He first appeared in The X-Men #1 (1963) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wearing the team standard. Over the next few decades, Cyclops's costume changed several times, but it maintained several key elements.
He wore the same hooded mask/visor combo, mostly just changing the color of his bodysuit, gloves and boots. First appearing in X-Men #1 (1991) by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, this costume is pure '90s craziness.
The bright yellow and blue color scheme perfectly compliments the random buckles and “X” symbols. Costume designs like this are part of what made X-Men one of the most successful franchises of all time.
Excessive pouches, head socks and giant shoulder pads are all common. The costume was sinister looking, which might have worked for Scott's current story arc at the time.
He first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #180 (1974) by Len Wan and Herb Tripe, although Marvel hadn't quite nailed his look yet. While he was wearing what would come to be known as the tiger stripe suit, the mask was way off.
It wasn't until Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975) by Len Wan and Dave Cock rum that his most popular look debuted. The costume itself stayed the same (yellow with black stripes, pointy boots and blue shoulder blades and gloves), the mask was thankfully redesigned.
The painted on whiskers were erased and replaced with the large fins that have come to define Logan's look. While he typically returns to the “tiger stripe” (or at least, something very similar), he's tried some drastically different looks.
While most are pretty simple (leather jacket, eye patch), the most infamous alternate costume would have to be his “Fang” look. While battling the Shi'Ar Imperial Guard in Uncanny X-Men #107 (1977) by Chris Claremont and Dave Cock rum, Wolverine's costume is torn to shreds.
He quickly went back to his regular clothes, and everyone tried to forget about the time that Logan stole an alien's pants. Gambit is one of those characters that wears an outfit that just doesn't exist in the real world.
For example, Remy's X-Factor outfit looked like it was trying too hard to be a modern update on the classic design. Gambit joined the team in All New X-Factor #1 (2014) by Peter David and Carmine Di Giandomenico, along with Polaris and Quicksilver (Danger, Warlock and Cypher filled out the ranks).
Harrison Snow, CEO of Serial Industries, purchased the team's name and was technically their boss. Instead of a headpiece or bandana, Remy donned fancy sunglasses (that appear to be glued to his face).
In X-Force (2008) by Craig Kyle and Christopher Most, Cyclops launched a black ops team of mutants. Wolverine secretly continued the team's work in Uncanny X-Force (2010) by Rick Reminder and Jerome Open.
This team kept the color scheme, and added Deadpool, Pollock and Fandom to the roster. This simple, yet effective alteration might be one of the most popular alternate costumes for each member of the team.
Grant Morrison began a memorable run on New X-Men starting with issue #114 (2001), with art by Frank Quietly. This was part of a revamping of the X-Men line, and the run introduced several prominent features in current X-comics, most notably the secondary mutations.
She would begin an affair with Cyclops, which eventually became a full-fledged relationship after Jean Grey was killed. The X-Men have worn matching costumes before, but these don't have the same charm as the blue and gold designs.
Due to the nature of her powers, Rogue's costumes often represent her trying to cover up. She can absorb someone's life essence simply by touching them, so something simple like having bare hands is incredibly dangerous.
It's just that, when it comes to her official superhero uniform, Rogue wears a lot of layers. While this has resulted in a lot of hoods and capes, her most popular outfit is definitely the one she wore in X-Men #1 (1991) by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee.
While this list has shown a lot of love for '90s designs, not everything from that time period worked. For Havoc, this meant that he ditched his traditional threads and started wearing something more modern.
Alex Summers first appeared in X-Men #54 (1969) by Arnold Drake and Don Heck. Initially, Alex had very little control over his powers and had to wear a special costume to harness the energy.
This is another one of those costumes that would look completely silly in real life, but is perfect on the printed page. As one of the youngest X-Men, she wore what artists thought teenagers of the time would wear.
Her most recognizable look includes a giant yellow coat and pink sunglasses. Aside from the fact that the costume loses all of Jubilee's personality, it included the worst facemask possible.
The gauntlets and giant “armor” boots made this look nothing like the mall-rat fans came to tolerate. Her Marvel Girl look, with the pointed mask, was the worst of the first class team.
In terms of being a Jim Lee design, it actually is pretty conservative with its use of pouches. She joined the team while still a young teenager, and initially wore a generic X-Men blue and gold bodysuit.
She wore a facemask, but it was useless because it had giant eye and mouth holes, so it basically did nothing to conceal her identity. Hailing from Japan, Shirt Yeshiva was born to a mother who was near Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped.
This shaped Shirt's view of the world, giving him a pretty solid reason not to love the United States. Sean Cassidy is a fan favorite, and he has a simple, yet awesome, costume.
Under the control of a criminal organization, Cassidy initially fought the X-Men as an enemy. They eventually freed him, and he later repaid them by joining the team in Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975) by Len Wan and Dave Cock rum.
Banshee uses his sonic powers in combination with these wings to fly through the air. When people think of the '90s, and all the comic book tropes that came with the era, Cable is their prime example.
Cable is a great character, and his over the top design was always part of his charm. Cable eventually toned things down, however, and began wearing a uniform more in line with the X-Men's blue and yellow theme.
This costume showed that Cable could work as a character and not just as a walking armory. Also, it's clearly inspired by Cyclops' uniform at the time, and it's nice to see the Summers family doing some bonding.
