Superheroes designed by little girls


88 Responses to “Superheroes designed by little girls”

  1. pbasch says:

    Well, this is sweet and everything, and no doubt true, but if the implication is that the superheroes shown in the illustration are original creations of these little girls, that’s not the case. This is (obviously) Power Girl and Huntress, major DC characters.
    Maybe I just didn’t understand the piece.

    • Leah Raeder says:

      Did you read the text from that entry?

      “One of the main reasons I like these girls’ costumes is because of how simple they are. Often times when artists want to re-design female superheroes to be less sex-objecty they end up changing a bunch of unnecessary stuff. It doesn’t have to be like that, just get rid of Power Girl’s tit window and give Huntress a full leotard. It’s easy!”

    • Taking the time to actually look at the link- rather than writing this comment- would have informed you of the purpose and general vibe of the project.

  2. MollyMaguire says:

    I think Alex’s Law falls apart in our house. Our kids wear underpants as helmets or masks and long sleeved shirts as leggings. Super cute but not what I would call super heroic.

  3. Sirkowski says:

    While this is nice, the description is bullshit. It’s all adult interpretations and projections.

    •  My kids are Power Girl and Huntress in this and they chose to be these characters. We helped them create the costumes (because honestly, what can you do at 5 and 8 years old…you have to have help from adults.) But these costumes were their idea. They are fully aware of the characters.

  4. pbasch says:

    I see. So the kids didn’t “make” the superhero, they redesigned existing superheroes so as to be less appealing to teenage boys, and more appealing to little girls!
    Fair enough! Go for it! But FYI, Power Girl has a variety of costumes, many without the oval “opera window”.

  5. Capital_7 says:

    You know, the “tit window” was common in women’s clothing designs of the era in which Wally Wood created that character.  Sure, it’s a busty woman with cleavage showing, but it’s been blown out of proportion by A.) juvenile artists who seem to focus solely on her breasts, and B.) reactionary fangirls with more time on their hands than OJ Simpson.

    • wysinwyg says:

       Here’s a page from Power Girl’s comix debut.  Readers can judge whether the focus on her breasts is really a result of “juvenile artists” and “reactionary fangirls” or is in fact a fair criticism of Wood’s original character design:

    • nachoproblem says:

      Don’t undersell Wally Wood’s aptitude for drawing tits. Love it or hate it, he was famous for that.

      While I wouldn’t say that I hate it, wysinwyg is not mistaken.

      • Woody Smith says:

        In the immortal words of the great Tim Minchin:

        “fuck, I love boobs, though: 
        I just really love them.
        I don’t really mind
        if I am behind
        below or above them…..

        ….from the first little sip of colostrum
        to the grope of the nurse in the old peoples’ home
        we’re just fucking monkeys in shoes…..

        And I……will always love boobs!”

    • Leah Miller says:

      And men wearing short-shorts and shirts that opened up to their belly buttons was popular in the 70s… but is Hawkeye still wearing this outfit? No, he is not.

      • Capital_7 says:

         Well, that’s a ridiculous argument.  Do you realize that Wonder Woman’s tank suit is a 1940′s era swimsuit?   Or that many male characters wear what amount to women’s haute couture from the fifties and sixties, or grotesque parodies of the same?  Look at the outfits worn by Colossus, Darkseid, Dr. Strange, Magnus Robot Fighter and others.  Do those look particularly masculine or flattering?  Look at Spiderman, whose outfit was allegedly inspired by the fetish culture blossoming in the early sixties.  For over seventy years Superman dressed like a circus strongman from the turn of the last century.  He looked ridiculous, but we all loved him. To argue that these reflect actual clothing is ridiculous.  They all look like fanboy garbage in the wrong hands.  . 

        • Leah Miller says:

          I don’t even know what your argument is, anymore. You seem to just seethe with directionless rage. 

          Your “point,” whenever you’ve wandered into the neighborhood of a point, seemed to be that Power Girl’s outfit was based on trends at the time. My point is that Hawkeye’s outfit was too… and that both of them could use a little editing from time to time.

          • Capital_7 says:

            Well, then we agree, after a fashion.

            The fact that you think I have a seething rage seems to undercut this discussion on your end. I’m not even slightly angry. You, on the other hand, with that comment alone, sound unhinged and irrational. Sorry, but you do. Your “read” on me is an example of why these kinds of discussions usually end in hard feelings. Take a nap.

          • blueelm says:

            No. Seriously… the one who sounds consistently unhinged and irrational is you. You keep saying similar things to other people, but honestly, you sound like you have a seething… something.

            I’m thinking the constant “over reacting” “irrational” “unhinged” thing may be projecting on your part. Because you clearly have a bone in the fight and a dog to pick :)

          • Capital_7 says:


          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            You, on the other hand, with that comment alone, sound unhinged and irrational.

            He who smelt it, dealt it. You’re shrieking like a howler monkey.

          • Capital_7 says:

            Sure. That’s what I’m doing. No wonder these kinds of conversations get so ugly. And saggy.

          • wysinwyg says:

            Why don’t you go screech about something worthwhile FFS.

            -you to me.  Sounds kind of angry. No wonder these conversations get so ugly.

  6. Isabel Draves says:

    It’s the moms who made these outfits, or just possibly the dads.  Not the girls.

