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« on: July 01, 2011, 01:51:28 PM »

Follow up to this thread and this thread in which I wrote:

Seeing the battle-suit version up against the other costumes like this, I've got to say it looks pretty bad.  I still think that losing the red trunks is an OK move (the idea worked very well in the Ultimate Superman proposal), but the 3D armor, the redesigned S logo, and the go-go boy utility belt -- someone just wasn't thinking.  Keep the outfit skin tight; keep the original boots and the trademarked S logo, lose the belt if you're going to lose the trunks ( la Supreme) -- then it would have been fine.  There is no other possible explanation except for the legal one.  They have to lose the "leotards."  Can't figure out why they're not using the trademarked logo, though.  That's more not thinking.

(Carmine, I don't know who the artist was on that shoe advert.)

Here are a few fan-created concepts that show what I'm talking about.  The first is from this site, the rest I found elsewhere online.  Clearly there are more than a few people who like this approach.








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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 08:45:45 PM »

Poking around the superman.nu archives, I came across these covers from 2001:







I had completely forgotten the existence of the "black-S" outfit.  I think it looked good in its way, but I'm glad Superman moved on.

And since it was also on that page, here's the Stan Lee/John Buscema Superman outfit:



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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2011, 01:25:03 AM »

Here are 2 I found at Deviantart


http://ginodrone.deviantart.com/art/Superman-Tweak-185460815?q=favby%3Asuperman-art%2F38712670&qo=0


http://ginodrone.deviantart.com/art/Superman-Redesign-186145207?q=favby%3Asuperman-art%2F38712670&qo=1
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011, 02:26:56 AM »

here is my superman costume

NUDE except for red underpants
(and a belt)

or purple suit with fish bowl helmet

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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2011, 02:23:52 AM »

Another good one with no trunks, although I'd make the S somewhat smaller:




I don't like the medium, but the design is cool - I like the fact that there is only one S logo on the front.  Making the belt-buckle into a second S logo was a bad move:



I like everything about this one:



A close-up of the panel from the Converse ad:



And just to make the thread complete, more concepts from the Superman Through the Ages! costume-concept gallery:

http://superman.nu/FanArt/concept.php

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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2011, 03:39:33 AM »

Here's another take on the first design above:



These two pictures present themselves as WB concept art from one of the (non produced) Superman movies.  If true, I'm not surprised at the new costume design that we're now seeing from DC - given the similarities (high collar w/ trim, no trunks, triangular belt-buckle design); DC's new costume could very easily have come down from Warner Brothers.

Or the similarities could just be coincidence.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2011, 04:07:48 AM »

The difference is this one actually works. Notice how the belt is simple (Superman doesn't need a utility belt) but it incorporates the yellow and the red and reworks elements of the classic Superman costume. It's a nicely balanced design. I don't want any change--and i certainly don't want the S shield to change--but this one looks like it was designed by a real artist.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011, 01:10:05 PM »

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but this one looks like it was designed by a real artist.

Well of course, here is where the suspension of disbelief comes in.  Superman would have designed the costume himself, as indeed would have all superheroes, and with rare exception none of them are artists, let alone tailors.

I can believe a rough and tough he-man could cobble together the original costume...shirt, tights, trunks, cape.  I can accept that Bruce Wayne made his first few costumes (putting more time into it than Clark because every element would be specially designed to reinforce the "fear and intimidation" motif) and that his more recent ones are the work of scientific know-how, a paid team of developers or both.  But other heroes?  Not so much.  The worst being the movie Peter Parker, who despite being flat broke somehow constructs a costume it took thousands of dollars and all manner of hi-tech machinery to construct in real life.

Which is to say, I'm always torn in these matters between the desire to see a well-designed outfit and the nagging voice in the back of my head that says no reporter, beat cop, lab technician or soldier could ever have mustered the design sense, sewing skills or funds to make it himself.  Seriously, what self-respecting man of action steps back from a tailor's dummy with needle and thread in hand and muses, "I don't know, maybe it needs a little yellow around the belt to bring it all together..." ?
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