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The '90s were a time of wild experimentation for superhero comics. It's just that the nature of all the experiments was along the line of, "How many pouches can I fit on this thigh?" and, "How many blades can one man bear?" or, "What if a gun were made of concrete?"

The popularity of the aesthetic of certain artists whose names need not be mentioned meant that even the icons of the genre found themselves getting updated for the chromium generation. This video takes a look at classic characters whose redesigned costumes will make you go, "Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?"

Some of you were there and will remember these hard times. Others of you, the children, must take these tragic events to heart that we may never experience them again.

Show notes:

  • There is a new printing of The Contest coming in May that you can pre-order, but I don't believe it actually features the new costume, just the set up for it.
  • That may be the only book in print even tangentially related to one of these costumes. Even Marvel and DC know to bury the evidence.


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