June 03, 2013

Superhero [radical] redesigns

Newsarama has another countdown, this time about the Top 10 Character Redesigns. Did they leave anyone out? I can think of a few. Here's their top ten:

10) Green Arrow
9) Daredevil (yellow to red suit)
8) Captain America (star-spangled to all black suit)
7) Aquaman
6) Storm (mohawk hairstyle)
5) Wonder Woman
4) Iron Man (gray to gold to red-and-gold armor)
3) Beast (change to all-blue fur)
2) Spider-Man (all-black "symbiote" suit)
1) Superman (see below)

What about [Marvel's] the Vision? The Android Avenger went from green and yellow (with that characteristic red face) to all faded yellow in the pages of John Byrne's West Coast Avengers:

When Byrne took the reins of West Coast Avengers, he had the Vision captured and then completely disassembled. This was because, years prior in the pages of The Avengers (circa #254), Vizh attempted to seize control of all the world's computer systems.

Vision's wife the Scarlet Witch is aghast at what happened to her hubby.

Various intelligence agencies, with Avenger Mockingbird's help, were responsible for this, and it fell to 'ol Hank Pym (Ant Man/Giant Man) to put Vizh back together again. He was successful, but Pym could not include Vision's emotions! To do this, he needed Simon Williams' (Wonder Man) brain patterns again (which were originally used as the basis for Vision's computer mind way back when). But ... Williams refused this time out (not having had a choice the first time). This highly irritated the Scarlet Witch (for whom Wonder Man had feelings, no doubt a reason for his refusal) who promptly dropped a cliff face on top of Simon! Vizh eventually got new brain patterns which rebooted his emotions, but his marriage to Wanda (Scarlet Witch) was already over. (And, ironically, Wanda ended up for a time romantically with Wonder Man.)

Regarding Iron Man, wouldn't a more radical redesign be when the armor's color scheme made a radical departure from the norm? After all, the change in #4 above wasn't really that "radical;" the golden armor that Stark had way back was actually his original armor with a gold paint job. And when the red and gold suit debuted, the all-gold suit had only been around for a whole six issues. Thus, I say that the debut of the Silver Centurion armor (Iron Man #200, below) is a bigger "radical" change ... especially since, too, that one of IM's nicknames is "Golden Avenger." (He didn't suddenly become the "Silver Avenger" in #200, either.)

Posted by Hube at June 3, 2013 05:39 PM | TrackBack

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Ant-Man to Giant Man to Goliath to Yellow Jacket?

Posted by: Steve Newton at June 3, 2013 08:32 PM

Definitely could have been considered, especially Goliath to Yellowjacket. Maybe since all incarnations had the same basic powers, 'tho, that's why they weren't listed.

Posted by: Hube at June 4, 2013 07:37 AM