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Welcome to the four hundred and fifty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and fifty-seven. This week, learn how the Supergirl movie gave us the Supergirl headband costume, without using it themselves! Did Return of the Jedi lead to Jack Kirby changing the ending of his Fourth World Saga? Plus, does Alan Moore use a strict word limit per panel since he began working on American comic books?
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COMIC LEGEND: DC changed Supergirl’s costume to match the Supergirl movie, which then didn’t use the new costume themselves.
One of the more “of its time” costumes of all-time is Supergirl’s costume from the 1980s (well, actually, you could probably say the same for Supergirl’s costumes of the 1970s, as well).
Here was its debut in mid-1983…
And then a few months later, in Supergirl #17, we see the debut of Supergirl’s headband…
Here it is on a cover a couple of months later…
Supergirl was killed off soon after, and that headband costume was what she was wearing on the famous cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, forever locking that cover into comics history…
However, the origin of the costume and the headband is even odder than the costume itself.
As you may or may not know, Supergirl had a film released in 1984.
The filming of the movie began in early 1983. They debuted a new costume for Supergirl that actress Helen Slater would wear. Here she is wearing it early on for test shoots for the film.
They then had DC Comics alter the costume in the comics to match their new look. The problem was, of course, that the movie then changed their mind and went with a more traditional Supergirl costume in the final film…
But it was too late, as DC had already debuted the new costume in the comics!
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