New Duds for Irma

Here is a question I am sure that everyone has asked at least once.

When did Saturn Girl go from looking like this?

Adventure Comics #267 (December 1959) – Cover Artists: Curt Swan & Stan Kaye

…To looking like this?

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #258 (Dec 1979) – Cover Artists: Dick Giordano

The new costume that she started wearing sometime in the 70s looked like MOD married DISCO and they had a baby who wore thigh-high high-heeled boots.


Saturn Girl (a.k.a. Irma Ardeen) is a telepath from Saturn’s moon Titan. She was a founding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. She along with two other members first appeared in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958). In her first appearance. She wore a yellow, black, green costume, but that was immediately changed in her next appearance in Adventure Comics #267 to the look for which she is best remembered. (see above).

Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958) – Cover Artists: Curt Swan and Stan Kaye

Saturn Girl was for many years the de facto leader of the Legion of Super-Heroes. She always dressed demurely and was always quite serious and proper. Her personality never really changed; however, Except for that one time…

Adventure Comics Vol 1 #304 January, 1963

in the 70s she was sure showing a lot more skin that she had been in the 50s and 60s. In the 1960s, she was always superbly and sublimely drawn by Curt Swan.

Adventure Comics #293 February 1962 – Drawn by Curt Swan

In 1970, Curt gave her a new hairdo, but she continued to wear the red and white jumper.

Action Comics Vol 1 #386 (March 1970) – artist Curt Swan

So, when did she start wearing “mod a-go-go stretch elastic pants“?

Answer: It was in December 1977 that Irma (a.k.a. Saturn girl) got her new mod/disco outfit. This was an Action Comics #392. The new outfit was designed by a fan named K. Haven Metzger and was drawn by Win Mortimer.

Action Comics #392 (Dec 1977)

And when did she go back to the old costume? She continued to wear this new costume up until the time that she became pregnant in June 1984.

Legion of the Super-Heroes volume 2, #312 June 1984.

They showed the progress of her pregnancy in September 1984 in Legion of Super-Heroes v. 3 #2. This issue was drawn by Keith Giffen, inked by Larry Mahlstedt, and the colorist was Carl Gafford.

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol 3 #2 (September 1984)

Fans got to see the baby for the first time in May 1985 in Legion of Super-Heroes v. 3 #10. This issue was drawn by Steve Lightle.

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol 3 #10 (May 1985)

When Irma came back to work in June 1985 Legion of Super-Heroes v3 #11, she was once again wearing her 1960s costume.

Legion of Super-Heroes v3 #11 (June 1985)