Since the 2011 universal revamp known colloquially as ‘The New 52’, Superman has been wearing various armory costumes featuring lots of noodly lines, a different cape configuration, and no notched boots (depending on the artist.)  But the biggest change has been the elimination of and retroactive disavowing of the red trunks, long one of the most-mocked elements of every superhero costume.  Given that Superman’s original uniform was created to emulate 30s carnival strongmen, the layered leotard look made sense, but removing them bothered me for reasons I can’t articulate.  Now that DC has decided to return the trunks to the costume, I’m kind of jubilant, but I realize my opinions aren’t universal, leading to today’s brief query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t want to lead you guys one way or another, so I’ve crafted today’s query very carefully, asking: Superman’s trunks are back: Is this a great idea or THE GREATEST idea?


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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.


  1. I’ve never liked the trunks/underwear. I was over the moon when they went away. I’m so disappointed they’re coming back.

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