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 wrapping up our super-poll with a few unusual takes on classic superhero design, from a 00s Superman pastiche to a very 80s Green Lantern, plus an arguably under-appreciated Kirby classic, and two particularly quirky robots. We'll break down all the results and unveil your favorites when you've had a chance to cast your votes.

If you're at Emerald City Comic-Con this weekend, stop by Hall A at 1pm on Sunday for the panel 'Redesigning Heroes for the Modern World', featuring Kristafer Anka, Jamie McKelvie, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Robbi Rodriguez, moderated by ComicsAlliance editor-in-chief Andrew Wheeler.

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 Bryan Hitch


Design by John Buscema, based on a design by Jack Kirby


Design by Joe Staton


Design by Dick Dillin


Design by Jack Kirby