does it matter if a hero or villain has a nice costume or not
not really , using wolverine as a example, he was his classic blue n yellow , tan and brown, weapon x look, and x-force (plus 1000 other costumes)
yet my favorite look is him in jeans , wb(or leather jacket with a white tee underneath) , and cowboy hat , its simple and cool
In my opinion costumes really personalize individual characters.
yeah people recognise someone from the batman bat or the superman S.
For Captain America it was obvious propaganda that gave him is costume and Spiderman is influcned by spiderwebs
Yes, just like in professional wrestling it is the only way to distinguish one character from another on a page. I think if comics had sound then each character would also have a theme song.
I think the reasons so many costumes look like under pants is because early artists were pretty poor and could only draw nudes which the inkers just embellished and the colorists just touched up the "undies" areas and the "boots" area and voila a new character.
I hate comics costumes and appreciate how, through film, many characters are getting revamped, realistic battle suits like with Nolan's Batman. That is the main reason I couldn't stomach the Avengers or Raimi's Spider-man films because it looked like an expensive rehashing of MIghty Morphin Power Rangers.
Outfits are more important than costumes.
Outfits can be:
protective gear such as space-suits conforming to an ensemble the character has established (like Batman with bats, or Superman's S)
In other words, costumes do not a superhero make. Recognizable motif throughout his wardrobe is what makes them "super", by giving people the notion that they're somehow special and associated with something (Batman is associated with bats, darkness, stealth, technology, strength, etc., all of which is easily recognizable if you pay attention to how he looks at almost any given moment. That's what makes him super; perception.)