Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Mattie Franklin (Spider-Woman III) Costume history.

Despite being Spider-Woman for little more than a year, Mattie Franklin has worn a lot of costumes. Her first costume was based on the classic Spider-Man costume, minus the web designs and with the addition of a ponytail. After a villain stole her powers, Mattie retired the costume, and when she got them back she briefly wore a makeshift costume of a navy-and-green leotard with a domino mask and high-heeled boots. Afterwards, Mattie designed a blue-and-red costume with a spider-symbol (similar to the one on Spider-Man's back) and large web wings. Shortly after she altered that costume, changing the blue to black, shortening the gloves and adding spider-patterned shorts. Still not satisfied, she removed the web wings and then added a red cowl with a black spider emblem, a larger spider-emblem on the chest, and black-and-red gloves and leggings. When the woman who stole her powers returned, Mattie showed up to fight her wearing a purple one-piece bathing suit with a black spider emblem,  with matching mask, gloves, and high-heeled ankle boots. Thankfully Mattie retired that costume quickly and designed a new navy-and-silver costume with a silver spider-symbol and web wings. Finally, Mattie came up with a Spider-Woman costume would keep with for the rest of her career, a black-and-red costume with a very stylized spider-symbol and shorter, scallop-edged web wings.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Powers Rangers for 2019: Power Rangers Beast Morphers

In a surprising move, next year's Power Ranger series won't be based on the two recent Sentai seasons; it will be an adaptation of 2012's sentai season, Go-Busters! Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (a series based on animals and spies) was skipped for Kyoryuger (Power Rangers Dino Charge). Well now it is going to be the newest Power Rangers. Lets meet the Rangers.

Red Ranger, gifted with super speed, pilots the Cheetah Zord (which has race car and Battlezord modes)
Blue Ranger, with the power of super strength, pilots the Gorilla Zord (which has a truck mode)
Yellow Ranger, gifted with the power to jump incredibly high, is the first Ranger to be based on a Rabbit. Her Rabbit Zord has a helicopter mode.
The Gold Ranger pilots the Beetle Zord (which has a construction crane and Battlezord mode)
Silver Ranger (who could possibly be a robot in the Power Rangers adaptation) pilots the Insect Zord (which has a jet mode)
The Black Ranger (who may be from a parallel dimension) pilots the Lion Zord (which has a motorcycle and a Battlezord mode)
The Beast Megazord is the combination of the Cheetah, Gorilla, and Rabbit Zords.
The Sector Megazord is the combination of the Beetle and Insect Zords.
The Super Beast Megazord is the combination of the Cheetah, Gorilla, Rabbit, Beetle, and Insect Zords.
The Lion Megazord is the combination of the Lion, Gorilla, and Rabbit Zords.
The Ultra Beast Megazord is the combination of the Cheetah, Gorilla, Rabbit, Beetle, Insect, and Lion Zords.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Comparing the legacy of Supergirl and Spider-Woman

Supergirl and Spider-Woman are both the female counterparts of iconic heroes who wear blue-and-red costumes, but that isn't the only similarities these two superheros share.
The Originals: Kara Zor-El and Jessica Drew were the first women to become Supergirl and Spider-Woman respectively. Both women became superheroes due to their parents trying to save them from radiation poisoning. Kara Zor-El was born on a chunk of Krypton that had been converted into the floating city of Argo after the planet's destruction. When meteorites pierced the atmospheric shield of the city, they unleashed Kryptonite radiation in the ground. Dying of exposure to the lethal radiation, Kara's parents sent her to Earth to live with her cousin Kal-El aka Superman in the city's only escape rocket. On Earth, she was found by her cousin and assumed the identity of Supergirl. Jessica Drew lived on a mountain that had high levels of uranium in the ground. When she showed signs of radiation poisoning, her father put her in a pod that infused her with spider-DNA since spiders had radiation resistance. Jessica hibernated in the pod for years when she emerged as a spider-powered adult. Despite having no connection to Spider-Man, she was called Spider-Woman.  Both woman became iconic heroes for a while until it was decided they both had to die. Kara died fighting the Anti-Monitor, while Jessica died fighting Morgan Le Fay (Jessica was revived but lost all her powers in the process)

