Clothes create the hero. Although this isn’t always the case, in the case of comic books, costumes help to identify and remember the hero. This is true of legendary Marvel Comics heroes such as Spider-Man, Daredevil, Thor, and others. The initial costume designs for these characters are so famous that they’ve remained nearly unchanged (save for the occasional visual update or upgrade here and there), and that doesn’t even include dramatically different designs like Spidey’s “Ends of the Earth” outfit.
Some heroes have a larger wardrobe than others, such as Iron Man, who has an infinite supply of armors. Many characters’ primary designs, on the other hand, have withstood the test of time and have gained some beautiful revisions and small tweaks from numerous artists who added to their legacies.
The Living Legend: Captain America’s Suit
Captain America: Living Legend, a four-issue mini-series published in 2013, was written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Adi Granov. It returns Steve Rogers to the days of the conflict. Cap wears a uniform that mixes his original Captain America costume with World War II military gear, as beautifully depicted by Granov.
Most Marvel characters’ costumes of the 1960s looked like spandex and were not appropriate for fighting. Because Captain America was formed during a period of conflict, he should wear a uniform that combines both his superhero and army qualities. The entire aesthetic is sleek and detailed, yet seeming utilitarian.
The Ages Of Thunder: Thor’s Suit
Thor got numerous big arcs in the late 2000s and early 2010s, courtesy of authors like Matt Fraction and Jason Aaron. Thor must show not just that he is worthy, but also that he is better and more valuable in the 2008 novella Ages of Thunder.
His appearance in the book, created by Patrick Zircher and Khari Evans, blends his initial comic book appearance with Viking-like characteristics. Thor still wears his iconic wing-tipped helmet, as well as the metallic discs on his chest and stomach. Everything appears to be functional and appropriate for an Asgardian warrior.
House/Powers Of X: Magneto’s Suit
Magneto, the Master of Magnetism, is one of the biggest villains in Marvel Comics history, not only in X-Men legend. His time as a villain is legendary, but it’s good to see him standing with Xavier in Jonathan Hickman’s current X-Men series, dressed in a new suit among most of the other mutants.
While Magneto had a white, sleeveless outfit in both the main X-Men title and his own solo book during the All-New period, the suit he wears in the House/Powers of X mini-series resembles his traditional red and purple design, with some new elements spanning over his limbs and waist.
Secret Wars: Doctor Doom’s Suit
Doctor Doom is one of Marvel Comics’ most intimidating characters. His abilities and history speak for themselves, demonstrating why he is one of the most feared people on the earth. While his basic metallic armor and green cape and hood are legendary, changing the cloak and armor to white created something striking and magnificent.
The mainline Marvel Comics reality collides with the Ultimate universe during the 2015 Secret Wars storyline. During this time, Doom appears to achieve godlike abilities while attempting to preserve the multiverse. In this form, Victor also goes by the name God Emperor Doom, which, while absolutely bizarre, adds to his image.
Extremis: Iron Man’s Suit
Although Tony Stark began his crimefighting career in the Mark I grey armor, he quickly discarded it for a gold version, which he later dumped for a red and gold outfit that inspired most of his following armors. Tony Stark has a plethora of outfit options thanks to his money and the genius of a concept artist.
Adi Granov’s Extremis miniseries from 2005 features Tony in armor that is so “Iron Man” in so many ways. The helmet, color scheme, and design are all quite appropriate. It appears to be the ideal “contemporary Iron Man” armor, and it raises the standard for how crisp and accurate Iron Man’s armor may be.