#1 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi Everyone.

Is it just me, or is pink kind of a rare colour to see used in superhero costumes? From what I can find, the only characters I can see that have had pink on their costumes are Scarlet Witch, Star Sapphires, Boom Boom, Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl, and even then, the pink is sometimes replaced with purple or red. Considering the number of superheroes that there are, it seems odd for a colour to be so underused.

My only theory on why it doesn't get used often is that pink is often seen as a 'girls colour', so creators may be reluctant to use it on male characters for fear of making them look un-manly, or reluctant to use it on female characters for fear of them being seen as being 'girly', rather than like strong grown women.

I think it would be good to use it a bit more often, as it would open up some extra variety in costumes.

Would anyone have a problem with seeing more pink in superheroes, would you like to see more, do you have any other thoughts on the matter, or do you know of any characters I've missed? Let me know what you think.

Scarlotte.

#2 Posted by SC (12724 posts) - - Show Bio

I have always liked the color pink, especially its history and that it use to be associated as a very 'masculine' color in western cultures, before being swapped with blue. i especially like pink and black as a combination. Jubilee use to have a fair bit of pink with her glasses and shirt but not its really only her glasses. Its not really pink but for all intents and purposes, Gambit's metal chest plate being the color it was, was telling of Chris Claremont's gender views to me, at least at the time... Oh and then there is Blink. Except not really a costume is it heh heh.

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#4 Posted by Dayvid3 (807 posts) - - Show Bio

I like it, but only on superheroesses, superheroettes?

#5 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (14587 posts) - - Show Bio
I'm going to go thank DC for the retcon now.

#6 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

@sc: The fact that it used to be a masculine colour makes me think it would be quite possible for there to be a human-like race of aliens who still think of it as a masculine colour. Therefore someone from their planet could end up on Earth and use a pink suit. Pink and black does look cool.

@dayvid3: I think 'superheroines' is what you're looking for, but I think 'superheroes' covers everyone.

So why not pink for male superheroes?

#7 Posted by Dayvid3 (807 posts) - - Show Bio

@sc:

The fact that it used to be a masculine colour makes me think it would be quite possible for there to be a human-like race of aliens who still think of it as a masculine colour. Therefore someone from their planet could end up on Earth and use a pink suit. Pink and black does look cool.

@dayvid3:

I think 'superheroines' is what you're looking for, but I think 'superheroes' covers everyone.

So why not pink for male superheroes?

Just having fun, but it would be flying in the face of conventional standards. Even for spandex and cowls :) Besides red and black looks much better

#8 Edited by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope this counts

#9 Edited by Dayvid3 (807 posts) - - Show Bio

there's so much wrong with that

#10 Edited by Fallen_Crippled (6436 posts) - - Show Bio

A favorite character of mine is pink. Blink!

It all depends on the character.

#11 Edited by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree. I would love to see more pink coloured superheros. Granted, pink is associated with females but breast cancer awareness, the use of pink has begun to stand for political movements like the character created below:

Of course, called the Pink Crusader. And not just for breast cancer, but also for bullying initiatives in the wearing of pink t-shirt, specifically for bullying behaviour towards homosexuals -- so then you would find images like below:

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(note the trail of rainbow dust and right hand wrist limpedness)

I myself would love to see more superheros wearing the colour -- it's gorgeous and has lots of shades to play with and outside of the blatant cheese-cakedness of the Star Sapphires, seeing a female hero take on the colour and own it would be a great message. You can be a superhero, love being girly without needing to look like the headliner in a strip tease show (like below)

Outside of the jokes dealing with Hello Super Kitty and the lovely Gay Man above, I think it's possible to have superheros (regardless of gender) be swathed in pink. It's not that much of a stretch. Pink was associated with red which signified strength and passion (which is why baby boys were dressed in pink garments whereas girls wore blue which was consider a passive, weak colour) so while I am not assuming that distinction can be brought back and further to that, the idea of any colour being associated to any one gender is so limiting. In a visual art like graphic novels/comics, it's surprising it hasn't been discarded.

