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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Hair Color for Super Heroes

This is an awfully silly topic, but I just can't get it out of my head. I can only assume that the hair colors of blonde and black were immensely popular in comic books because they were relatively easy to do with the old-fashioned four-color process. Nowadays with all the computers and such, it isn't such a big deal.

But there are an awful LOT of people out there with blonde (blond) hair. AND blue eyes. And this is just DC, I haven't even included Marvel, which has Capt. America, Hawkeye, Hank Pym, Thor, Angel and Speedball.

Alan Scott/Green Lantern, Barry Allen/Flash, Aquaman, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Booster Gold, Animal Man, Liberty Belle, Supergirl, Wondergirl, and John Constantine, and probably a whole crapload more.

Then there are the ones with black hair AND blue eyes:

Superman, Batman, Nightwing, ALL the Robins, Wonder Woman, Wildcat, Captain Marvel, Garth, Zatanna, Donna Troy, Huntress and Hippolyta and probably a whole crapload more.

There are a couple of redheads, but they seem to automatically have green eyes for some reason.

Wally West/Flash, Roy Harper/Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow, and Starfire. I'm not sure if Barbara Gordon/Oracle has green eyes or blue.

Ted Kord had DARK red hair and blue eyes, which was delicious.

Guy Gardner has red hair and BLUE eyes, not green, which is also delicious.

The Green Lanterns are a bit on the odd side. You have Hal Jordan, with BROWN hair and BROWN eyes, which is quite an unnusual combination, if only in comicbookdom. Kyle has black hair and HAZEL eyes, which is also different. John Stewart has black hair and brown eyes which is lovely.

Jaime Reyes has black hair and brown eyes, and I think that Jesse Custer did as well. Hawkman started out with black hair, but it has now turned brown I think. Kendra has brown hair and brown eyes, which is as unnusual for a woman as for a man...but only in comicbookdom.

It would just be nice to have a little more variety I suppose. How about auburn, or mousy brown? Dirty blonde? Vixen has unnusual hair color, which is nice. Maxine Hunkel has red hair and freckles, which delights me to no end.

How about a blond with BROWN eyes? I can't think of anyone.

Guess, I'll just go and get my comics.


At 6:02 PM, Blogger Volcano Todd said...

That WAS quite the silly topic. But I've found myself wondering about the same quite a bit in the past.

However... I think you've got me beat.

At 6:42 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Sometimes my brain just goes to very very strange places.

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Guy usually depicted with green eyes? I know a lot of the online biographies I've come across say blue, but in all his recent appearances they've been green (correct me if I'm wrong please).

And the reason why red hair and green eyes are depicted together so often is because that's the way it usually bears out in reality. The genes for red hair and green eyes are linked. Most of the natural redheads I've known have had green eyes, expect for one or two with brown, and a few with blue (but with a turquoise tint).

Also, green goes with orange on an aesthetic level, I think. Red and green are complimentary colours.


At 10:47 AM, Blogger Billy said...

I hate to say it, but I can think of barely any blond-haired blue-eyed characters who don't hide their blond hair. You've got Thor, Sentry, then some lesser Marvel guys like Angel and lesser DCs like Booster Gold but that's about it compared to all the brunettes and red-heads of the Marvel and DC Universe.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Q_Force1 said...

Hi Sally,

First of all thanks for posting this. It's an interesting subject and not often tapped into. It's been on my mind on and off but lately I've been paying a lot of attention to it and you...are...definitely right. My favourite colour is green so green suits and eyes are a real treat for me. Red hair is merely a bonus (but it sure is a nice bonus!). Unfortunately there arent many that I can think of (wich means I grow even more fond of them. Jean Grey/Phoenix (Marvel)and Caitlin Fairchild (Wildstorm) are the only ones I can come up with at the moment. Rogue (Marvel)is one that escapes the red hair/green eyes thing and that makes her absolutely hot ! Shes has brown hair with a streak of white and green eyes. Another thing is they all wear green as their traditional suit-colour. The Hulk doesn't need a green suit, he's green by nature, all but his hair and pants:) (not to mention, his female counterpart who even has green hair!). Bruce Banner has brown hair and eyes in the comics.

I guess I'm more the marvel type (and pretty much always have been). Just been starting reading Power Girl and Super Girl (both DC)and guess what, they are both blond and have blue eyes...sigh. But I agree with you that we definitely need more heroes who aren't in the blond/blue and red/green (although red and green isn't that common like blond and blue). Psylocke (Marvel) is for instance black hair and according to Comic Vine purple eyes wich is very nice ! But she's one of those rare cases I guess. Red as colour for eyes however, is reserved for characters that are either possessed/evil (Clark Kent in Smallville when donning red kryptonite jewelry, his eyes become red for a moment) or are machines (think of terminator with it's original led eyes).

But your point is that the colour of hair needs to be matched with different colour of eyes that's less established (wich I wholeheartedly can agree on).

Cheerio ! :D

At 3:02 PM, Anonymous viagra online said...

well this is little weird regardless the nice color selection and others elements, maybe is because a hero no matter they hair color is a hero, well maybe for fashion but not heroism.


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