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Halloween Edition: Top 10 Comic Book Costumes

Posted by Marvel Man , 30 October 2010 · 4,337 views

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! This is Marvel's Corner.

First of all, Happy Halloween everyone! Now's the time of the year when children are free to knock on random houses, and receive free candy. Did I mention that you can dress up as anything? Add in all those costume parties for those too old to trick or treat, and you have a pretty awesome holiday. 

But in comics, where people can dress up as anything everyday, costumes have to be pretty awesome for anyone to notice. That's why I made this list. A list of noteworthy and unique costumes. So, before you go out this night, check it out. Enjoy!

Today's Topic: Top 10 Costumes

Note: Before I begin, the following aren't the most useful, iconic, or even scariest. They're simply the most interesting. If anyone comes to your house dressed like this, you better hand over all your candy (and maybe some cash and/or precious jewels).

Honorable Mention: Batman/Superman

Now, I know I said that this list wasn't based on iconic-ness, but these two clearly are. Batman and Superman's look? These things are so well known, that I doubt there has been a Halloween without kids in these costumes (I'll admit it. Despite my bias for all things Marvel, I too was once went trick or treating as Batman). Any costume list without these two should be ignored. Anyways, now that I mentioned them, we can move on. 
10. Iron Man
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By now, after the Iron Man 1 and 2 movies, pretty much everyone knows Iron Man's story. Billionaire Tony Stark loved to build weapons, sleep with women, and drink. After getting captured by communi-... I mean, terrorists, Tony reformed, built a superpowered suit, and become Iron Man, a superhero who loves to beat down criminals, sleep with women, and drink (Big change?). And what a suit it was! Not only does it serve to keep him alive, it can also fly, lift a good 50 tons (at least), and has more weapons than Cold War Era USSR.

Of course, it takes a lot more than a fancy suit to get on this list. Luckily, Tony apparently, has a small army of slightly different suits. There was his, underwater suit, his Hulk-buster suit, his War Machine suit, his Thor-buster suit, etc. 

Heck, what type of person sees Thor in action, and still builds a Thor-buster suit? 

Tony, you got guts. 

9. Mogo
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The Green Lanterns are an elite group of superpowered cops, who wield the strongest weapon in the DC Universe, a green power ring. Now, as a rule, to be a Green Lantern, you must be among your species' elite. You need creativity, courage, and responsibility. 

Now, I don't know much about the Earth or planetology (word?), but most planets I've seen do not strike me as heroic. Or, villainous. Or, even alive (Which is also a requirement).

But something about Mogo must have gotten the Green Lanterns' attention, since he is a Green Lantern. However, as a rule, all Green Lanterns must also have the GL logo somewhere on their costume. Being a planet, how in the world would Mogo get around this (pun intended)? Call in those guys from Design Star (Not that I watch that show or anything... I- uhh... watch football)? Get tons of spandex?

Mogo said no to all these. 

He then grew a logo. 

Yes. That huge logo, is made up of trees, shrubs, and other green things. And it can be seen from space. 

Look at a picture of Earth, and see what you can spot. See a huge amount of green? See any man made structure (other than the Great Wall)?

Mogo, that's impressive. 

8. Steel
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Steel, also known as John Henry Irons, was once a wealthy weapon designer, at least, until he was captured by terrorists, and forced to build weapons for them. He built a superpowered suit, and become Iron Man!

Wait, no, that's not it. 

Instead, after finding out that the weapons he designed would kill people (seriously? It's a weapon! That's what it's for!), he faked his death and traveled to Metropolis. Earning his daily bread by the sweat of his brow, John lived a humble life for a while. 

Then Superman came in. 

Saving a construction worker is probably a slow Wednesday for Superman. But for John, getting saved by Supes was a life changing experience. After Supes told him to live a life worth saving, John decided that he'd be a better man, like Superman. 

Of course, a few days later, Superman was killed by Doomsday. 

When chaos began to consume the city, John built a  bad@$$ suit, grabbed a hilariously large hammer, and went out to kick butt. Calling himself "The Man of Steel", John was the least douchiest of the Superman wannabes that showed up after Supes' death (It helps that the others were an emotionless krypton robot thing, an evil Cyborg, and Superboy, back when he wore a leather jacket and had sunglasses). His name is later shortened to Steel, for legal purposes (Superman sued).

For not having superpowers, but still going out in Metropolis, Steel earns his spot. 

7. Penance
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Almost no one knew who Speedball was, but his tragic story starts with Speedball as he once was. A happy go lucky superhero who occasionally crossed over to more popular heroes' comic books. At least, until he, and a bunch of other obscure heroes banded together as the New Warriors!

Sadly, a few years later, these heroes would cause a little thing called, the Stamford disaster (is that what it's called?), when they attacked Nitro, a bad guy who can explode. Nitro, of course, exploded. 

Pumped up on super-steroids, Nitro's explosion was huge. He took out all of Speedball's teammates, a nearby school, etc. It was only due to Speedball's powers that he even survived. 

For some unknown reason, the explosion also affected Speedball's powers. They were more powerful. Less innocent. They were now triggered... by pain. 

Assigned to the new Thunderbolt team, Speedball was put in a twisted suit, deigned to take advantage of his new power. The suit has some 600 spikes, one for each person killed in Stamford. These provide the pain needed to activate his power.

Yes. That freaky looking suit is a chamber of pain. 

Speedball's transformation was complete. He was now, Penance!


For having such a hardcore suit, Penance earns his spot. 

6. Stilt Man
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Not much to say here. Inventor builds a suit that takes advantage of stilts. He then commits crime... On stilts!

Later reforms. Fights crime... On stilts!

