Fashion Emergency, Supergirl! Part IV

Heading into Day 4 (or The Quest for Peace as I like to call it) of Supergirl Week, brought to you by P:R and S.G., and here are a couple more Supergirls!


Ross Campbell, Rochester, NY

Dean Trippe: This is over-the-top awesome. Ross maintains the sexiness of the character, but in a hardcore way that lets you know she’s nobody’s plaything. I love the lowrise shorts, the gloves, and the boots. The super-symbol shapes popping up throughout the design are really cool. I think I would’ve included some red somewhere, but the exclusion of it does make this design really unique.

Joel Priddy: Man, this is a bold design. Ross Campbell did an amazing job of dropping preconceptions of the character. In the wrong hands, this design could easily look exploitive, but with Campbell it makes a fine argument for DC to bring back Elseworlds. I’d love to see a big fat graphic novel of Campbell’s punk Supergirl in a world without any of the other DC heroes, but plenty of giant monsters and alien invasions. And DC should market those boots.

Jessica Plummer: With the short, dark hair, the strong blue elements, and the briefs, this reminds me of the oft-forgotten Cir-El incarnation of Supergirl – but unlike Cir-El’s costume, this one is totally cute. Like Joel, I worry that the shorts will encourage artists to draw her more bootylicious than is perhaps appropriate, but right now she looks young, bright, and powerful – just the way Supergirl should look!

Chris Arrant: The yellow-blue color scheme is what sets this apart immediately, but putting more thought into it (like Ross has) really shows a real different type of Supergirl than what you’re used to. The boots are definitely ready for action, but the short shorts got me worried — in the hands of a less-capable artist, they could easily de-evolve into daisy dukes.

Joel Priddy: I think those are already well past daisy dukes.

Vito Delsante: Anyone think it might be…too sexy? I actually love this design, especially the colors, but my biggest problem with Supergirl is that folks want to sex her up a little too much. I know in this day and age, it’s hard to keep teens from looking older than what they are, but I always felt that Supergirl was a role model for tween girls. I see this as being perfect for Kara if she went into the future and came back battle hardened (is that a word?). For a teen Supergirl, this is more Power Girl than it is Kara.

Joel Priddy: This is a distinctly sexualized Supergirl (I mean, how tight does your costume have to be if we can see your navel through it?). The difference between this and the present incarnation is that this Supergirl seems sexual on her own terms, as opposed to being designed solely for the male eye. This design would only work with creators who understood the difference.


Paul Milligan, Dallas, Texas

Dean Trippe: I dig this one because of all the attention to seams, piping, and layering. I’m not sold on the hairstyle, but the uniform has a cool otherworldly element that’d be at home in the Legion series.

Joel Priddy: This is a really neat design with interesting construction-details. I agree that there is an otherworldly quality to it that makes me think of the Kryptonian comments on Adora Spintriae’s design. Why would an indestructible girl make a point of covering herself so thoroughly? A subconcious fear of contamination? Or is this a specialized suit? Is it lead lined? Does it have a zip-up fetish hood for when she might encounter Kryptonite? Or is it a battery-suit that keeps her toasty with the yellow solar radiation when she’s in other star systems?

Dean Trippe: Yeah, but you could make the same arguments for Superman’s full body costume coverage. Maybe being invulnerable doesn’t really alter your desire to not be naked!

Joel Priddy: I dunno. Something about the extra-long sleeves and the gloves strikes me as hermetic. I think it speaks more to the Martian Manhunter’s new I’m-not-one-of-you look than to Superman’s lack of bare arms or legs.

Dean Trippe: Still, kicking design. Maybe gloveless would be the way to go.

Joel Priddy: I’m kinda into the battery suit idea.


Chris Haley (w/ April Steel & Diana Nock), Memphis, TN

Joel Priddy: A collaboration between Chris Haley and his girlfriend, April [and their friend, Diana], this design is a) adorable, and b) actually representative of what teenage girls wear. Many fine elements here: barrettes, Fleischer Bros.-style S-Shield, darker blue tights with skirt. The most distinctive feature of this design is the hoodie in lieu of a cape. While the hoodie will certainly begin to look dated in a few years, Supergirl is a character in need of regular make-overs to keep her current.

Dean Trippe: I agree entirely. I want to read about this Supergirl’s adventures immediately. The only design element I don’t quite go for is the capri-length leggings. I’d rather see full tights and some cool boots, but that’s me. I also think Joel’s Kryptonian bracelet would fit in with this design.

Joel Priddy: I would like to see what sort of shoes Chris and April would put on her.

Chris Arrant: I like this a lot, but I’ve always been partial to hoodies and layers.

Vito Delsante: Am I crazy or does this look like Supergirl meets Scott Pilgrim?

Joel Priddy: You’re not crazy.

Dean Trippe: Supergirl could really use some Scott Pilgrim.

Vito Delsante: That’s probably true. I love the sleeveless hoodie. You can put any “S” diamond design you want to in there, that hoodie will always look great. Not so sure that the pants color shouldn’t match the hoodie, but I’m no judge of color coordination, that’s for sure. Sometimes I wear orange and brown just ’cause Wolverine used to…that’s not a good idea, right?

Joel Priddy: Depends. Are tiger stripes involved?

Vito Delsante: See Joel? We were just starting to get along. Why must you pop my balloon? :)

7 comments on “Fashion Emergency, Supergirl! Part IV
  1. Paul Milligan has a great design for Supergirl. Love her hair. Love his art.

    The Chris, April, & Diana version is cute, especially with the hoodie. Also, I’m a huge fan of anything Diana is involved with!

  2. i think chris would agree that this was very scott pilgrim-inspired.

    i was torn between tennis shoes and boots, so chris was going to go back and draw the feet later. but when diana said she’d ink it, chris couldn’t pass up the offer.

    i very much like the IDEA of boots. every superhero should have them, really. but after thinking about it i decided this outfit might work better with some simple flat slip-ons. maybe she’s got another tougher costume for those really mean, hard-to-beat villians.

    supergirl week over here at P:R has been great fun! it’s been exciting to see some of my favorite entries reviewed.

  3. I like Campbell’s style, but the first things that popped in what passes for my mind when I saw if was 1) “Who wears short shorts…” (I hope you guys have heard of that old commercial) and 2) she looks cold. I know, she’s a Super-girl and thusly immune to the vagaries of temperature. But still.

    The only thing that bugs me about Milligan’s entry, besides the pointy hair, is those pointy shoulders on her jacket, or tunic, or upper costume part. Looks kinda 1985.

    Regarding Haley/Steel/Nock’s entry, all I can say is somebody’s been reading a lot of Scott Pilgrim, haven’t they?

  4. Re: the last design, that capri-length leggings under a mini skirt look is very in right now (and I want that hoodie). I would also love to see Supergirl following fashion trends in her current books, because it seems like she would. 1970′s Supergirl did, didn’t she?

  5. I think the difference that makes Ross Campell in his version is that is practical sexiness. While many superheroines costumes would fall, slip of just be unconfortable this one isn’t. she can kick butts perflectly with it.

  6. As soon as I saw the Campbell design I desperately wanted to see that character in All-Star Superman. For some reason I feel like she’d fit perfectly in Morrison’s odd little world. And yes, the Haley/Steel/Nock design is very Scott Pilgrim, and yes, that’s a good thing.

  7. Haley & co. won.

    I don’t care about Supergirl at all right now. I’d buy a book about that character. People from DC are probably reading this, right?

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