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4 Superhero Costumes With Hidden Meanings You Never Knew

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Aside from their special abilities, a superhero's costume is an important part of their identity. While the colorful costumes were created to catch the reader's eye, there's more to them than meets the eye. There are a lot of tiny details, hidden symbols and meanings that many of us have probably never noticed.

Here are 4 superheroes whose looks have hidden meanings you never knew:

1. Hulk

Believe it or not, when The Incredible Hulk made his first comic book appearance, he was not green. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were inspired by Frankenstein's monster, so they gave him gray skin and purple shorts. However, since technology wasn't as advanced in the 60s, keeping up with the gray color scheme proved difficult, so colorist Stan Goldberg opted to change Hulk's skin to green.

But there was another lesser known reason why Goldberg chose green for the giant superhero. The bright and unusual shade was the colorist's way of telling readers that Hulk was a dangerous character that should be seen more as a threat than a hero.  

2. Superman

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It's really hard to miss the bright red trunks that form a part of Superman's costume. Despite all the jokes about him wearing his underwear on the outside, there is a very logical reason why Clark Kent wears it that way.

Being the first superhero meant that creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had no other characters to draw inspiration from. Instead, they turned to the circus when designing the Man of Steel's look. At the time, circus performers, including strongmen and acrobats, wore trunks over their bodysuits to keep their junk in place and hide any tears as they leap and fly through the air. This is exactly why Superman also wears his underwear on the outside.

There are even more superheroes with hidden meanings behind their costumes...

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