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.

We're into the last days of our poll series, so if you have any last minute nominations that absolutely, positively, must be included in the poll for it to have any legitimacy at all, you can add your suggestions in the comments. In the meantime, today we're looking at the classic Spider-Man costume, and the outfits worn by a few of his peers. No, not Iceman and Firestar, but the other big name street-level heroes of the Marvel Universe.

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 Steve Ditko


Design by Wally Wood


Design by Frank Miller


Design by Gerry Conway and John Romtia Sr.


Design by Declan Shalvey