Superheroine Costume History List
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.
*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.
39 and counting....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.