Working the day after Thanksgiving left me super-bored (but with internet access) leading to a number of random image searches.  The most fruitful was a search for “superheroes with capes” which led to an amusing series of posts on my Twitter feed about whose cape reigns supreme.  (The answer will surprise you!)  During that discussion, Otter Disaster pointed out that, at Marvel Comics, the capes are usually the purview of the bad guys (think Doctor Doom, Mysterio, The Mandarin, and Magneto).  One of the only things that the extremely genre-savvy Edna Mode ever said that I don’t agree with was her stance on capes, regardless of Syndrome’s karmic justice, leading us to today’s query that flaps in the night…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has always thought that the cape is one of the iconic parts of superhero-dom, and every team can use a cape-guy, asking: Cape or No Cape?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. November 30, 2014 at 11:33 am — Reply

    Cape for traditional superheroes, no cape for others.

  2. Oldcomicfan
    November 30, 2014 at 11:43 am — Reply

    Depends on the hero. Batman NEEDS a cape. Superman NEEDS a cape. On the other hand, Green Lantern, The Flash and SpiderMan would be absolutely dorky with capes! And yes, I know, the Golden Age Green Lantern wore a cape – which just proves my point. Doctor Strange – Cape. Wonder Woman – Capeless. Batgirl – Cape. Aquaman – Capeless. On the other hand, there’s Captain Marvel (whose name is NOT Shazam) – he needs a real cape and not that dishtowel he’s been sporting for the last sixty years…

    • November 30, 2014 at 11:55 am — Reply

      I actually like that Captain Marvels new cape with a hood.

  3. Ian
    December 1, 2014 at 7:29 am — Reply

    Cape is fine, no cape is fine, no cape with a jacket is horrible

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