Costumes (1996 Series)

Supergirl and Comet

Superheroes are known for wearing the same spandex uniform day in and day out, but there are days when the regular duds just won’t cut it!

Supergirl and Despero

The Supergirl uniform most firmly imprinted in the public imagination is the one developed for the Supergirl Movie, a streamlined amalgam of Supergirl’s Silver Age costumes. Supergirl worn this costume in the comics from her post-Crisis introduction in 1988 through to 2000, when Linda split from Matrix in Supergirl #50.

Supergirl under Gorilla Grodd's influence

Supergirl #04: When the town of Leesburg suffers from the paranoia induced by the Final Night crossover event that blacked out the sun, Gorilla Grodd succeeds in bringing out “the beast within” the frenzied townspeople, turning them into savage apes. Even the Girl of Steel is not immune to Grodd’s Heart of Darkness talisman. When the “bad girl” in her comes out, she suddenly starts dressing in tight leather pants and jacket, high heels, teased hair and dark lipstick. And of course, fangs.

scan from Supergirl #19

Supergirl #19: Deciding that she should expand her image from just the local superhero who appears only around disasters, Supergirl spends a leisurely winter’s afternoon “mingling” with the townsfolk. Her sleek blue and white skating duds are an inspired take on Superman Blue.

scan from Supergirl #39

Supergirl #39: After quitting his newspaper job, Supergirl’s friend/aspiring sidekick Cutter Sharp set himself up as her publicist and head of “Supergirl Enterprises”. Here she gamely models an outfit from a proposed line of Supergirl clothing. She ditches it as soon as she’s out of sight. =)

Linda wearing Supergirl tunic

Another product of Supergirl Enterprises, this casual tunic appears only on the cover of Supergirl #42.

Supergirl running in her new white t-shirt costume

Supergirl creates a new costume for herself in Supergirl #51 after she finds herself separated from Matrix and unable to physically transform into Supergirl. This costume is based on Supergirl’s look in the Superman: The Animated Series.

Linda pulling on a white Supergirl t-shirt in a costume storeSupergirl tying her laces on her red bootsPulling on a blonde wig

Linda quickly constructs a Supergirl costume from a superhero themed costume shop, with a blonde wig, white t-shirt, blue skirt, and chunky red boots. Because she physically looks like Linda, it takes some trying to convince people that she really is Supergirl.

Supergirl in a cropped white t-shirt and blue mini-skirt

In Supergirl #62 Linda travels to Gotham to look for Buzz. She could go to Batman for help, but prefers to do it herself. Her cover: Smallville cheerleader from hell!

When Two-Face attempts to clone Supergirl in Supergirl #62, he winds up with a Bizarro Supergirl. Her outfit is a negative colour version of Linda’s and her hair looks like she licked an electrical wire. Maybe she did. She speaks classic reverse-Bizarro and is insane.

An older looking Supergirl in a long white top and blue skirt

Supergirl #80: In the final two issues of the series, Linda takes the place of the original Supergirl in an alternate timeline. Here we see Linda wearing a mature version of her uniform, eight years later. The sleeves are longer and the white top is now connected to the skirt. It’s a really good uniform for her (if drawn unnecessarily short here by Ed Benes). If the series had continued and Linda had become Superwoman as Peter David intended, this would have made a great new costume.