the commitment to right wrongs as a super hero, it is important for the
the budding hero or heroine to dress appropriately for the task at
hand. That's right, it's time to design your uniform!
Please note that a super hero does not wear a "costume," as he is not
just playing at dress-up. Concomitant to the development of a
secret hero identity, a true super hero must have a useful uniform that
allows for ease of movement, is durable, and is donned only for the
purpose of fighting crime and defending the meek.
several essential elements to a super hero's uniform. Choose the combination that works for you.
Regardless of what
many designers may believe, capes are not out this season! Capes
can range from short and cheeky to long and flowing. They can be
dark, ominous-looking cloaks that hide one's form in the shadow of
night, or light and airy to catch the wind whilst flying.
Smart heroes know
that one must hide one's civilian identity from the nefarious hordes of
evil-doers in the world in order to protect those close to heart.
What better way to disguise oneself than with a mask? Masks range
from the tiny-yet-effective domino style to the full-face mask or
helmet. Be sure you can see out of the eye slits of your
mask! The last thing you need is to have your peripheral vision
cut off in the midst of battle.
Another way a
hero can protect his identity is to wear gloves that cover
fingerprints. Gloves also defend against the cold, and provide
some protection for the delicate bones of the hand when punching
through brick walls. NB: Just as one's tie should match one's
socks, the gauntlets of a super hero's uniform should compliment the
cape, if worn.
A belt is a very
useful accessory to a super hero's uniform. It can be as simple
as a snazzy sash that flutters while flying, or an extremely hi-tech
utility belt. Besides helping one cut a sharp figure, the belt
provides the perfect place for utility pockets in an otherwise
revealing outfit. Some of the items you can put into belt
pockets: gas pellets, ID card, cab fare, camera, teleportation device,
two-way radio, business cards. Be creative!
Unless you are an
amphibian who does most of your crime fighting under the waves, shoes
do indeed make the man or woman. Boots add support for the ankles
when leaping down from several stories high and aid in giving that
special oomph one sometimes needs when kicking the head of a villainous
alien bent on devouring the inhabitants of our world. NB:
While high heels do indeed enhance the shapeliness of the female leg, a
super heroine should bear in mind that she does need to be able to run
in her uniform boots - sometimes at super speed!
Not of the least
importance is the insignia that helps people to identify your hero
persona. The insignia can be iconographic (Batman, the Flash,
Green Lantern), or a stylized letter of your super hero name (Superman,
Supergirl, Krypto). Though many heroes have their insignias
emblazoned across their chests, others choose to place them on other
parts of the uniform (Robin, Aquaman). There are three simple
guidelines that one should bear in mind when designing one's insignia:
It should be stylish, it should be bold, and it should easily
recognizable by the public at large. After decades of having
people ask her "Just what is that on your breastplate?" Wonder Woman
finally chose her signature winged "WW" logo.