Note: One of the shining moments in great costume redesigns recently has been Jamie McKelvie‘s rendition of Ms. Marvel in her new guise as Captain Marvel. Announced earlier this month at WonderCon, comics reporter Albert Ching at Newsarama caught up with the artist for an in-depth discussion of the character and the thinking behind the design. – Chris A.
Nrama: Obviously, a huge component is that it’s a rare superhero costume — male or female — that actually appears fairly practical. Was that a major part of the goal from the start? In general, would you like to see the mainstream comic book industry move more towards that direction?
McKelvie: I wouldn’t say necessarily practical — but that’s a result of us trying to create something that came out of her character and background in the military. I think the best and strongest costumes arise from the character’s personality, backstory and so on.
It deserves a much longer answer, but I’d like to see more consideration for what message a female character’s design is putting across. I think we, as an industry, are getting better at it though, which is heartening.
You can read the entire interview at this link. And if you’re interested in more of McKelvie’s design work, visit our archives for redesigns he did of Emma Frost, Psylocke, and a stunning Wonder Woman.