Whether it’s for a few years or a few panels, all comic book characters change costumes over the course of their publishing history. In Costume Consensus, we poll our readers about which costumes they’d prefer to buy when their favorite characters are finally turned into action figures. This week: Elongated Man!
How this column works is easy. We show you some pictures, provide a little background, and then ask you what you think. As always, If you have a suggestion for a character to be featured in this column, drop us a line at Submissions@ItsAllTrue.Net .
Ralpha Dibny became the Elongated Man after his metagene was activated by drinking the extracted juice of the rare gingo fruit (No, really).
1. Ralph first appeared in the pages of Flash shortly after Barry Allen was introduced. He and Barry became quick friends and shared plenty of adventures – including Ralph meeting the love of his life, Sue Dearborn. Shortly afterwards, Sue and Ralph were married and moved to the backup in Detective Comics. They’d stay there (and appear sporadically in JLoA) until the late 1960s.
2. During those years as a backup, Elongated Man changed to his more familiar red/black costume. It was in this costume that Ralph joined the Justice League of America. Ralph stuck around as a member of the team for nearly fifteen years.
3. Shortly before the JLA disbanded after Crisis, Sue redesigned Ralph’s costume to the half-purple, half-white costume that he’d wear well into the 90s as a member of Justice League Europe & Justice League International.
During that tenure on the JLI, Sue would again redesign Ralph’s costume. It was a variation of his original costume with a few minor changes including a dark purple collar and a big “E” emblazoned across his chest. Now, we opted to leave this one out of the poll, but feel free to vote for it as a write-in if you disagree with our omission.
In the late 90s, Elongated Man would return to his red/black costume and wear it up until Sue died in Identity Crisis. He typically appeared in 52 wearing normal clothes until his death in that series. Since that “final” appearance, he has appeared both as a ghost (wearing a regular suit) and a Black Lantern.