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Superheroine Costume History List

Updated on September 23, 2014

My first successful article on HubPages was Sexiest Superheroines Explained. In it, I poked fun at the clothing choices these women chose for their uniforms. I decided to follow the article up with a hub about Wonder Woman’s costume history. It also proved successful. This was the beginning of my Superheroine Costume History hubs. I had found a unique way to talk about these heroes history through their costumes. I could find no other sites on the internet doing this. (With a few individual character exceptions.) Now that I have found my nitch on the internet and a large enough selection of superheroes, I have created this page as a way to help readers find the characters they are most interested in and see which ones are available so far.

I created this hub, because HubPages does not have a sorting system that allows me to effectively display all of these articles together; there are not enough featured spots, the next/previous option does not show a large enough selection, and sorting by topic brings up all my comic hubs.

Links

*The following titles are links to the respective heroes articles. If you wish to learn more about the character and their costumes you can simply click on the link.

Enjoy!

39 and counting....

Batgirl

Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl was put into the DC Comic Universe because producers of the Batman television show starring Adam West were looking for a way to boost ratings. She was unable to save the show, but did become a successful character in the Batman family. When she was paralyzed by the Joker and had to changer her role to the Oracle, many women stepped into the cowl and filled the role of Batgirl.

Batgirl Costume
Batgirl Costume | Source

Black Canary

Dinah Laurel Lance has her roots as a non super powered crime fighting detective. Through a series of multiverses and origin reboots, she would gain her famous sonic Canary Cry. She has been a key member for both the Justice League of America and Birds of Prey.

Black Canary Costume History
Black Canary Costume History | Source

Black Cat

Felicia Hardy started out as a famous cat burglar, but would later use her skills as a private investigator. She has been an enemy, ally and lover to Spider-Man. Felicia’s acrobatic and martial arts skills have helped her keep up with the super powered crowd long before she gained bad luck powers.

Black Cat Costume
Black Cat Costume | Source

Black Widow

Natalia Alianovna Romanova started out as a Russian spy, but would later become a vital member of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. Not bad for somebody with no superpowers. She did drink a watered down version of a super-soldier serum, but most of her success is due to the commitment to her training.

Black Widow Costume
Black Widow Costume | Source

Catwoman

Selina Kyle is one of the earliest villains Batman ever faced. She has gone from enemy, to ally, to lover and back again. Catwoman has had a complex and dark history. She was even banned by the comic code authority for a short period of time. Lucky for fans, cats have 9 lives.

Catwoman Costume
Catwoman Costume | Source

Dazzler

Alison Blaire started out as a joint project between Marvel and Casablanca Records. Her real life record deal may have fallen through, but she has enjoyed a long career as Dazzler in the Marvel Univers. Dazzler’s mutant powers to transform sound into light has helped her add spectacle to her musical performances and fight alongside the X-Men, Excalibur, S.H.I.E.L.D and the rebellion against Mojo.

Dazzler Costume History
Dazzler Costume History | Source

Domino

Domino was the result of Project Armageddon. Her good luck powers were deemed a failure by this secret government project attempting to create the perfect soldier through genetic manipulation. However, she went on to become a successful mercenary and vital member of the Wild Pack, Six Pack, X-Force, X-Corporation and X-Men.

Domino Costume History
Domino Costume History | Source

Elektra

Elektra Natchios was created by Frank Miller and her continued use after he killed her off has been the subject of much controversy. She is a ninja assassin, whose assignments often put her in conflict with Daredevil. Even when they are after similar goals, Elektra’s more aggressive approach go against the Man Without Fear’s beliefs. To complicate matters even more, Matt Murdock and Elektra were each other's first loves back in college.

Elektra Costume
Elektra Costume | Source

Emma Frost

Emma Grace Frost originally was an enemy of the X-Men. She went by the name White Queen and was a member of the Hellfire Club. This powerful telepath would later become a key member of the X-Men. Emma would become so trusted, that she has been put in charge of both the team and school.

