The Role of Costume Color in Establishing a Fictional Superhero’s Identity

 

The Role of Costume Color in Establishing a Fictional Superhero’s Identity

The Case Study of Superman

 

NameTianyi Liang

Student Number: 124163970

Instructor: Dru Jeffries

Date of Submission: 10/7/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Role of Costume Color in Establishing a Fictional Superhero’s Identity

The Case Study of Superman

Introduction

Costume colors play an important role in establishing the identity of fictional super heroes presented in comics (Einstein, 1984, pp: 12). The type of colors used by comic artists conveys symbolic image in the mind of the reader in heroic narratives (Einstein, 1984, pp: 21). These colors were repeatedly associated with these heroes such that people conceptualized them as their logos and therefore giving them identity (Dooley & Heller, 2005, pp: 5). There were colors associated with certain features of heroes such that one could easily recognize them  from the colors of their costume as displayed in comics. This study seeks to investigate the role the costume color of a most known American hero superman helped in revealing his identity; the red color indicated superman’s supernatural powers, green indicated loss of power, the gold color represented an antidote, while white color represented destruction. Superman was a famous an American mythological hero who was associated with characters that were beyond those of human. Common fiction to superman was his ability to go against time (Moore & Swan, 2009, pp: 9). He was gifted with superhuman powers that he could even fly to other planets at speed higher than that of the light (Lowther, Siegel & Shuster, 1995, pp: 13). The costume that the artists used in the design of superman’s costume had icons in them. Costume for the superman included short red underpants, bold symbol of letter S with both primary red and blue colors eclipsed on a yellow  badge (Lowther, Siegel & Shuster, 1995, pp: 18).  In addition, the superman had red truck boots and blue costume tightly covering him (Teitelbaum & Farley, 2010, pp: 15). Superman’s costume, and in particular, its coloring gives him his identity because it attains total abstraction hence the artistic stature of superman’s case.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lowther, G., Siegel, J., & Shuster, J. (1995). Superman (1st ed.). Bedford, Mass.: Applewood Books.

McCloud, S. (1994). Understanding comics (1st ed.). New York: HarperPerennial.

Moore, A., & Swan, C. (2009). Superman (1st ed.). New York: DC Comics.

Smith, F. (1982). I can draw comics and cartoons (1st ed.). New York: Little Simon.

Teitelbaum, M., & Farley, R. (2010). Superman (1st ed.). New York: Harper.

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