  7. jerwin says:

    I’ve got a idea for a superheroine– her outfit is pinks and purples. And she wears a tutu.

  8. Kelly M says:

    Side-note, the kids in the pic are the spawn of  a fellow, who headed up an effort to get an initiative on the CA ballot to ban divorce.  You know, to be biblically and logically consistent, if, here in CA, we’re going to protect marriage.  I submitteratored it a couple times, but no dice.  We actually had a protest march on the capital that coincided w/ a Tea Party rally (this was ~2011) which led to a lot of serendipitous interactions. :)

  9. Kelly M says:

    Cory, a simple edit of “based on the hero costumes little girls have made for themselves.” to “based on the hero costumes little girls have had made for them.”  would be more accurate (although I’m sure some did the making themselves, but primarily it’s a parental effort.)  /shrug :)

    Glad to see the post, though. :)

    • JohnMarcotte says:

      I think that he reproduced the language that the Tumblr blog used.

      Regardless, it’s an exercise in semantics. Not worth arguing over. 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Where do you draw the line? Designing them? Sewing them? Weaving? Spinning? Growing the fiber?

  10. mountaindew says:

    Comic book artists should be given credit for their work. Attributing what they’ve done to small children is ridiculous.

    That’s worth arguing over.

    And if you can’t recognize superheroes like Power Girl or Huntress, don’t rant about comic book art.

    • nachoproblem says:

      Point missed entirely.

      They are credited with redesigning them, not inventing them. We all know who the superheroes are.

      • mountaindew says:

        “Superheroes Designed by Little Girls.”

        I don’t see any credit for them “redesigning” them. According to the headline, they “designed” them.

        “… superheroes based on the hero costumes little girls have made for themselves”

        These superheroes weren’t based on costumes designed by little girls. They’re superheroes designed by artists working for DC comics.

        I don’t see any mention of Power Girl or Huntress.

        Therefore, wrong.

        The photos are cute, but credit where credit is due.

        • nachoproblem says:

          You don’t get any credit for pointing out the obvious, because nobody else has actually failed to grasp it.

  11. cjporkchop says:

    Hulk Ballerina is priceless.

  12. Carver says:

    They all look like they’re wearing store-bought costumes with a couple tutus added. 

  13. bronk says:

    Is there some reason the artist feels the need to sexualize little girls in his art?  All but one of these pictures has ended up as an adult female superhero… one without a shirt on.

    • JohnMarcotte says:

      1. The artist is a woman.

      2. I don’t think those drawing are sexualized in the slightest. She drew the heroes as teens/adults to demonstrate that female costumes do not have to be overtly sexy.

      3. “One without a shirt on”? You do realize that is a silly drawing of a male Hulk dressed up as a little girl ballerina, right? 

      I think your sense of outrage is outweighing your common sense on this one.

      • bronk says:

        Just a simple observation.  1: So?  2: Maybe.  3: No.  That is the little girl, taller, muscled, green, with giant green breasts… but the same face and hair.

        • JohnMarcotte says:

          Did you see the costume it is based on? It’s a little girl in a tutu wearing the  _male_ Hulk chest piece — complete with fake muscles — that you can buy in the store as a costume. 

          I do not see female breasts — at all. And I dispute that turning a woman into a ‘roided-out, bright green Schwarzenegger clone with no chest is somehow “sexualizing” her.

          Although I suppose it takes all kinds.

          • blueelm says:

            No no…. it is much healthier to tell the little girl that wearing the costume of a big hulk man makes her dirty for showing her breasts :/

            Because she’s a girl… and that means her breasts are inherently sexual no matter what. Mmmm…. never to early to start traumatizing girls with sexism!

          • MagicLamppost says:

            Topless tutu Hulk is
            clearly female.   She doesn’t have huge cartoon character boobs, but that
            doesn’t mean she has a male chest. 

            Funny story: As a very
            little girl– I must have been in kindergarden at the time– outside on a hot summer day at camp, I figured it was okay for me
            to remove my shirt since other people were doing it.  I was a kid, I
            didn’t have boobs, so what was the problem?   I was told that I had to put
            my shirt back on because I’m female.  I tried to argue about it, that my chest was a flat as the boys’ but the
            camp counselors were having none of it….

            Furthermore, recall the classic tale from the Vinland Saga of  Fredis Leifsdottir standing her ground against a group of attacking native Americans.  Too pregnant to run,she  faced them screaming a battle cry and slapping a sword across her bare breasts in challenge.  Her attackers were intimidated and left her alone.

            Why should a female Hulk necessarily wear a shirt, I ask you?

          • JohnMarcotte says:

            Honestly? I don’t care much either way. I just thought it was funny that this was used as an example of “sexualizing” the kids.

            Male or female, that is not a “sexualized” Hulk.

        • nachoproblem says:

          The politically correct term is “moobs.”

    • Wooow, so you’re implying that drawing a drawing of an adult woman is immediately, undeniably, a sexually charged image?  You need to seriously step back and rethink the way you’re looking at the world and a good 50% of its inhabitants, jeez.

    • Gulliver says:

       Your sexism is showing.

  14. pjcamp says:

    The drawing in the tightie whities has quite a package.

  15. The drawings are awesome! Love it!

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