30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #10: Your Favorite Costume

X-Men First Class Uniform

Art by: Marko Djurdjevic

Created by: Charles Xavier

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

First App. X-Men #1 (1963)

For superheroes the costume is very important. Within the comic book universes superhero costumes serve multiple purposes. First they conceal the identity of the hero from the public, protecting them from exposure. Many costumes come with more protection than superpowers can generate. They can protect from the weather, bullets, radiation and other dangers. Furthermore, they must sometimes accommodate unique psychical aspects of Marvel characters, such as wings (Archangel) or claws (Wolverine).

Many heroes and villains have special items or equipment that are needed for their powers to work like Cyclops’ Visor or to specifically protect them from psychic attacks, Magneto’s helmet. In addition to that, most Marvel characters are members of a team. While some teams have individual costumes that are unified by one aspect, like the X-Men logo, team costumes exists. To this end I personally love the individual costume of Storm from the X-Men animated television series. However, I like team costumes more.

The Fantastic Four’s Future Foundation Uniform is pretty good. However, I still prefer the old X-men uniform from the first class era. Designed by Professor X, the costume was suppose to “projected for body protection and ideological identification with the public, making them seem like super-heroes.” I like the overall design. Blue and yellow are contrasting colors, creating a striking uniform. The uniforms vary slightly providing some individuality while keep them look the same.

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