I think it it was just because people thought he WAS blue and red. And Loston was right, I remember a lot of people asking me why nobody realised Superman and Clark were the same guy because both had blue hair. I think that's why Busiek (SP?) made Samaritan blue haired, cause he's a nod to Superman's Golden Age.
It's not your fault, it's mine, because I forgot you are stupid.
I'd say the Ultimate version isn't just a small adjustment to the suit, but it works just as well in my opinion.
It's funny how small design changes can change my entire view on a character.
I always thought captain america was a lame looking character, and I still think the original version looks silly.
But the Ultimate version works for me for some reason, even though they didn't change the costume all that much.
You wanna talk 90's BS. Let's put blades on everything. Man, you couldn't walk to get coffee in this thing without stabbing your own eyes out. And it didn't even fit with his power.
Cool. It's kind of insane to give negative rep for that, though.
As for the resdesigning Superman and Spider-Man etc
Sure they're not functional. In fact capes are pretty much all useless for the most part. But they're way too embedded in modern culture to change and not look weird. I totally prefer pants over the tights to that update posted.
I think the best artists are the ones who can take the same costume, but make it look their own. Ditko, Romita, McFarlane, Ditko and Romita Jr all draw the same Spider-Man costume, but they've all got their own way of doing it.
Batman too is a great example. Tim Sale's Batman and Jim Lee are nothing alike, but they're both still Batman. A good artist can take those 1940s outfits and make them just as good for the 2000s.
Wow, I'm getting negative rep left and right for not liking Scarlet Spider.