Costume design is one of the great strengths of the superhero genre, a way to establish distinctive visual shorthand for a character and reveal key details about concept, purpose, and personality. But which is the best superhero costume of all time? This month, we're asking you to decide, by voting up your favorites and voting down the rest. When we have your votes, we'll compile a list of the greatest super-costumes of all time.

This week we're looking at some quintessential costume designs decade-by-decade. Today it's five costumes from the 1970s. While Jack Kirby was creating his own unique and peculiar gods for distant worlds, other artists created street-level heroes inspired by contemporary culture. But were any of these costumes designed in ways that still look great today?

Standard disclaimer: Each poll is a simple binary choice. If the costume is a 10/10 perfect piece of design, vote ‘perfect’. If it’s anything less, vote ‘flawed’. Many of these costumes have been tweaked and re-worked by different artists over the years. When in doubt, assume you’re voting for your favorite version.


Design by John Romita Sr.


Design by Jack Kirby


Design by Mike Ploog


Design by Jack Kirby


Design by Gil Kane