One of the most popular items of Superman merchandise
was, as you might expect, the playsuit that let youngsters
impersonate the Man of Steel in their own backyard adventures.
But while costumes aimed at boys were a mainstay of comic
book ad pages for years, I was surprised to find this version,
from Superman #101 (Nov 1955), which adds a second
design to let the hero's female fans in on the fun.
Keep in mind when this image appeared we were still four
years out from Kara Zor-El's debut (in Action Comics
#252), and three years away from the "Super-Girl"
Jimmy Olsen creates with a magic totem in what would seem
to have been a dry run for the character (in Superman
#123). Kara's outfit featured a blue skirt while her precursor
had a red one. (In Action Comics #156, temporary
Superwoman Lois Lane had it both ways; red on the cover, blue
inside the book).
This costume splits the difference, offering a blue skirt
with red highlights. Personally, I like it. The problem of
how to simulate boots is easily solved with the female suit;
just skip' em. Not being a child of the 50s, however, I have
no idea what's going on with those shoes. Sneakers? Patent
leather? And are those tassles? Pom-poms? Hunks of horse tail?