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Saturday, 24 June 2017

[OPINION POLL] Capes: Are They Fashionable Or Not?

Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) Is The Greatest American Hero...

I've been revisiting the classic 1980's superhero TV show The Greatest American Hero lately and it got me thinking about superhero costumes and, in particular, the prevalence of capes as an integral motif of the genre.

To the general public, the cape is an iconic part of the superhero look, but in truth they're not as ubiquitous in comics, cartoons, and live-action as people might believe.

The cape is largely a part of the DC Comics look (e.g. Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel and his family, Dr Fate etc etc), whereas the 'young upstarts' at Marvel tend to forego this fashion choice, barring a few notable exceptions (e.g. Dr Strange, The Sentry, Thor).

My question to you is: if you were a superhero would a cape be part of your costume?

[NB. The voting booth has now been moved to the top of the blog]

I'd also be interested in hearing the reasoning behind your choice and/or your general feelings about capes on superheroes.

7 comments:

  1. I have to imagine the fate of Dollar Bill will have an impact on people's opinions here. (I know it's pretty much the first thing I think of when the choice of cape comes up!)

    (Also, I noticed that the Knight City baseball team is called the Capes...just wondering if that's a supers reference or a geography reference...or perhaps, cleverly, both?)

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    1. Very much the former ;-) But I'll take the latter!

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  2. My favorite super heroes, Alpha Flight's Guardian, Wolverine, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Flash, don't wear capes.

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  3. And the explanation from the Incredibles! No capes! (Though my favorite Batman wears a cape. Still no capes!)

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  4. Capes... they look Cool... gives the Villain something to grab the hero by, or just pull it over the hero like a sack... and they are often caught in closing doors...
    Some heroes look Much better in as Cape ... Superman, Batman...

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  5. So as an amateur artist I loved drawing capes. John Byrne drew a mean cape. I suspect as it's a visual medium capes work with Superheroes and speak of authority and mystery. Practical uses are minimal so if heroes were real few would have them I suspect unless thier authority or mystery were key.

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  6. Capes add a certain degree of gravitas to a hero. I guess it also depends on what type of hero you are. Night-time heroes like Batman use them for concealment in the shadows, while invulnerable types like Superman and Thor are so powerful that a cape is never going to be a disadvantage in a fight. But an elastic intellectual like Mister Fantastic would not suit a cape at all (But his nemesis very much does!). I'd definitely be caped.

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