08.20.2008

Comic Book T-shirt Gallery – The DC Shirts

On Monday I featured quite a few comic book related t-shirts from my closet.  Today I’m finishing up the tour of my wardrobe by showing off my DC comics shirts.  Please feel free to share any of your favorite t-shirts you own either by commenting or via e-mail!

Superman Ringer Shirt

A great Superman t-shirt given to me by my family a couple years ago.  I really like that the “S” symbol is large.  I strongly believe the “S” on a Superman shirt should stretch across the entire chest horizontally.  Additionally, I like the “ringer” look of this shirt.  A “ringer” t-shirt typically features the jersey shirt fabric in one color, but the ribbing used for the collar and the sleeve bands are of a contrasting color.  I wear this one a lot.

Superman Classic Shirt

A fun classic Superman style shirt I picked up in the 1990’s. I love the squinty 1940’s Superman!  The primary image above is the back of the shirt with the insert being the front left hand side.

This Looks Like a Job for Superman

A present from my friend Ed back in the 1990’s.  This shirt came in a cool telephone booth shaped box.

Superman pre-stressed shirt

Another gift from the family.  Obviously this one was pre-stressed.

Daily Planet Staff shirt

This was a clever idea for a shirt.  The primary image above is the back of the shirt, with the insert being the front left hand side.  I liked the idea of having a Daily Planet staff shirt.  The fading on the word “Staff” happened after one wash.  I was kind of bummed, but it sort of makes it look cooler.

Death T-shirt

Okay, what comic book reader in the 1990’s didn’t have a crush on Death?  I’m not talking Thanos-style, but the Death character from the Sandman comic.  She was absolutely adorable.  This 1993 shirt was the first Death shirt and was drawn by Chris Bachalo.  It’s still my favorite Death shirt.  The fading/stress on this shirt is genuine; I wore it a lot.

Death T-shirt

Here is another Death shirt.  I believe this one was done by Chris Bachalo also.

Death T-shirt

A great Death shirt from 1995 featuring a line from her first appearance.  You can clearly see the Bjork influence on the artwork at the time.

Flash Barry Allen t-shirt

I got this Barry Allen Flash t-shirt from Target just a few months ago.  This was a pre-stressed item that looked so classic I had to get it.  Interestingly enough, if Target had waited just a few more months this wouldn’t have been “classic”, it would have been “current”.

Flash Jay Garrick Shirt

I got this shirt in the 1990’s specifically because I thought it was awesome they made a Jay Garrick Flash t-shirt.  Additionally, this is the only comic book t-shirt I own that’s long sleeve.

Firestorm shirt

A very thoughtful present from my friend Ed.  DC has never produced a t-shirt that just focuses on Firestorm, so Ed made me one!  The image is taken from a cover during Firestorm’s elemental period.  You can see the fading on this shirt is pretty severe.  I wore the heck out of it back in the mid-1990s.  Once it started fading, it became a frequent nightshirt.

Aquaman classic style shirt

Another present from a friend.  This one was a gift a couple years ago from my old college roommate, Serv.  You can see the image is a classic version of Aquaman; early 1970’s Super Friends era.  I really like the “ringer” look on this one along with the pre-faded image.

Aquaman 1970s style shirt

Another great classic Aquaman image; this time from the late-1970’s/early 1980’s.  The image has a little bit of pre-faded effect which suits it well.  This particular shirt was also given to me by Serv last year.  So do you think by giving me all these Aquaman shirts that Serv is trying to tell me he’s gay for me?

Aquaman WB Store shirt

A white pocket t-shirt from the WB store with an embroidered Aquaman swimming out of the pocket.  I got this in the mid-1990s.  Fun!

JLA WB Store Shirt

JLA WB Store Shirt

Not truly a T-SHIRT, but still a comic book related SHIRT.  This embroidered denim shirt came from the WB store in the mid-1990s and is all kinds of awesome.  The top image is obviously the front, with the bottom image being the back.  Interesting observation, Aquaman and Green Lantern look all buddy-buddy here.  However, did Green Lantern freak out when Aquaman was killed (like he did when Martian Manhunter was killed)?  Nope.  I’m not even sure Hal has realized that Arthur kicked the bucket.  Well… Hal will know for sure soon enough.  C’mon “Blackest Night”!

Batman origin shirt

This is a really fun take on superhero t-shirts.  This shirt presents the one-page origin of Batman from the earliest days of Detective Comics.  If I remember correctly, I got this shirt in a record shop in Atlanta in the mid-1990s.

Superman Silk Robe

Superman Silk Robe

This is another unusual item (and I know, not a t-shirt).  It’s a silk robe featuring the Superman “S” symbol.  If you look closely, you can see small versions of the symbol all over the fabric.  Then there is the obvious red “S” symbol on the front pocket and backside.  The robe is really pretty to look at, but somehow a silk robe just doesn’t scream manly to me.  Especially Super-manly.  Needless to say I haven’t worn it much.  But on my wife it looks hot!

Well there you go, a brief look into Shag’s closet.  Don’t forget, share your favorite comic book t-shirts if you’d like!

 

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7 Responses to “Comic Book T-shirt Gallery – The DC Shirts”

  1. rob! Says:

    wow, i’ve never seen that super-old Batman shirt. ultra retro.

    and why are aquaman’s legs miscolored on that one shirt??? arrrgghhh!

  2. Erika Says:

    I’m trying to picture a guy in a silk, Superman robe, cranking up the Barry White and moving in for the kill. The woman has fallen off the bed, laughing. But on a woman, I can see it being a different story. :-)

  3. Todd Elliott Says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize you had so much stuff. I’m constantly surprised by your collections.

  4. Stuart Renton Says:

    It’s great to see you finally came out of the closet, Shag.

    But it IS an impressive array of superhero merchandise you possess…

  5. Shag Says:

    Thanks for all the comments!

    Stuart – I’m actually surprised it took this long for an “out of the closet” comment. I suspected it would have been SGhoul or Todd to fire that one off on Monday. Well done, Stuart!

    Todd – You’d be shocked at the crap I’ve accumulated over the years. I’m shocked myself.

    Rob – Too funny! It bothers me every time I wear that shirt! It makes sense that you are the only other person in the world that would notice that besides me! :)

    Erika – LOL! I can totally see that situation happening!

  6. Stuart Renton Says:

    I apologise deeply for the ‘closet’ comment. In my defence, I did feel that homage to the British ‘Carry On’ humour must be paid on this column…

    Erika, I can just see someone wearing their silken Superman ‘gown’, and trying to pull the ladies in it. They get them back to their flat, slip into something more comfortable (mmm silky), put on the subtle tones of the Babylon 5 soundtrack…

    … and utterly and hopelessly and completely fail to score 100 times out of 100.

  7. Ang. Says:

    I have and still wear that Justice League denim shirt. It IS all kinds of awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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