If it's the clothes that make the man, then it's the costume that makes the superhero. But for as much as these brightly colored onesies reveal about their wearer, they may in fact reveal more about us as a society.
Over the decades, superhero costumes have reflected everything from shifting cultural norms, to a shifting political climate. This hour we speak with scholars, journalists, and a famous comic illustrator about the history and evolution of the superhero costume.
- Barbara Brownie - Lecturer in Visual Communication at the University of Hertfordshire and co-author of The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction
- Ella Morton - Senior Editor at Atlas Obscura and co author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
- Chris Isaac - Journalist and freelance writer for Screen Rant as well as Comic Book Resources
- John Romita Jr. - Veteran comic illustrator famous for Marvel and DC Comics; artwork available at The Artist's Choice
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show