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John Byrne
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Posted: 21 October 2019 at 10:07am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just now reading an online essay about the history of Batman in movies and TV. Coming to the Adam West version, the writer refers to him as “Spandex clad”.

Now, Spandex (an anagram of “expands”) was created in 1958 (I looked it up), so West could have worn it, if the costume department was so inclined. But he clearly didn’t. Spandex is instantly recognizable by the sheen on its surface. (See Christopher Reeve’s Superman.) West was wearing an old fashioned leotard, nothing more.

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Brandon Frye
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Posted: 24 October 2019 at 11:31am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Sadly, I think Spandex has become the short-hand term for any kind of skin-tight outfit (particularly with superheroes).

There are probably dozens of stretchy fabrics and materials used in skin-tight clothing, yet spandex seems to have become the go-to word to describe them all. 


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John Byrne
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Posted: 24 October 2019 at 11:45am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I’ve seen Iron Man and Thor described as wearing Spandex. There is a degree of contempt in the use that will not allow me to abandon my crusade.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 24 October 2019 at 1:52pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Asgardian spandex
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Ron Grant
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Posted: 30 October 2019 at 10:16pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

West was wearing an old fashioned leotard, nothing more.
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This reminded me of a scene in the breakfast club 
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