Psychic replacements: When Kara died and Jessica was de-powered, each was replaced by a new hero using the Supergirl and Spider-Woman names. Both women used psionic energy to mimic having Kryptonian and spider-based powers. Linda Danvers became Supergirl when she merged with a protoplasmic lifeform called Matrix. After the merge, Linda found that she had telekinesis; a power she used to fly, surround herself with a protective shield that mimicked invulnerability, boost her strength, and fire psionic force blasts. Julia Carpenter was tricked into being part of a government experiment to create superheroes. An injection of spider venom mixed with plant extracts turned Julia into the the new Spider-Woman with the power to create webs of solid psychokinetic energy. Her psionic powers also allowed her to cling to walls by psychokinetically bonding her fingers and toes to any surface.
Both Linda and Julia recieved new powers that ended up with the two getting sidelined. Linda briefly became an Earth-born Angel of Fire while she was Supergirl. She lost her angelic abilities, only to have them unexpectedly returned and then she was trapped in Hell. Julia became Madame Web when Cassandra Webb died in her arms and gave all her psychic powers to Julia. However a cosmic event involving all the spider-powered heroes in the multiverse caused the new Madame Web to fall into a coma and awaken after the event ended stripped of all her powers.

Third try was not the charm: Cir-El and Mattie Franklin were the third Supergirl/Spider-Woman iterations. Cir-El was the genetically engineered daughter of Superman created by an evil organization to be their own Supergirl, and Mattie gained super-strength and flight from a evil magic ritual and used those powers to assume the mantle of Spider-Woman. Both Cir-El and Mattie had unusual powers. Cir-El could fire a blast of red solar radiation from her entire body, while Matte gained the power to sprout psychically powered spider-legs from her back after fighting an evil version of Spider-Woman. However they weren't popular with the fans and both were quickly gotten rid of.

Back again: Kara and Jessica were brought back as Supergirl and Spider-Woman with new origins. Kara was now placed on a ship along with her baby cousin when Krypton was exploding. She was supposed to take care of her cousin, but her ship crashed into an asteroid and Kara was trapped in suspended animation for decades. She was eventually freed by the asteroid's destruction and she finally made her way to Earth where she became Supergirl. Jessica Drew was revealed to have been exposed to a bio-energy beam containing spider-DNA while in the womb due to experiments her father was performing for HYDRA. Her powers were returned and she once again became Spider-Woman.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Marvel Boy/Justice Costume History

Vance Astrovik had no idea that in the future he would be an astronaut lost in the depths of space in the 30th century with psychokinetic powers. And he had no idea that his future self would travel back in time to prevent his timeline from occurring. When young Vance met future Vance, the temporal anomaly unleashed young Vance's latent mutant DNA and converted it from a talent to create psychokinetic blasts into full-blown telekinesis. Dubbing himself Marvel Boy, young Vance donned a navy blue-and-white costume similar to the uniform worn by his future self and joined the teen hero team, the New Warriors. However when his bigoted father began viciously beating him for being a mutant, Marvel Boy lashed out with his telekinetic powers to protect himself and blasted his father through a wall, killing him. Marvel Boy was arrested for negligent homicide and sent to prison. When he was released for early for good behavior, he decided to christen himself Justice, wearing a padded blue-and-white costume with red goggles and a red scales emblem belt. Justice rejoined the New Warriors and was made the new team leader, and he celebrated by designing a new white costume with navy blue-and-light blue trim with gold triangular emblems. When he was offered membership in the Avengers, Wasp gave Justice a costume that resembled his original Marvel Boy costume with elements of his last costume. Later Justice would leave the Avengers and reform the New Warriors, and changed the hue of his costume from navy to teal and added gold trim to his costume. He also wore a black-and-white version of this costume with a jacket

The Costume History of Firestar

The mutant mistress of microwaves, Firestar began her career under the tutelage of Emma Frost aka the White Queen. Emma provided Angelica Jones with training in her mutant ability to control microwave radiation, and gave her a fiery yellow-and red costume and large flame-shaped mask that would become her most iconic and well-known look. Realizing Emma intended to use her as an assassin, Firestar left and joined the teen hero-team, the New Warriors. There she would decided to update her look to a red-and-gold leotard over a black bodysuit with gold googles. When Firestar was offered membership into the Avengers, Wasp gave her a gold-and-black bodysuit with orange flame trim and a fiery mask as a welcoming present. However Firestar found the plunging neckline too revealing and modified her costume, changing the trim to red and filling the neckline with a red flame design. Firestar left the Avengers and tried to retire from heroics, but was offered a teaching position with the X-Men. There she wore a stylized version of her original costume, with longer gloves and boots, a smaller mask, and a red collar. During a stealth mission, Firestar sported a black-and-grey version of her X-Men costume. When she fought the god Tanaraq Firestar was transformed into a fiery goddess in a "costume" of pure flame.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Legacy of Superwoman

