In my semi-regular Fashion Disasters sequence, I spotlight the poor sartorial decisions of superheroes who simply can’t appear to get their act collectively. Superhero comics really are the present that retains giving for these of us who’re endlessly entertained by spandex wrought hideous, however now and again a hero comes alongside who flips the script. Who serves seems from their debut look onward. Who seems on the style’s bizarre headsocks and tiny gloves and extreme zippers and says: “Not right this moment. Not ever.” They’re the few, the proud, the Vogue Heroes. At this time: Garfield Logan, Beast Boy (and generally Changeling)!
Beast Boy could look like a little bit of a left subject alternative, since he’s a vibrant inexperienced teenager and in addition kind of a goofy dork — not precisely the sort of character you’d depend on for constant stylishness. However I’ve been backreading a variety of Teen Titans over the previous 12 months, and I spotted that my boy Gar has been quietly killing it just about from the soar, and I believe that deserves some acknowledgement. So let’s acknowledge!
Gar debuted as Beast Boy in Doom Patrol #99 (November 1965). Initially he didn’t even have a dressing up, only a fuschia jacket and a nasty angle. However have a look at that pompadour! Have a look at these Cuban heels! He’s Nineteen Sixties civilian stylish and I like it.
(What I don’t love: initially, as an alternative of turning into inexperienced animals, he became common coloured animals with a horrifying inexperienced human face.
Fortunately, this was shortly modified to the all-green all-shapeshifting boy we all know and love right this moment.)
Upon formally becoming a member of the Doom Patrol, Gar acquired an identical costume, measurement Adorably Tiny.
We do see one among his few missteps right here, although. See, Gar was nonetheless making an attempt to have a secret identification at this level, however since he’s, you realize, inexperienced, he needed to disguise his complete face whereas in costume. As a substitute of a full masks a la Spider-Man, he went with a horrifying faux purple head, with a second, yellow masks on prime of it. With pointy ears. For some motive. In his protection, nonetheless, he was like 10 years previous and had additionally been orphaned a minimum of twice by this level. We’ll give him a go!
By the late ’70s, when Gar joined the primary incarnation of the Titans West, he was nonetheless carrying a masks however had toned it down significantly:
It nonetheless seems silly, sure, however not nightmare gas. Progress! It’s additionally fully pointless, as a result of at this level Gar was starring on the tv present Area Trek: 2020 (sure) and, like, there’s solely so many well-known inexperienced animal shapeshifters on the planet, even within the DCU. But it surely’s tremendous.
Fortunately, only some quick years later, Gar joined the New Teen Titans, and like everybody on that crew, acquired an attractive angsty teen makeover (and a brand new codename)!
That is nonetheless very clearly impressed by the bones of his Doom Patrol costume, however considerably improved upon. The colour blocking is extra fascinating with out being overly busy, and the random purple components are gone. I’m additionally eternally impressed that Gar managed to take a look that’s all pink, white, and inexperienced and by no means wound up trying Christmassy.
Gar adhered faithfully to this search for almost 1 / 4 of a century, although he did get a bit, um, experimental when it got here to his civilian apparel:
I’ll simply. I’ll simply go away that right here.
Gar lastly switched it up with a brand new costume in 2003’s Teen Titans, which was additionally the primary (however not almost the final) time he randomly dropped just a few years in age in a single day:
He’s clearly taking a web page from the e book of his fellow green-skinned hero She-Hulk (a Vogue Hero herself) and switching to purple as his dominant costume colour, and it really works! The secondary colours play effectively collectively, and the white and total form of the colour blocking set up continuity together with his basic look, whereas the quick sleeves add just a little additional boyishness. The seen piping may be very a lot of its time however not as overwhelming as on some costumes of the period. A stable replace!
Gar briefly experimented with a black and purple look clearly impressed by the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon through the One 12 months Later arc, however this didn’t final. It’s not unhealthy (and the animated look is nice), however so many heroes have black costumes — Gar is often a refreshing pop of colour, and I’m glad he returned to that shortly.