In the first issue, released in 2013 by Brian Bends and Stuart Immune, Beast travels to the past and brings the original X-Men to the present. They end up unable to travel to their home time, so they set up shop in the present.
Typically, making drastic changes to a costume like this is a recipe for disaster. In Uncanny X-Men #173 (1983) by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith, she debuts a new look after her hair gets messed up in a fight.
She makes a drastic decision and shaves most of her hair off and wears the rest in a Mohawk. While her original costume was pretty awful, she was following the Captain Britain motif.
This is especially true in recent years, when it seems like every new X-Men comic book relaunch is accompanied by a brand-new set of costume designs for every character. While there a veritable ton of X-Men costumes to sort through over the years, these 15 are our quick picks for the very best of the best, of all time (some characters appear on the list more than once).
As noted, when the X-Men debuted, they each wore the same basic uniform, albeit with modifications to match each individual's powers. When the “New Mutants” launched in the early 1980s, they initially wore slightly updated versions of the uniforms, and they looked wonderful in them.
In recent years, Kitty Pride has mostly worn a modified version of the original X-Men uniform as her main one. The Angel's first few attempts at a solo costume were not particularly strong, but Neal Adams then gave him a pretty streamlined look that served him well for a number of years, even as he left the X-Men and joined the Champions and the Defenders.
Archangel broke free, but he kept the striking Simonson-designed costume, which really stood out for a number of years. When X-Factor merged back into the X-Men, all the other members of the team changed their look (well, besides Beast, who just wore a pair of blue swim trunks).
He eventually changed when he no longer had metal wings, going back to a modified version of the Neal Adams' costume. The issue was penciled by Don Heck, so presumably he was the one who designed the costumes (Heck also designed Hawkeye's classic purple-cowled costume), as the cover artist, George Tusks, noted that they gave him reference when he drew the cover.
While Heck missed on a few of the new costumes (Marvel Girl's mini-skirt is a weird look), he hit a home run with his Cyclops design. Jim Lee's 1991 re-design is iconic, but its asymmetrical chest pouches don't add enough for us to put it ahead of the original (and the later Alex Ross re-design was basically just a riff on this design).
Soon after being re-designed into her infamous punk design (a look that we really do like, just not enough to make the top 15), Storm lost her mutant powers. When Rogue debuted in the pages of “Avengers Annual” #10 (in a costume likely designed by Dave Cock rum), her look, especially the hood, stressed the fact that she was sort of cut off from the rest of the world due to her powers, which entailed absorbing the abilities and life force of other people (as well as their personalities and memories).
Over the years, while her personality grew more and more assured, she maintained a lot of the aspects of that original look, especially green as her “main” color. After a number of years in different outfits, Rogue returned to a version of her original costume when Chris Bachelor took over “Uncanny X-Men in the late 1990s.
Olivier Compel, on the 2013 X-Men series, took Bachelor's inspired update of her original costume plus the tunic design and merged it all together, complete with a hood, for probably the best version of the classic Rogue look. Locke had worn some of the most garish outfits of the mid-1980s before she was sent through the Siege Perilous and ended up in the body of an Asian ninja in the early 1990s.
When Havoc was added to X-Men in the early 1970s, Neal Adams gave him one of the most distinct superhero costumes of all time. He wore a helmet with three interconnected metal rings, giving off a cosmic vibe to match his cosmic-esque energy powers.
The look certainly did fit the character well, and this was the outfit that Wolverine was wearing when he exploded in popularity during the 1980s (including the famous “Wolverine” miniseries by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Joe Rubinstein) and the one he was wearing when he got his first action figure from Tobit. As we noted before, as Rogue continued with the X-Men, she moved on from being a former criminal that the team begrudgingly kept on because Professor X insisted that they help her work on her powers (it wasn't like she had a big change of heart to stop being a super villain, she just couldn't deal with her abilities anymore) to being a stalwart member of the team.
With that in mind, then, Jim Lee's costume design for Rogue in X-Men #1 perfectly captured her personality by this point, finally freed from sharing a body with Ms. Marvel (whose personality Rogue has permanently absorbed) and letting herself cut loose and just have fun. However, after being gone for a few months, Chris Claremont and Dave Cock rum brought her back in a storyline that ended in X-Men #100 with Jean seemingly sacrificing herself to save her teammates by flying a spaceship through a cosmic storm back to Earth.
This spoke to the original view of the character that his creators Len Wan and Dave Cock rum had for the hero, that he would be the “star” of the X-Men.” Gil Kane accidentally gave Wolverine a winged mask on the sides when he drew the cover for “Giant-Size X-Men #1 and Dave Cock rum liked it so much that he went through the comic book and just re-drew Wolverine's helmet on each page to make it match Kane's mistake.
Oddly enough, it was then brought back one issue after Chris Claremont ended his famous run on X-Men, ” as well. Artists have done slightly different variations on it over the years, but for the most part, that original John Romina/Dave Cock rum/Gil Kane design has stood the test of time.
When we first met Kurt Wagner, he was being chased by a group of angry townspeople who thought that he was a demon. With the new X-Men Gold” series, Nightcrawler is wearing the same outfit he wore when he debuted, over 40 years ago.
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