While most people know Supergirl, Superwoman isn't as well known. And there have been quite a few of them. A side note, this post will focus on the Superman-related Superwomen and not the Earth-3 evil counterpart of Wonder Woman known as Superwoman. The first Superwoman appeared in a dream where Lois Lane gained the powers of Superman. The first official Superwoman to appear was Luma Lynai, Superwoman from the planet Staryl. She possessed powers similar to a Kryptonian, but only under an orange sun. She tried to live on Earth with Superman but found that yellow sunlight was toxic to her. Later, Kristin Wells, a time-traveling descendant of Jimmy Olsen, would take on the mantle of Superwoman, using futuristic technology to emulate superhuman powers. Dana Dearden was the the next to take on the identity of Superwoman, however the public called her Obsession. Dana was an obsessed Superman fan who used stolen magic artifacts to obtain the powers of gods and goddesses so she would be his perfect match. While not officially called Superwoman, Sharon Vance was the female version of Superman's electric blue phase. A childhood friend of Clark Kent from Smallville, Sharon became Strange Visitor (a being of living electromagnetic energy) and had to wear Superman's old electric containment suit to control her powers. Lois Lane's little sister Lucy became the next Superwoman, after the military gave her a costume that allowed her to mimic Kryptonian abilities until the suit was taken from her. Lisa Jennings was a school teacher who became the next Superwoman after gaining Superman-like powers from exposure to radiation from a Kryptonian sunstone. In the new 52 continuity, Lois Lane and Lana Lang both became Superwoman when the two women gained superhuman powers after they absorbed energy released from the dying body of the New 52 Superman. Lois developed Kryptonian-like powers similar to those of Superman while Lana developed solar-fueled electromagnetic powers similar to those Superman possessed during his electric powers phase. In another reality, Lois Lane became Superwoman for a day when Superman gave her a serum that gave her his power for 24 hours. In a reality where every DC character was the opposite gender, Laurel Kent was Superwoman, a gender-reversed version of Superman. In the 31st century, Elna Kent is the descendant of Superman and Lois Lane and the Superwoman of her timeline.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Harley Quinn Costume History

After Harley's Quinn big screen debut in Suicide Squad, some people were less than thrilled with Harley's "costume" of a red jacket and short-shorts. Let's look at the actual costumes Harley has worn in the comics and video-games. Harley Quinn began her career as a cartoon character in the Batman animated series in the 90's. A criminal psychiatrist turned villainous sidekick, Harleen Quinzel's love for the Joker led her to don the now iconic red-and-black jester costume of Harley Quinn. Her popularity resulted in Harley being added to the pages of DC comics. In the New 52 continuity, the Joker threw Dr. Harleen Quinzel into the same vat of acid that Batman threw him into. The chemicals bleached her skin and gave her two-toned red-and-blue hair. Donning a skimpy red-and-blue bodice with matching stockings, Harley Quinn was the Joker's girlfriend. However, his increasingly sadistic behavior drove Harley away from Gotham city. Harley strove to create her own identity and redesigned her look into a roller-derby uniform with elements of the original Harley Quinn jester costume. She also died the blue parts of her hair black. Later, Harley was made part of the Suicide Squad and sported a more militaristic version of her roller-derby costume. She also died her hair back to blonde. In the Injustice video game/tie-in comic continuity, Harley's look is a combination of her classic and new 52 costumes. Harley first sports red-and-black hair along with a jester themed red-and-black vest over two-toned stockings. Later she dies her hair back to blonde and dons a two-toned red-and-black jacket and with matching leather pants. In the Arkham Asylum/City/Knight games Harley first wears a modified nurse's uniform. Then she wears a red-and-black leather halter top with matching pants. Finally Harley wears a black Gothic Lolita-style dress over what appears to be the leggings of her classic jester costume.