Emma Frost Costume
Emma Frost Costume | Source

Firestar

Angelica Jones attended the White Queen’s Massachusetts Academy, but after discovering Emma Frost’s plans to use her as an assassin, she left the school. It was not long before Firestar teamed up with a group of young heroes and started working as an official superhero with the New Warriors. When the team disbanded, she started fighting alongside the Avengers. Firestar tried to lead a normal life and made friends with Black Cat, Hellcat and Photon. These ladies were known as the Marvel Divas.

Firestar Costume History
Firestar Costume History | Source

Gamora

Gamora was raised as the adoptive daughter of Thanos, after her people, the Zen Whoberi, were wiped out. She was trained to Magus. Upon discovering his goal of universal genocide, Gamora separated from Thanos and teamed up with Adam Warlock. She would be a member of the Infinity Watch and later join the Guardians of the Galaxy. No matter what team she was on, she always lived up to her name as the Deadliest Woman in the Universe.


Gamora Costume History
Gamora Costume History | Source

Harley Quinn

Dr. Harleen Quinzel developed a romantic obsession with the Joker while working as his psychologist in Arkham Asylum. While the Joker continually mistreats her, Poison Ivy has proven to be a good friend. Harley Quinn made her debut in the Batman Animated Series cartoon, but quickly became a staple character in the comic book world.

Harley Quinn Costume
Harley Quinn Costume

Huntress

Helena Wayne/Helena Bertinelli was originally the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle on an alternate Earth. Later, she would have her origin changed to the daughter of a crime family. Huntress has used questionable tactics in her pursuit of justice and they have often put her at odds with Batman.

Huntress Costume
Huntress Costume | Source

Invisible Woman

Susan Storm Richards gained the power of invisibility and creating force fields, when she was bombarded with cosmic radiation while on a mission in space. The Invisible Girl went from the weakest members of the Fantastic Four, to the MIstress of Malice one of their greatest enemies, and finally the Invisible Woman one of their most powerful members. In the beginning she was often used for the damsel in distress role, but would later step into a strong leadership position.

Invisible Woman Costume
Invisible Woman Costume | Source

Jean Grey

Jean Grey is one of the original members of the X-Men. Her powers of telekinesis and telepathy would grow as her character developed; making her go from one of the weakest members, to one of its most powerful.

Jean Grey Costume
Jean Grey Costume | Source

Jubilee

Jubilation Lee was an accomplished athlete, from a wealthy family. When her parents were murdered, she survived by her wits and using her mutant abilities of creating plasmoids from her hands. She became Wolverine’s unofficial sidekick and from there grew into her own hero. She would be a member of the X-Men, Generation X, New Warriors and X-Corps. She went from a mutant teenager, to a vampire and adoptive mother.

Jubilee Costume History
Jubilee Costume History | Source

Kitty Pryde

vital member as she grew into a young adult. Using her ability to phase, Kitty fought alongside the X-Men, New Mutants and Excalibur. From her early years as Sprite to the more commonly known codename Shadowcat, she has been a key player in many Marvel Universe storylines.

Kitty Pryde Costume
Kitty Pryde Costume | Source

Lady Death

Lady Death started out as a one dimensional sexual incentive for Evil Ernie to go on a killing spree. As Lady Death moved from Publisher to Publisher, her backstory grew. She became a complex, sympathetic character and one of the most popular bad girls in comics. Here you can see Lady Death’s costumes as she moves to different publishers like Eternity Comics, Chaos! Comics and Avatar Press. Read about her humble beginnings as Hope and low points as Lady Demon.

Lady Death Costume History
Lady Death Costume History | Source

Madelyne Pryor

Madelyne Pryor was cloned by Mr. Sinister, from the blood of Jean Grey. She went from the loving wife of Cyclops, to one of the X-Men’s greatest enemies. In an attempt to find her son Nathan/Cable, she accepted demonic powers and was transformed into the Goblin Queen. She was defeated, but came back as the Red Queen and continued her quest for vengeance against all those who had wronged her.

