Note: After winning us over back in June with her Power Girl design, Rose McClain is back once again to take on another DC heroine: Starfire. In this piece, McClain keeps the inherent sexiness of this Tamaranean princess while making it a little less revealing. And I also dig the accents with her hair! – Chris A.
Note: There’s more to life than work, even for DC’s featured females. Elizabeth Beals has taken some of DC’s top heroes and villains and given them some after-hours hipster makeovers. Harley and Kory are the best! – Chris Arrant
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Note: Some say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but Pericles Junior hopes to do that with his second rendition of the Teen Titans kids. After appearing here last month, Pericles brought back the kids and posed them more front-and-center to show off his various ideas for the costumes. While not all of them are home runs, I like the the militaristic Superboy — especially offset by the slacker Supergirl. – Chris A.
Note: There’s been alot of attention focused on reworking the costume for DC’s Starfire, and artist Christopher Duran is taking his turn… and what a turn it is. Duran’s fired up the Tamaranean princess’ fiery locks, and added to that with the flowing scarf around her waist. I love the cut of Koriand’r clothing, giving her a very visible sexinees without veering into more lascivious territory. – Chris A.
Note: Although she wasn’t the first hero to go by the name Starfire, this long-time Teen Titan defined won out and made it her own. Originally created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, this alien princess has received a much-needed wardrobe upgrade courtesy of frequently featured P:R artist here, Erica Henderson. Seemingly inspired equally by Perez’ comics interpretation and Starfire’s appearance in the stellar Teen Titans animated series, Henderson gives her a hairband for that tousled and rebellious hair, along with a wardrobe that’s revealing without being one-dimensional sex object. I’d love to see Kori take this outfit to heart and show what she can really do in comics. – Chris A.
Note: Some fans can’t get past the inherent sexiness that some superhero characters put on, and the trend of gender-swapping in superhero design really forces people take a second look at costume design. Artist Joe Phillips recently did a host of Marvel & DC superheroine costumes as if worn by males, and really innovated here in terms of making the costumes work on men. – Chris A.
Note: Our friends at Superhero of the Month are doling out the entries from their recent Starfire contest, and amongst the entries was one that stood out to both Dean and I. The winner hasn’t been declared yet, but This design by Blair J. Campbell gets high marks from us for being inventive, cool, and just plan fun-looking to draw. Great looking work! – Chris A.
Here’s what Campbell said about the design:
Rather than go the ultra-sleazy route that seems to be popular these days, I decided to go retro-chic. I designed the costume to be an homage to the ’50s style “space girl” look — still being sexy, without giving it all away for free. As for her skin, I tried to give her an almost translucent, glowing quality. Her power is actually radiating from within her body, much like an actual star. I imagined that the hair would be so much of an actual flame, but something along the lines of plasma and solar flares. It’s constantly shifting and morphing.
Note: DC’s Starfire has been getting a lot of attention in recent months, and artist Maya Nord has taken her own spin on the character. Digging into the character’s origin, Nord comes back with a design that sexy without being unseemly. – Chris A.
Here’s what Maya had to say about the redesign:
This is a design I’ve been pondering about for a little while. I read about her origins a while ago and apparently she was designed to be a sort of Red Sonja from space, which just made me think of Dejah Thores and then belly dancers for some reason, so I just rolled with it.
Note: The creator of the webcomic Dresden Codak is taking his talents and putting them to work on redesigning five of what he considers the most needed fashion faux pas in the comics world. Look below for Aaron Diaz’s renditions of Superman, Dr. Strange, Wonder Woman, Starfire and Ms. Marvel, then head over to his blog to read his in-depth explanations and even some story ideas to go along with the designs. – Chris A.