Super-Blog Team-Up - Top Ten Worst Heroic Haircuts

Welcome to Super-Blog Team-Up, in which a clutch of comic book bloggers tackle the same subject on the same day. As a follicaly challenged fella, I'm always fascinated by the things comic people lucky enough to have options do with their locks. Often, my response is simply, WHY?

The most distinctive thing about Quicksilver's appearance is his silver locks, with those cute little horns. Was this Stan and Jack's visual cue that he's a little devil? Given they survived his speeding at thousands of miles per hour while being attacked by the Avengers' rogues gallery, he must have a heck of a good hair gel. 

Clea, daughter of the Unspeakable Umar, niece of the Dread Dormammu of the Dark Dimension and bearer of the Curls Calamitous. It's as if she saw Quicksilver and decided to go one - or rather, ten - better. She's not far off the Full Gorgon, but instead of turning to stone, when Dr Strange looked into her eyes - as opposed to hair eyes - his heart melted. Aaaah. 

Ah Guy Gardner, prince of the pudding bowl. The ginger gigolo who wanted respect as a Green Lantern but was too thick to realise that adopting this look for his ginger hair made his sanity suspect. 'Beware my power, Moe Howard's haircut...'

For decades, Carol Danvers rocked the long hair. In the Seventies her fulsome Farrah made her the height on fashion. Recently, though, she's begun forming her blonde barnet into something akin to a Roman centurion's helmet brush when her new Captain Marvel uniform manifests. Or perhaps she really wants to canter as a pretty little pony? Presumably, space madness has struck, because she looks less like a femme formidable than Marvin the Martian. 

Jericho of the New Teen Titans, oh, you're so dreamy. Or so the scripts would tell us, over and over again. Joe Wilson, son of Deathstroke, was unlike his big, butch daddy, the assassin with the throwing knives, and guns, and shurikens. Nope, Joe's weapons of choice were his gentle way with a guitar, his facility with a paintbrush, his touch with a tango step. And then he goes and ruins it with a perm and mutton chops. 

Norman Osborn, it seems, had a mancrush on Hollywood star Joseph Cotton, slicking his curls down into a bit of a Dracula. Not only was it unbecoming - some real-life looks just don't transfer to the comics page - it damaged his son Harry, causing him to copy both it and his father's Green Goblin career. It's that bad.  

How the heck Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, won the affection of that nice Susan Storm when he looks like an inverted pyramid that someone's coloured in with a marker, I have no idea. Was it constant dips in the sea that left his hair so lifeless? Did he swim through oil slicks? Who knows, but given he's kept the look for nearly 80 years, it's safe to assume he's not going to change it now.  

Nuklon. Daft name, dafter hair. Even in 1983, when he debuted, mohawks were passé. We see JSA wannabe Albert Rothstein cut his hair off in Infinity Inc #1, clearly a nod to the fin on the helmet of his 'godfather - sort of', the Earth 2 Atom. And while it looks bright red, it's apparently ginger, if Al Pratt referring to him as a 'carrot-topped colossus' is anything to go by. It took the merging of Earths in the the Crisis for Al to see sense and grow his hair back. 

If Dr Strange crashed into a giant-sized bottle of pomade you might wind up with Extrano, resident magician on the New Guardians super team. Despite his sissy character, it took guts to be DC's first out superhero; and it took even more to sport that 'do? What was he thinking? So far as my comics reading tells me, we've not seen him for years - which means Geoff John's will dust him off any day now. Please God he keeps the hair, it's hilarious. 

And a late entry, the man formerly known as Commissioner Gordon. I'd never heard of a 'high and tight' before Jim showed off his new haircut in DC's Free Comic Book Day preview issue, Divergent, this week. It sounds like a sex toy, but apparently it's a US Marines thing, and now he's taken over as Robot-Batman or something, Jim is all about the manly - he's been working out and wants the haircut to go with his buffer bod. He looks ridiculous. 

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  1. Bad hair days, indeed! Gotta love that classic Norman Osborn 'do, though - truly screams 'creep!'

    1. And I think he dyes his scalp brown...

    2. Who's telling Guy Gardner his hair sucks? Not this guy! Awesome list Martin!! Very funny post! Glad to have you on the Super-Blog Team Up!

    3. And thank you for the invite!

  2. Disagree re Norman Osborn, agreed on all the others. Guy Gardner deserves the lowest spot in the hall of infamy.

    (Gardner is also a victim of the appalling comics cliche which dictates that a character who was drawn as handsome when he was a good guy in his first two appearances is suddenly drawn as a palooka with a busted face after doing a turn to the dark side. That equation of handsome features with good guy and ugly features with ugly personality is deeply offensive! The obscure LSH character Dev-Em got the reverse treatment in Adventure Comics #320, drawn as ugly when he's meant to be an obnoxious brat and abruptly being drawn as handsome on the next page when Superboy finds out he's reformed! He changes looks in the same story! Even Guy Gardner could only gape in disbelief...)

    1. You like Norman's hair? Fair enough...

      I'm not sure I get you as regards Guy being drawn ugly when he turned to the 'dark side' ? When was that? Are you talking about the slightly OTT expressions Joe Staton gave him?

    2. My point about Norman Osborne's hair is that it was an actual hairstyle of the period, and it's exactly right for the character. It isn't some exaggerated or eccentric choice.

      For Guy Gardner, you have to look at how Gil Kane drew him in GL #59 and how Neal Adams drew him in GL #87. He's got a distinctive face and seems an affable, friendly person. I've seen it suggested that Kane based the character design on actor Martin Milner, then famous from the show Route 66 and later known for costarring in Adam-12. Then compare original Guy to the above.

  3. Gordon in a robot Bat-Suit I could roll with. But only if he looked like Batman.

    What, exactly, was wrong with the moustache? Thomas Wayne had a moustache! They could have milked the Thomas Wayne proto-Batman homage and Bruce's resultant daddy issues for months!

    1. *only if he looked like GORDON.

      Freudian slip there.

    2. Don't worry, I shan't tell Daddy...

  4. Most of these are just awesome, but Jim Gordon, you crazy kook. Please grow your moustache back immediately.

    Also I cannot get behind all those weird female costumes that cover the face but leave the hair free. Especially in space! With a mohawk! Good grief.

    1. It's weird, innit? And Carol always had such great hair...

  5. Hey, don't dis Norman Osborn's locks, they're what got Gwen Stacy into bed.


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