My biggest complaint about the revamped Justice League during the New 52 era was the fact that seven characters from different backgrounds, different areas, even different planets all shared so many design elements.  Then again, Dave Cockrum’s Legion and X-Men designs had several recurring shared elements (especially in boots and accessories) and they literally changed the entire comics industry.  For my money, it’s hard to beat Cockrum as a costume designer as every one of his super-suits is visually pleasing, balanced and absolutely impossible to replicate in the real world, leading to today’s wash-n-wear query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) enjoys the simplicity of a Paul Smith or John Byrne design, but can’t resist a super-complex George Perez design, asking: Which artist is the very BEST costume designer?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Steve Ditko. He gave us diverse and iconic costumes such as Spider-man, the Question, Doctor Strange, and Squirrel Girl. I’m also kind of partial to the original Speedball design. Oh yeah, and Shade the Changing Man. Yeah, it’s gotta be Ditko.

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