Awesome topic, something to get the mind chomping on. On a side note (if I can take advantage of the idea of pink and superheros) there are a group of women in India who take both and use it as an identifier of abuses against females. They are called the Galubi Gang, (galubi meaning pink) and they make their rounds through northern India, seeking out rapists, abusive husbands and others who perform atrocities against females whom receive punishment by this group through the use of sticks and sheer numbers. Those interested in learning more can watch a documentarycalled "Pink Saris" which tells the story of the origins and those who participate through a neutral and unidealistic lense. A trailer can be found here to give you a taste. It's really eye-opening, to say the least.

Again, thanks for bringing this up. For me, I really like the colour -- particularly ballerina pink. ;)

#12 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd love for more pink, Cap is man enough for Pink

#13 Posted by KnightRise (4785 posts) - - Show Bio

If the Man himself did it, I'd happily rock black and pink.

#14 Posted by SC (12724 posts) - - Show Bio

@v_scarlotte_rose said:

@sc:

The fact that it used to be a masculine colour makes me think it would be quite possible for there to be a human-like race of aliens who still think of it as a masculine colour. Therefore someone from their planet could end up on Earth and use a pink suit. Pink and black does look cool.

Yes exactly. You might not even have to go off world either, I know its not the same thing, but Quentin Quire was a bit of a rebel with an intellectual streak, and he adopted pink hair. When I first learned about various color histories and the psychology of color and when how various artists and writers would try and incorporate color into character designs I figured they should go one step further and let the actual characters themselves explain some of their choices now and then - like how Emma wears white for her brother, and Magneto wears red the color of blood in remembrance for the dead of the Holocaust. It would be great for a character to wear pink as a critical statement towards lazy stereotypes and prejudice around and towards gender and sexual orientation. Since you don't just want one character wearing pink, also cultural reasons to wear pink. I think in Thailand there is a day assigned to wearing pink if you were born on that day, so a superhero born in Thailand on that day, not a bad reason for them to incorporate pink either.

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#15 Edited by AnyWhichWayButUp (760 posts) - - Show Bio

@v_scarlotte_rose: What about the pink lanterns? Also everyone knows real men wear pink its just a fact of life.

#16 Edited by Icarusflies (12467 posts) - - Show Bio

Gambit wears pink, doesn't he?

I agree though, a bit more pink would help distinguish some of the more mundane costumes.

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#17 Posted by JediXMan (29666 posts) - - Show Bio
Pink shirt AND pink energy powers

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#20 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: I think the Pink Crusader is a great example of how to make a pink superhero suit look good. If she wasn't an awareness mascot, I could easily imagine her in a mainstream comic. :)

The Gulabi Gang almost sounds like a comic idea itself, what with them seeking jutsice in their own way.

@sc: It would be interesting to hear why characters chose certain colours and styles for their costumes, and I'm sure there are loads of reasons to wear pink. The Thailand one sounds like a good one, unless a villain worked out that they wore it because of their birthday, and managed to narrow down who their secret identity could be, and go after their family. Actually that could be a good plot point.

@anywhichwaybutup: I thought Pink Lanterns and Star Sapphires were the same thing. I'm not a Lantern expert though, so I could easily be wrong.

@mr_lebeau: Yeah, the Komen covers are also a good example of pink in superhero costumes. I really liked the Captain Marvel one:


#21 Edited by RustyRoy (11119 posts) - - Show Bio

This is one of my most favorite costumes. I like female superheroes with Pink, Purple and yellow costumes (with a little bit Black/Blue in them)

#22 Edited by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually like the color pink. Despite its associations with femininity, I think it can work for male superheroes. One good instance I can think of is Gary Frank's redesign for Cosmic Boy from Action Comics. I think dark pink especially works well against black.