Madelyne Pryor Costume History
Madelyne Pryor Costume History | Source

Mary Jane Watson

Mary Jane Watson is one of Peter Parker’s oldest and closest friends. MJ is one of the few people who has knows that Peter is Spider-Man. She has been his friend, girlfriend, wife and ex. Through it all they have always remained best friends.

Mary Jane Watson Costume
Mary Jane Watson Costume | Source

Ms. Marvel

Carol Susan Jane Danvers has gone by many codenames. Throughout her long career she has been known as Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird and Captain Marvel. This Avenger has had one of the most traumatic histories and been the source of much controversy.

Ms. Marvel Costume History
Ms. Marvel Costume History | Source

Meggan

Meggan Braddock basically started out as a sidekick to Captain Britain in the Marvel UK imprint division and made her way into being a key player in the larger mutant world of Marvel. Explore the costumes of Meggan as she grows from a young mutant unable to control her powers, to one of the most powerful beings on Earth.

Meggan Braddock Costume History
Meggan Braddock Costume History | Source

Mera

Mera may have started out as a simple character, but over the years she grew into a complex hero. Here you can see the different costumes Mera has worn during her time as Aquaman’s partner, his wife, mother of Arthur Curry Jr., a Red Lantern and Queen of Atlantis.

Mera Costume History
Mera Costume History | Source

Mystique

Raven Darkhölme and her shape shifting abilities have made her an effective enemy and ally of the X-Men. As the former leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Mystique has been involved in many key storylines. Despite a rough appearance, her caring side can be seen in her adoption of both Rogue and Nightcrawler. (Parenting skills might be questioned.)

Mystique Costume
Mystique Costume | Source

Poison Ivy

Pamela Lillian Isley was a brilliant botanist who gained the power to control plants and used scents to have men to do her bidding. She slowly evolved from a simple crook with super powers to an extreme eco terrorist who identified more with plants than people.

Poison Ivy Costume
Poison Ivy Costume | Source

Power Girl

Kara Zor-L/Karen Starr is one of the few heroes to be transported from the alternate Earth to the main DC Comic Universe. Originally a different version of Supergirl, she would have her origin changed to being an Atlantean and then back to Kryptonian. However, she has always set herself apart and been her own individual. Even if that means having one of the most talked about costumes in comic history.

Power Girl Costume
Power Girl Costume | Source

Psylocke

Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock is the twin sister of Captain Britain. She became an asian character, when the Hand switched her body with Revanche. No matter what this telekinetic mutant’s ethnicity, her and her psychic blade are a valuable asset to the X-Men.

Psylocke Costume
Psylocke Costume | Source

Red Sonja

Red Sonja was not created by Robert E. Howard, but was inspired by two of his characters. This She-Devil with a sword has become a popular character in Howard’s Conan mythology and the Hyborian Age.

Red Sonja Costume
Red Sonja Costume | Source

Rogue

Anna “Marie” Darkhölme started out as a villain and member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Rogue permanently absorbed the powers and memories of Ms. Marvel when battling the Avengers, but would later switch sides and fight with the good guys. She has become a vital member of the X-Men.

Rogue Costume
Rogue Costume | Source

Scarlet Witch

As the daughter of Magneto, Wanda Maximoff started out as a villain and a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. She would later join the Avengers. Although she has a good heart, her powers of bending reality have driven her insane on several occasion. Wanda has single handedly torn apart the Avengers, wiped out 90% of the mutant population and impregnated herself with her android husband Vision’s children.

Scarlet Witch Costume
Scarlet Witch Costume | Source

She-Hulk

Successful lawyer, Jennifer Walters, is the cousin of Bruce Banner and gained her powers when he gave her a blood transfusion using his own blood. She might have started out savage, but she quickly regained her intelligence and been a reliable member of both the Avengers and Fantastic Four.

