the famous red suit was gone, replaced with a red and gray scheme with huge protecting padding on his shoulders and knees.
Maybe the original idea was for Daredevil to become the new NFL SuperPro? That at least would have made more sense, and maybe a better story. Bwahahaha!
In 1993, Bruce Wayne was replaced as Batman when Bane broke his back during the “Knightfall” saga. Feeling that Gotham still needed Batman, Bruce Wayne turned the cowl over to not his former partner Dick Grayson, but to the mentally unstable Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Azrael, who’d only been around for about a year.
Jean-Paul Valley immediately put his stamp on the Dark Knight by adding claws to the suit’s gloves. But that wasn’t enough for young Jean-Paul, within a couple of issues, he outfitted the Batman costume with spikes, blades, guns and other assorted weapons.
The new Batman looked more like Bat-tank than a man, and how he fit in the Batmobile is beyond me. Oh wait, if I recall correctly, Jean-Paul stopped ussing the Batmobiel for a while in favor of a rocket train thing.
A long time ago in a Fantastic Four story ,Sue Storm, aka, the Invisible Woman, was possessed by Malice, a dark part of her personality. For reasons I never quite understood, Marvel returned to the storyline in the early 90s.
From what I can remember, the remaining aspects of Malice were awakened during a battle in the Infinity War saga. The reemergence of Malice caused Sue to act erratically, becoming more aggressive as both a member of the Fantastic Four, on the battlefield, and at home.
The most ridiculous change to Sue’s character was her costume. Gone was the traditional Fantastic Four blue/dark jump suit and in its place was … well… the bad girl version of Sue Storm, I guess?
This all happened in the pre internet days, but I’m guessing there was a backlash to the costume change, because within a couple of issues Sue started wearing a jacket over the new costume. Another few months went by and now Sue’s suit had pants. I think in less than two or three years she was back in a more traditional costume.
I had high hopes for Marvel’s 2009 line, especially for Punisher 2099. Sadly, the entire line was a disappointment for me and Punisher 2099 was painful to read.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Punisher 2099 was set in the future world of 2099, where the sinister Alchemax Corporation runs New York City, and only the people who can afford it are protected by the private police of the Public Eye. The series stars Jake Gallows as the new Punisher.
In the book, Gallows is a special ops officer in the Public Eye, and while he’s frustrated with his orders to only protect citizens who’ve paid up, he doesn’t act on his instincts until his own family is murdered by a psychopath who gets off with a slap on the wrist.
Jake decides to take the law into his own hands, and lucky for him, the police evidence vault has all of Frank Castle’s equipment and his last War Journal entry, which reads “you who find this — I charge you to carry on my work.” And so, the new Punisher is born. How do I know all this Punisher 2099 stuff? Because I recently found issues #1-6 in an storage bin.
Anywho, I should have known I was in for some trouble when I saw Punisher’s new costume. I know this is just a comic book, but how in the world could he move in that suit? And what the hell are those things in his crotch? If this were real life, that suit would take forever to get on and off.
Brr, the 90’s were a scary time for comic books indeed. But if you’d like to read any of the stories I mentioned, be sure to check out the dollar bins, or even the quarter bins at any comic book store.