Within the late 2000s, Gar took a flip for the extra animalistic, with instantly pointy ears, shaggy physique hair, claws, and a cute li’l fang additionally clearly impressed by his animated design. I don’t…love the feral look, however I’m not counting it towards him as a result of we’re speaking about vogue and he can’t management the pointiness of his ears. (Can he? He is a shapeshifter…)
His costume modified with this, switching to extra of a horizontal chevron-patterned colour blocking as an alternative of his normal vertical panels, and, extra notably, slicing off simply above the knee, presumably as a result of…his toes have claws now and he can’t put on footwear? Unclear.
However I truly sort of love the shorts? The general look strongly resembles a wetsuit and offers him a youthful, surfer-ish aesthetic that’s extraordinarily becoming for his carefree persona. It’s enjoyable!
Gar kind of rotated by means of slight variations on this look — shorts and naked toes vs. lengthy pants and boots, chevrons vs. vertical paneling — till the New 52 reboot, in all probability as a result of artists weren’t speaking to at least one one other.
After which…hoo boy.
Look. The New 52 was form to nobody, so inside that context, this isn’t truly that unhealthy? In line with the previous “it’s not his fault if his ears are pointy” rule, I’m going to argue that it’s additionally not his fault if he’s pink now for some silly motive. So actually the one issues to think about listed below are 1. the shorts themselves, that are a superbly tremendous pair of shorts, and a pair of. the choice to put on nothing however shorts within the subject, which is perhaps much less tremendous. I imply, you do you, Gar, however you could be making some folks uncomfortable. Additionally, I don’t know why his legs have glowy issues on them. However it is a uncommon dip in sartorial consistency from our furry good friend, so I’m not going to be too harsh on him. (About his costume. His life decisions are honest sport.)
Moreover, he was inexperienced once more and again with the Teen Titans quickly sufficient:
On the one hand, going all black and white renders this costume just a little bland in comparison with his normal pops of pink or purple. Then again, he’s the one individual on this cowl not carrying an entire eyesore, which I believe proves my level. As you had been, Gar.
Rebirth put him again within the pink and white, this time with the weapons totally out:
I’ve zero complaints about this costume, and in addition this cowl is a delight.
He briefly flirted with the purple and black once more through the No Justice occasion, largely as a result of he was on the purple crew:
As acknowledged above, I want the pink and white, and I’m not a fan of the bizarre glowy circles everybody’s carrying for some motive, however the cowl neck is cute. Extra importantly, this sequence is in regards to the Justice League teaming up with a few of their worst enemies to face a doubtlessly planet-destroying menace, and in some unspecified time in the future off-panel they apparently resolve that they’ll’t presumably defeat mentioned menace with out making particular color-coordinated crew costumes first, like they’re competing on Legends of the Hidden Temple or one thing, and that’s superb. Go Purple Parrots!
With that exception, Gar’s just about caught to the identical look all through Rebirth, besides his pants became, like, bizarre flared highwaters through the out-of-continuity Titans: Burning Rage sequence for some motive?
I really feel like he’s about to ask me to a clambake as quickly as Robin will get achieved punching him. (I’ll say sure, clearly.)
Most not too long ago, Gar has merged together with his longtime BFF/life associate Cyborg within the doable future/alternate universe/continuity headache that’s the Future State occasion to create “Cybeast”:
I’m sorry, I giggle each time. If this was a everlasting change I’d hate it, however as a two month train in nonsense I discover it extraordinarily entertaining.
Common continuity Gar will probably be returning in March in Teen Titans Academy as a mentor to the following technology of superheroes. We don’t know what his costume will appear to be but, however I believe it’s a protected wager that will probably be a) pink and white or perhaps purple and white and b) fashionable as hell. If solely all superheroes could possibly be so dependable!
Beforehand on this sequence: