I have to say I prefer the 90s Doctor Strange costume, or the one for the first Strange miniseries done in 2006, to the classic look. Let's face it, if you saw some guy wearing the classic 70's yoga-leotards getup, wouldn't you just laugh?
Maybe the trenchcoat-style could be updated to be more modern now, but it's too bad they didn't keep the new costume design going forward. Better yet, they could just have him in street clothes, like they did in the most recent 2009 mini. Part of Doctor Strange's decline in recent years, I think, is because his coolness factor needs to be updated. All the writers' and editors' whining about his power levels and their clear inability to handle magic in narrative is only part of the picture. The fact is, no one at Marvel seems to care enough about the character to even attempt to write him properly. And after so many years of editorial/creative abuse, it might take more than a cool new costume look to revive Stephen Strange. Unfortunately, it looks as though Marvel is just going to toss the character altogether or push him so far into the margins that they might as well kill him off.
And that's too bad, because sad and outdated costuming aside, Doctor Strange has been in the past—and has the potential to be again in the hands of a writer who cares—one of the Marvel U's most compelling characters.
Everyone in the 90s seemed to get that headgear that Colossal Boy had in the 70s.
Funny I considered citing these Dr Strange looks for one of the other hero fashion threads.
Dr Strange is one case where I have a hard time throwing out the old design wth the levitation cloak regardless of how I like the new. When it comes down to it, these are fantasy characters, superheroes and they have a different set of standards from the "man on the street".
I loved the purple Shi'ar costume worn by Polaris in the mid70s. It came back again in the early 80s -- when Dave Cockrum had a second stint on X-Men. There was also an emerald green variant that appeared in a couple issues of X-Men and Defenders.
It was used recently on the cover of a House of M mini-series -- even though the traditional old school costume was used inside.
While I didn't LOVE the top part of the design (beyond ridiculous actually), I really liked the snakeskin detail of Oliver Coipel's redesign of Viper from his stint on X-Men. Even though the traditional Green jumpsuit is iconic for Viper, I hoped another one of the snake ladies (BAD Girls inc perhaps?) would pick up the detailing in their own looks...
I have always thought the FF looked better with with the Dark Blue and White color scheme compared to the Black and light Blue scheme.