First appearing in 1947, Dinah Drake created her crime fighting persona titled Black Canary. Sporting her signature fish net stocking since the 40’s the Black Canary costume has been a symbol of female power mixed with a sexy amount of leather. Becoming a member of a number of popular DC super hero groups, including Birds of Prey and Justice League, she worked her way in as a memorable heroin. Though originally portrayed with no superhero abilities, Black Canary would be remained more on par with her fellow heirs. In addition to the prerequisite excellent hand-to-hand combat skills, she can unleash the “Canary Cry” an ultrasonic scream that can incapacitate her enemies. Working closely with superman, batman, and oracle, Black Canary spend most of her time appearing in comics with Green Arrow. Recently portrayed in the TV show Arrow, this character fulfills her on and off love affair with the lead Green Arrow himself. Actually marrying him in the comics we will wait with baited breath to see where this TV love affair will go.
Reinforcing her status as a sexy cosplay choice, Black Canary has been named number 71 on Wizards Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time list, number 81 on IGN’s Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time publication, and number 26 on Comic Buyers Guide 100 Sexist Women in Comics article.
Black Canary Costume: The Basics
There are a few signature things that entail a fabulous cosplay and a successful Black Canary Costume.
1. Fish Net Stockings
2. Blonde Wig
3. Black Corset (with Black Leotard Underneath)
4. Black Boots (your choice of thigh-high flats or the pirate high-heeled comic version)
5. Short Jacket (Blue. from the animated version, or black from the comics)
6. Accessories (fire red lipstick, gloves and leather choker)
Before you know it you will be a con vixen once you assemble your own DIY Black Canary Costume!