P:R Redesign: Thomas Perkins’ Golden Age Flash & Green Lantern!

Note: One look at the P:R submission file will tell you everyone’s thinking about the DC heroes and their costumes as of late. Thomas Perkins just sent over some new takes on the Golden Age versions of DC’s The Flash and Green Lantern, straight from his sketchbook!  – Chris A.


16 comments to “P:R Redesign: Thomas Perkins’ Golden Age Flash & Green Lantern!”
  1. Cool stuff. Just the mask looks out of place on THIS Flash. Eyerything else is sleek and simple. I like it. Good to see Green Lantern wear his black threads from his first appearance.

  2. Not really feeling the Flash one as it’s just a mix of Silver Age and Golden Age. But It’s a great homage. The Green lantern one is great and reminds me of the updated look he had for a bit but with Golden Age accents like the mask, and tunic below the belt. I really like this one.

  3. Killed it. I love these redesigns. They don’t stray too far from the originals, and while the textural details might seem a little out of place with the classic Golden Age books, I can see them working in a “Guy Davis’ Sandman Mystery Theatre retrospective look at the characters” kind of way.

  4. These are great! There similar to the original costumes but new , more streamlined. They look like a modern take on old Golden Age aesthetics.

    I think my one criticism would be the mask Jay is wearing. I understand how it ties Jay’s costume to Barry’s, but it just doesn’t look like something Jay would wear. See, to me Jay was always the Good Old Boy. He’s honest, respectful and open, relying on his powers to keep civilians and villains out of his personal life.

    In a team where everybody was an upstanding citizen with high morale fibre, Jay was the example the others followed.

    I also kinda miss that streak of white hair you would see whenever he ran. The gloves and yellow lines are a great touch too. I also like how his boots reinforce his Mercury image.

  5. Nice work –
    Flash seems a bit forced, mashing the 2 looks together rather than elegantly merging them. GL is a great improvement on the original while keeping most of the existing elements, nicely streamlined I think. Like the mask “points” matching the collar. Love it.

    One thing, let’s stop with the “white eyes” on every hero, it makes them look inhuman! Especially on these golden age heroes because it makes them seem too high tech or something. Some new characters without masks are even given the white eye treatment (Bug for example, in fact looks like none of the new Teen Titans have pupils). But look at Captain America, he looks cool and you can always see his pupils! When did it start anyway? Batman and Spideman are the only exceptions that I can think of right away.

  6. I for one LOVE the mask on Jay. I like the idea of a young Jay Garrick wearing the mask before going maskless as he aged. Both these outfits look great, clean and animation-friendly.

  7. I really enjoy how they are presented with the sketchbook and all.
    @Jay: Visual Clichés (like no pupils, light lines, seams and even the dreaded pouches) should not be dismissed . Instead they should be used in peculiar situations, both the flash and the lantern have very good excuses for having light emitting eyes which would look like no pupil at low levels, i agree of not using this as a graphic standard but it should be at least considered if applicable to the character. Diversity 4 the win!

  8. Nifty designs– I especially like the Green Lantern costume. I’m going to have to agree with those who have said that the mix of Golden Age and Silver Age Flash costumes seems a little forced, though I really like the combination of costumes up until the use of mask AND helmet. I think the melded costume with the helmet alone would make a great look.

  9. Love Thomas Perkins’ golden age Flash and GL. Specially Flash.
    Thomas gave Jay a more updated and super-hero look while still retaining the golden age feel to it. Now Jay looks like he can really run. Make way Barry. haha
    The seamlines on Alan’s streamline costume is a nice touch too. He no longer look as bulky as his current comic continuity look.
    Golden age Flash and GL entering the new age. Nice!

  10. i really love flash,maybe this not suit for jay garryk but for a possible successor of jay’s identity of flash would be spectacular.

    I can’t say the same for GL,the charm of the characters from Golden Age is that they are OLD so old stile costumes are perfect for them.

  11. To me, these designs look like what might have happened if the original Flash and Green Lantern had been kept around, young and continually updated over the decades like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman were rather than being replaced by Barry Allen and Hal Jordan.

  12. Man, I love that Flash design. I don’t know if it says “Jay Garrick” to me, but it definitely says “the Flash”. I hope that it gets used someday, it’s wicked sweet. As for that GL costume? I could give a crap. Doesn’t look like anything special.

  13. Jay:
    One thing, let’s stop with the “white eyes” on every hero, it makes them look inhuman! Especially on these golden age heroes because it makes them seem too high tech or something. Some new characters without masks are even given the white eye treatment (Bug for example, in fact looks like none of the new Teen Titans have pupils). But look at Captain America, he looks cool and you can always see his pupils! When did it start anyway? Batman and Spideman are the only exceptions that I can think of right away.

    It started probably before the Golden Age even began with the pulp heroes, and the design was more a matter of necessity than choice. Color separations required that everything be cut and laid out by hand, and the level of detail for a pupil wasn’t feasible. So Superman and Captain Marvel squinted or had solid black eyes, and Batman and masked characters had white pupils on a colorful mask.

  14. Flash: As the rest has said, Jay Garrick is set apart from his brethren by not having a mask. Leave it off. I’m also not really a fan of the wing boots: they feel kind of tacked on. But I like everything else, from the way the jeans flow into the suit to the logo extending up from the bottom.
    GL: I’m a bigtime Alan Scott fan, so this really appeals to me. It keeps the retro look and feel of the character, but adds a more concise aesthetic to the character, building the outfit more around his cape. Straight lines lines lead to skinny points on his mask, collar, boots, and some of the rest of his costume, and makes him look somewhat emaciated, which helps emphasize his more supernatural origins compared to his more rounded, militaristic successors. This is an adventurer, not an officer. My one problem is the boots crisscross pattern; I think that they would better homage the original’s boots by either using actual laces or leaving them off entirely.

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