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IN Creative ON 09 Apr, 2016
This question that has been bugging all of us for decades now, why to wear the undies outside the costume? We've grown up reading comics and watching movies, but one question is there that has never been answered before. Why the underwear was originally given on the outside of the costume.
Was it some character developing preference taken by the original comic book writers? Or something beyond our understanding? Well, the secret is finally revealed. Take a look.
Mainly, why does our very own Superman wear his red underwear outside costume?
In the 1930s, the comic book industry was rising. At that time, the color printing and technology on comic books wasn't very good and comic books were not taken as a serious form of art.
Due to their extremely low costs and a very less number of fan following, comic books were mainly black and white.
If more colors were to be included, the printing would turn out to be expensive. That couldn't be possible because it wasn't worth it.
In a situation like this, where graphics and colors weren't really allowed, something had to be done to make the character stand out in front of the readers. Hence, the 'underwear on the outside' trick was invented.
The Red color was used to highlight the groin and buttocks region and readers just mistook it as an underwear.
The highlights made the character stand out in a 4 color world and hence, Superman became the hero of our hearts.
The groin and buttocks area of all the superheroes were given highlights of the colors.
It seems like he's wearing a black underwear outside his costume, but it was only highlights.
So call it, awkward costumer design or whatever. At least, it has made the character stay in our minds for years.