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1959’s Green Lantern redesign by Gil Kane: Reboots and revamps are nothing new in comics — it was being done as far back as the 1950s. One of the most successful revamps of all times was the decision by DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz to revive Golden Age characters like The Flash and Green Lantern. In this one, Schwartz tasked artist Gil Kane and writer John Broome to revisit the circus performer-looking Green Lantern and recreate him as more of a sci-fi figure, and Kane created one of the first superhero outfits that was for not only a character, but an entire team in the Green Lantern Corps. I can’t even begin to imagine how the Hal Jordan Green Lantern would have fared had he kept Alan Scott’s costume, and I’m glad it never happened.
1970’s Black Widow redesign by John Romita Sr.: Introduced six years before, Marvel’s Black Widow wasn’t that major of a character, despite appearing as an ally to the Avengers from time to time. But after she dropped her gothic evening-wear attire in favor of a skintight catsuit, bracelets and belt, she became more than just another character in the mind of the House of Ideas. If she looked the way she did in 1964, do you think she could make it in today’s Marvel comics, let alone in movies like Iron Man 2 and The Avengers?
1956’s Flash redesign by Carmine Infantino: For its time, this redesign of DC’s Golden Age Flash was arguably one of the most drastic changes superhero costumes had seen. Infantino threw out the original costume’s references to the god Mercury and instead took cues from runners’ outfits, boiling down the suit to its basics and making it one of the most simplistic yet memorable designs comics has seen before or since .