Agent of S.t.y.l.e.

A few entries from Alan's column on the visual and stylistic evolution of some characters in comics and sci-fi media, and how they have reflected changing ideas. This column originally ran regularly first on and then on If there's interest, Alan may start it up again and even revisit characters who have developed even more new looks since last he wrote about them.

The Vision

From the Golden Ave visitor from another dimension to the android hero who joined the Avengers and beyond, here is a look at the spectral sci-fi heroes of Marvel Comics that have been known as the Vision.



May. 06, 2015 


Since the 1940s, Aquaman has fought evil, defended humanity, and protected the seven seas of Earth. Here's a look at his visual evolution and how his character and atmosphere have been handled drastically differently for years at a time.

Feb. 27, 2015 

The Question

A strange, trench coat-wearing vigilante who seems a callback to the days of pulp magazine heroes. This piece explores the heroes called the Question (Vic Sage and Renee Montoya), as well as their connections to characters such as Mr. A and the Global Peace Agency.


June 26, 2014 

DC's Captain Marvel

Billy Batson becomes a powerful hero by shouting the magic word "SHAZAM!" Originally called Captain Marvel, now simply called Shazam, he's had a long career for decades. Now a look back at his origins, as well as the different interpretations and styles he's had over the years.

Feb. 13, 2014

Ms. Marvel

Before she became Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics, Carol Danvers used the name Ms. Marvel. Here is a look at her evolution in that role, as well as the other heroes who followed and used that same battle name, such as the fantastic Kamala Khan.


Feb. 6, 2014 

Black Widow

From the original Golden Age supernatural character to the famous spy-turned-Avenger, here is a look at the visual evolution of Marvel's Black Widow.


January 16, 2014 


Since the 1960s, this classic foe of Spider-Man's has sported a number of styles and looks while engaging in crime. Whether alone or with other villains such as the Sinister Six, Electro always strikes with deadly power and a memorable look.


Jan. 2, 2014 

Doctor Who: Alternate Versions

There have been many incarnations of the heroic Time Lord known as the Doctor. But there are alternative costumes that have appeared outside of the TV show Doctor Who. There are also alternate Doctors who exist in other realities, possible futures, stage plays, and comedy specials. Check them out here!

Dec. 27, 2013