She-Hulk Costume
She-Hulk Costume | Source

Silk Spectre

Alan Moore’s award winning comic series Watchmen would have two women take on the role of the Silk Spectre. Sally Jupiter was the original Silk Spectre from the 1940s. Her daughter, Laurie Juspeczyk, would continue the family legacy and operate as the second Silk Spectre in the 1980s.

Silk Spectre II Costume
Silk Spectre II Costume | Source

Spider-Woman

Many women have taken on the role of Spider-Woman. Jessica Drew, Julia Carpenter, Mattie Franklin and Charlotte Witter have all brought their own unique personalities and powers to the Spider-Woman identity.

Spider-Woman Costume
Spider-Woman Costume | Source

Starfire

Koriand’r may be from a distant planet, but she is one of Earth’s mightiest heroes. Her super strength and ability to channel solar energy has made her a valuable member of the Teen Titans.

Starfire Costume
Starfire Costume | Source

Storm

Ororo Monroe has been one of the longest continual members of the X-Men, since she joined in 1975. With her mutant ability to control the weather, she has been a powerful team member and group leader.

Storm Costume
Storm Costume | Source

Supergirl

As the older cousin of Superman/Clark Kent, Kara Zor-El is the most well known woman to have taken on the role of Supergirl. However, the Supergirl title has been used by a diverse group of women.

Supergirl Costume
Supergirl Costume | Source

Vampirella

Vampirella has had a long and diverse history. This femme fatale vampire had her origin story rewritten, gone from horror story to superhero style comics and still managed to keep the same costume.

Vampirella Costume History
Vampirella Costume History

Wonder Woman

Diana Prince/Princess is one of the first and most famous female super powered heroes ever created. This amazonian warrior, inspired from Greek mythology, was created in the early 1940s and is still going strong today.

Wonder Woman Costume
Wonder Woman Costume | Source

X-23

X-23 was cloned from the DNA of Wolverine, to create a new Weapon X program. Born and raised to be the ultimate assassin, X-23 was able to find her humanity, embrace her surrogate mothers’ love, and become Laura Kinney.

x-23 Costume
x-23 Costume | Source

Zatanna

Zatanna Zatara is the daughter of golden age superhero/magician Giovanni Zatara. She has continued the family legacy by becoming a powerful magician herself. She has been an integral part of shaping Justice League’s history and vital to their success when dealing in threats from a supernatural force.

Zatanna Costume
Zatanna Costume

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Google Images (Images appeared on several sites and was unsure of original)

www.comicvine.com

www.deviantart.com

Suggestions

I already have a large list of superheroines who I will be creating costume history articles for. However, if you would like to see the history explored of somebody not featured above, please let me know in the comment section below. I will either add them to my current list or move them farther up.

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      Gratefull 19 months ago

      Thanks for all the work.

      I was searching for something like this to catalogue my cosplay collection.

      Looking forward for updates. ;-)

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Jilfan88, Raven has been moved up the list.

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      jillfan88 2 years ago

      Please do raven from teen titans. You did starfire so please

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Actually she is on my list and that is the exact reason I have been avoiding her. But now I know, I need to move her up. Thanks for the suggestion

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      Me 2 years ago

      A Wasp article would be great, but maybe too time consuming. Whenever I look at old Avengers issues she always seems to be in a different costume.

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      Geekdom 2 years ago

      Spider-Girl has been added to the list. Thank you for the suggestion.

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      SpideyFan 2 years ago

      Whta about Spider-girl (May Parker) or Arana (Anya Corazon) :D

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      Geekdom 3 years ago

      Starlighterflex, I have completed the costume history of Firestar. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for adding characters to the list.

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      Geekdom 3 years ago

      And Firestar has been added to the list. Thanks for the suggestion. Julie Newmar is a favorite amongst comic fans. I learned a lot of new thins about Catwoman when doing the research for my article.

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      Doug DeWalt 3 years ago from Ohio USA

      Good article! I'd like to see Firestar from the 80's Spiderman and Friends. I wrote one on Harley Quinn, next will be Catwoman (best one - Julie Newmar). Well done, keep 'em coming.