Finally killed by the Punisher...

Still, wow. The guy fails so much and so often, but he just doesn't stop. You've got to admire that. 

5. Symbiotes
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So, let's pretend you're Spider Man. 

Cool, huh?

Anyways, now that you've been sent to Battleworld, to battle for the all powerful Beyonder's amusement, you'll need a new suit. The one you have is made of cheap cloth, and is easily torn. 

Luckily, you've just stumbled into a secret lab! 

Not only that, but there's a costume machine, right there! What are the odds of finding one of those? I'm sure it's not anything dangerous. I mean, come on. If you can't find a costume machine on Battleworld, where can you?!

Everything will be fine. 

*A few months later*

OMG! It wasn't a costume! It was a f****** alien! And it's been feeding off you this whole time! Quickly, to the church! You need sound. Really loud sound. 

*Even more months later*


What are the odds that your symbiotic costume would fall into the hands of some crazy reporter who blames you for everything that went wrong in his life. Well, it could be worse. It's not like he has all your powers, or something.

He does?

Well, can he be detected by your spider sense?

He can't? 

And he knows your secret identity?!


*Even more months later*

Man, I am so glad Venom is in jail. That dude is craaazy.


He's escaped? And a new, red version of the symbiote has appeared? And it's attached to a serial killer?!


*Years later*

Boy, I wonder what happened to Venom. Did he die, or something?

 Wait, what?

The symbiote bonded to the Scorpion? And he's working for Norman Osborne?! AND I USED TO BE MARRIED?!!!


4. Captain America/Wonder Woman
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Now, like I said, this list isn't based on a specific category. However, if it was patriotic, it'd be these two battling it out for first. 

Diana was a skilled amazon, who went into Man's world, to fight for good and stand up for women! Now, why she picked a metal bikini, I don't know (nor do I complain). However, it is extremely patriotic.

Then there's Cap. The symbol of World War II USA. Powerful. Great leader. Invincible. 

And what a costume to match! If anyone else wore it, you'd probably laugh. A huge A on the forehead? Wings on the side? What do those even do? Make him faster, or something? 

Still, it's Cap. Captain America. He will remind you that that A on his forehead doesn't stand for France! It stands for America! USA! USA!

3. Hulk 
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Oh snap! The Hulk is in the house! Do I need to explain anything about him? He's the Hulk. He goes from frail, and puny Bruce Banner, to ripped beyond comprehension Hulk. Seriously, look at the Hulk. He's got muscles on top of muscles. 

With an extra layer of muscles on top of that. 

Seriously, in our Universe, guys who work out look at pictures of Arnold Swchazenager (Can anyone really spell that? Seriously, imagine being in kindergarten and having to spell that?!), well in Marvel, I'm sure the kids look at the Hulk. Then they probably cry, since no amount of exercise would get them to that level. 

However, what they can get, is a sweet pair of Hulk pants! Yes. His iconic purple pants. Why purple? What size are they? Is it just because of the comics code that he didn't go Dr. Manhattan on everyone?

Either way, Hulk's look is pretty awesome. Whether he's slugging it out with the army, fighting the Avengers, or just kicking the Abomination around, the Hulk's indestructible pants are ever present. 

2. Everyone from Asgard
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Look at that picture. All those colorful costumes. It's exactly the type of costumes a god would wear. Why?

Because they're gods! Who will get angry at these guys?

Look at Thor.

What's with the vest? 

Or Loki?

... Actually, I can't make fun of him. Not with that hat on. It's just too awesome! Aaahhhh!! My eyes! Too awesome!

1. Power Girl/Emma Frost/Witchblade/Women in Comics
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Wow. After looking for candidates for this list, I realized something shocking. Women in comics are not at all portrayed in a realistic fashion. It's like comic book readers don't look for intelligent women. They wa-....


What was that?

Oh, sorry guys. A member of my staff (a lady), just got on my computer. 

What's this about sexism?

... Hmm...

That's crazy. I mean, look at all those strong women who don't have a supermodel body. There's...

Big Bertha?

Oh wait, never mind. She actually is a supermodel. She can switch her body from super large to super thin.


So, I guess all comic book women wear revealing costumes?

I guess so. 

Any guys complaining?

Nope. All right, I guess that's the list. Comic book women in general take the cake. 

That's all for tonight. This is Marvel Man, signing off. 

And Happy Halloween! 

Canis Minor
Nov 01 2010 03:43 PM
Wait... is this based on theory or have you actually seen people have these costumes before? As for the women... yeah... um... no complaints here. But... all comic book women being attractive?Contradictory Example:Posted Image
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Theory. And touché. However, until May gets some superpowers, she's just a supporting character. Doesn't really fall into the powerful superheroine mold.
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Canis Minor
Nov 02 2010 04:02 PM
May doesn't need superpowers. She is a freaking deus ex machina.But you're right. Bad example... hmmm... the original Destiny wasn't much of a looker... um... Abominatrix, definitely...
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Nova Force Nova
Nov 02 2010 08:13 PM
No mention of Nova?Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImageI'm disappointed. If someone showed up at my house like dressed up like any of those pics, they would've gotten all my candy.
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Heh. I didn't expect you to say that */sarcasm*It's a sweet costume. Very cool. In fact, I actually had him in the running for this list. Had that costume been on him longer, he'd be on here for sure. After all, not only does it look cool, but it also has the worldmind on it (Google on steroids!).Sadly, the old Nova costume wasn't as cool (not too bad though). There's a reason he was called "buckethead"...
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Nova Force Nova
Nov 04 2010 04:31 PM
Meh it's better than wonder woman being on the list twice
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