Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Although the Supergirl Movie may not have reached the standards and profits or the Superman films, this did not affect the popularity of the Maid of Might in the eyes of the DC readers.  However, there was a Crisis on the horizon. Supergirl would continue fighting crime in her Rah Rah Skirt and Head Band until 1985.

The Head Banded Super Girls days were numbered.

The DC Chiefs had decided that the DC community of characters had become too large and too complicated.  The word RE BOOT had never been used or heard of in comics, but this was all about to change.

In 1985 a mini series was launched that would run for 12 issues and have tie ins to all the other published comics by DC. The Story CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, would finally allow  DC a chance to wipe the slate clean and start again.  They planned to keep some characters, combine some and remove some characters from existence.

The result was some Heroes and villains had to be sacrificed in order to make the reboot work. One of which was Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl. ........ But Surprisingly her Earth Two counterpart Karen Starr aka Kara Zor -L aka POWER GIRL would survive the Crisis....... But would no longer be a Kryptonian and therefore not a true version of Supergirl..... but more about Power Girl at another time.

Sacrificing herself to save others Supergirl died in issue 7 # of Crisis on Infinite Earths.  Another Death that rocked the DC world was Barry Allen aka The Flash, but again his death would be remaindered by all.  Unlike some characters Kara's Death would be known to the surviving world, but this was not the case for all heroes, some of which would simplify disappear and be forever forgotten in DC continuity. Like Helena Wayne aka THE HUNTRESS of  Earth Two, Kathy Kane the Original BAT-WOMAN, two of the many popular characters that simply did not fit in the new world order.

Here is my take on a classic comic event.


Although we all know that Super Heroes never really die, for some the this was the end of the one true Super Girl.

Next time a NEW SUPER GIRL takes to the Air !

Until then ENJOY.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

KARA KOR-EL The Super Girl of Fashion Part 6 The Headband and the Movie

In SuperGirl got another make over. It seems that the guys at DC decided that the Maid of Might may be looking a bit old fashioned in her hot pants and blouse combination.

This was the 1980's and the era was all about leggings, leotards and head bands. Think Olivia Newton John and Physical.

So good bye Blue Blouse, hello Rah-Rah Skirt and Head Band. This added to a new curly  hair do and Super Girl was again fit for the modern day.

Lets get Physical !

Fans were not that impressed but they got used to it.

Around the same time, DC were approached to have there Female Star from Krypton made into a movie star. It had worked with Superman so why not with his little cousin too.

Although a costume featuring a headband was originally considered and a trial one made, it was decided that SuperGirl would have a more old school look.

Something Old, something New, something Borrowed, something Blue

This costume combined many of the features from Kara's passed fashion looks. As well as playing homage to the Superman suit already worn by Christopher Reeves in his first two movies.

Here is my take on the 1984 Helen Slater's SuperGirl.

Although not a flop at the cinema's the world maybe was not ready to see if a Woman was really able to fly !!!!!

Here is the two side by side for the first and last time.

Next time its Crisis Time for Super Girl.

Until then ENJOY !

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

KARA ZOR-EL The Super Girl of Fashion Part 5 into the 1970's

After one or two tweaks Super Girls look for the rest of the 1970's into the 1980's was finally complete.

The final version of the Blouse shirt with small emblem costume would become a classic.

The smaller emblem would allow the artist better freedom to show the female form. Like the Eagle and WW on Wonder Woman's chest, the Super Logo with all its curvy lines could cause problems to some artists. A small Super Crest made the job easier.

No longer was Kara just a Superman clone in a blond wig. No longer was Kara a silly school girl with super powers, No longer was Kara a victim of fashion...... She was now Kara Zor-El , aka Super Girl or should it have been Super Young Adult !!!

Here is the final version of the costume.

The Look was NOW complete.

Here is a look at the various versions that evolved into the final classic Super Girl look.

A Super New Look

Next time Kara gets to go to the movies not before getting a head band. !

Until then    


Friday, 5 June 2015

KARA ZOR-EL The Super Girl of Fashion PART 4

With readers writing in with their own designs and the artists having a lot of fun meant that the Young Supergirl never seemed to wear a "New" Look very LONG.

However, a Super Costume did finally pop up that had a good look and balanced the 1970's fashion style and feel.

Again this costume would only last a short time, but by the time the readers had seen it the guys at DC knew they were onto a winner.

Here is the first attempt at a look that would be later adopted.

Supergirl was onto a winner here.

As you can see, the shorts have filly bobbles attached and the foot wear is far from being perfect.

As feed back takes a time to get to the powers that be at DC and Artist can draw some strips  many months in advance of publication it would take a while for the previous costume to re revisited.

Next up was the so called Battle Suit of the Maid of Steel.  This costume was very busy but elements of it would later be used in more modern times.

Red with gold edging would later be a look that Kara would embrace, but not yet.

This suit design would be recoloured a few times, but would ultimately be replaced by the previous look, with a few tweaks to the footwear.

Battle Suit Mark 2 with bi coloured cape

This cape look would again be adopted many  decades later.

A third try at this costume in my option was really the inkers or printers getting it wrong.

More suited for the legion of Super Heroes than the normal Universe.

Finally DC returned to the Big Blue Blouse and Small Logo and Hot Pants Look.

Finally Kara got a great new  look, OK the shoes would be replaced by boots in the end.

This look would stick around for the rest of the 1970's into the 1980's with better boots and better shorts.

Next Time we will look at the Finished Article.

Until then ENJOY !

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

KARA ZOR - EL Part Three The SuperGirl of Fashion

Between the late 1960's into the 1970's Supergirl grew up and her costume started reflecting that and the time she lived in.

No more plain dress with the same overall look of her cousin the Man of Steel. Now Super Girl got modern, and adopted many looks.

Some would last for a time, some would go and come back later.... and some would be forgotten and unforgettable too.

Whilst the colours were constant, Yellow, Red & Blue.  and The Super Crest looked the same, even if the sizes did differ from look to look ,....  all costumes did come  with a cape after all, BUT some of the  combinations divide the fans.

One look that lasted a few issues was this one with the  Stripey Tights and PIXIE BOOTS

More Uniform than Costume

This look was later slightly altered with different coloured leggings.

The next look look was a a case of less is better, No Gloves and no long tights. More fit for a day at the beach than a day doing Battle for Truth Justice and The American Way !

Next time DC get it right !

Until then ENJOY !