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Poor Hal Jordan, his tiny friend is only solid-energy.
Denis Medri Gives Batman and Friends a Rockabilly Makeover [link]
Artist Denis Medri created a series of 1950s-inspired redesigns of characters from Gotham City, transforming Batman’s friends and foes into a stylish cast of rockabilly vigilantes, varsity team sidekicks, and sinister Teddy Boys. From Bruce Wayne’s Batmobile-styled hot rod to Catwoman’s Bettie Page-invoking getup, Gotham has never looked this darn peachy keen.
Pulling inspiration from the ’50s and pop culture, Medri’s rendition of Gotham City is an absolute delight that successfully fuses nostalgia with the Bat-Universe. Barbara Gordon’s redesign pulls directly from Grease, translating the dynamic between Barbara and her alter-ego as Batgirl by borrowing fashion cues from Sandy’s wardrobe. Likewise, Medri’s interpretation of Two-Face resembles a split personality between Happy Days’ Richie Cunningham and an evil Fonzie, while The Riddler greatly resembles 3-D from Back to the Future.
Although most of these redesigns contain a degree of costuming elements with the masks and cowls, Medri’s illustrations serve as fine examples of how to adapt the signature styling elements of the Bat-family and Arkham’s finest into casual yet unique cosplay options, if not wearable retro street fashion. The Nightwing varsity jacket serves as a great styling update to the classic superhero emblem t-shirt, with letterman jackets being on-trend over the past couple of years. The restyling of Harley Quinn and Two-Face are a fine example of the striking effects that simple color-blocking, layers, and pattern mixing can have when coordinating an ensemble.
Check out the entire series of Denis Medri’s rockabilly Batman redesigns on ComicsAlliance!
Alex & Juli are two of my favorite ladies in both the cosplay and fashion community; their passion for both fandoms and fashion simply shines through their impeccably-styled costumes and superheroic civvies, so it’s always a treat to see them. The first day of San Diego Comic Con was no exception - Alex transformed bloodymariathefirst’s Batman Pin Up redesign into a reality by modifying a grey bustier into a Bat-bustier (note: WANT), while Juli wore a Wonder Woman-inspired infinity dress (note: ALSO WANT), created by their friend Tory Depew.
The key to keeping a superhero-inspired outfit from looking too costume-y is to go light on the accessories, so that they complement the bold emblems and bright colorways. Although Alex is wearing long black gloves and thigh-high stockings, they’re both within a monotonous color scheme, which allows the yellow belt to be an appropriate accent that won’t overwhelm the entire outfit. Juli tops off her outfit with a pair of sensible red peep-toe heels and a set of gold wristbands from H&M (as seen here). Gorgeous work, ladies - be sure to look out for them at New York Comic Con this October :D
Note: Twin Bee will be working with Tory to create more superhero-inspired dresses for sale in the near future, so be sure to look out for those on Fashion Tips From Comic Strips!
Both ladies look amazing, but yes—-that dress.
everything about this is win.