Still, until the preconception that pink is a 'girly' color is abolished, I'm afraid we won't be seeing much of it in comicdom.

#23 Edited by Pyrogram (35143 posts) - - Show Bio

@jedixman said:
Pink shirt AND pink energy powers

That's purple to me. but whatevs

#24 Edited by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

I know this maybe doesn't count, and probably is using pink as a girly colour, but technically she is a superhero who wears pink:

From what I remember, they were pretty strong and capable, so maybe she is a good example of a superhero who wears pink.

#25 Posted by Joygirl (18763 posts) - - Show Bio

SheZow!

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#26 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

The High Evolutionary. Not sure why I didn't think of him before:

Pink and metal(silver, chrome?) seems to go pretty well together.

#27 Posted by DoomDoomDoom (4214 posts) - - Show Bio

Jubilee has that pink shirt a lot.

Armor's armor is depicted as pink sometimes.

I agree pink is probably underutilized as a costume color for males simply because of the feminine connotation with the color. I think it could be used sparingly as like accents though without a problem. I honestly cannot think of any male heroes that regularly wear pink.

#28 Edited by PowerHerc (81682 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess pink just isn't a very good color for superheroes.

#29 Edited by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess pink just isn't a very good color for superheroes.

How do you mean?

#30 Posted by MrMiracle77 (1659 posts) - - Show Bio

Most of the pink you see in 4-color comics is magenta. This is because pink is fairly hard to print consistently. Magenta is a standard printing color, found even in today's home inkjet and color laser printers.

The same issue happened with the Hulk: originally gray, he was switched to green when Marvel realized gray couldn't be printed consistently.

#31 Posted by PowerHerc (81682 posts) - - Show Bio

@powerherc said:

I guess pink just isn't a very good color for superheroes.

How do you mean?

I mean; If pink were a color creators and fans wanted superheroes to wear then there would be more characters wearing pink. It seems pink doesn't suit superheroes well.

#32 Posted by Xwraith (15593 posts) - - Show Bio

This was Psylocke's first X-Men costume:

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#34 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

@tektheninja: Has he ever had a pink suit, or is this just cosplay creativity?

@xwraith: That looks alright. I wonder if it could make a comeback.

@mrmiracle77: That's an interesting point. Whilst perhaps it's easier to print pink now, maybe the difficulty doing it back in the day prevented so many classic pink looks from happening.

@powerherc: Ah. I thought you meant there was some specific reason why it wouldn't work. I think it could suit certain characters O.K., but yeah, maybe some creators and fans aren't fans of the colour.

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@powerherc: Ah. I thought you meant there was some specific reason why it wouldn't work. I think it could suit certain characters O.K., but yeah, maybe some creators and fans aren't fans of the colour.

I also think it could suit certain characters.

#36 Posted by SonOfHellstorm (230 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd love for more pink, Cap is man enough for Pink

Gasp Blasphemy! He's Captain America! He can only wear red, white, and blue.

#37 Posted by SonOfHellstorm (230 posts) - - Show Bio

If the Man himself did it, I'd happily rock black and pink.

Was my favorite wrestler. I stopped watching, about the time he left the WWF (WWE). I was a teen in the 80s. So back then i had a couple of shirts, with a little pink in them. I wouldn't wear it now. I'm much older, and it's not the 80s anymore.

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#39 Posted by TheAcidSkull (17355 posts) - - Show Bio

atom eve is pink. but yeah, it's a rare color.

#40 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

Kang seems to have pink sometimes, though some other times it seems to be purple.

#41 Posted by Spideysense44 (3023 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it would be cool if they let the heroes wear pink for breast cancer month or print the pages in pink idk they should at least do something

#42 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it would be cool if they let the heroes wear pink for breast cancer month or print the pages in pink idk they should at least do something

When Marvel did the breast cancer variant covers last year, I thought it would have been cool if they'd recoloured the interior art to match the covers. They'd maybe have to raise the price to cover the cost of recolouring though.