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NO. 780
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BEN COOPER
DC HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

BENJAMIN COOPER was born on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1906. He founded a theatrical costume business in 1927, designing costumes for the famous Ziegfeld Follies. In

1937, Cooper bought out A.S. Fishbach, Inc., which had a license to sell Hallowen costumes based on Disney characters. From there, the company branched out into licensing television stars and -- of course -- superheroes!

The Ben Cooper costumes were, cheap, flimsy -- and completely fantastic! The fabric used for the costume itself was thinner than paper, and the masks were cheap plastic. But so what! When it came to store-bought superhero costumes in the 1950s through the 1970s, BEN COOPER was the only game in town! This issue, we take a look at Ben's DC superhero costumes. Next issue, we'll do Marvel.

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SUPERMAN

The most famous of all superheroes also, naturally, has the most famous uniform of all -- so Ben Cooper didn't change it at all. As you'll soon see, the Man of Steel is the ONLY Ben Cooper hero costume to hold this distinction!


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BATMAN

The Dark Knight is looking pretty bright in his all-silver costume, with no blue trunks. Also, in case there is some confusion, the costume has the name BATMAN written across the chest logo, which is very gigantic and very bright yellow for a "creature of the night."


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WONDER WOMAN

Wow, Wonder Woman must really be famous -- she doesn't need to have a huge name on her chest for people to identify her. She has something else on her chest. Boobies! One suggestion for the Amazing Amazon: Next time, go a little lighter on the plastic lipstick.


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THE FLASH

This costume looks only slightly like the real thing. They stuck a lightning logo on Flash's forehead, and a huge BLUE emblem on his chest, along with the mandatory huge character name, so everyone could tell who Johnny was in that silly red suit.


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GREEN LANTERN

Another costume with a chest emblem that's more like a poster -- this one featuring an unusually-poor drawing of Hal charging directly into your face. Since the Ben Cooper costumes never came with any accessories, trick-or-treaters had to supply their own green power ring! Along with their own will power.


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AQUAMAN

Would Aquaman really need to wear a mask underwater? And if he did, would he pick one with fake red scales drawn on it? This costume isn't so much a costume as it is a big picture of Aquaman. Oddly, the Aquaman pictured on the chest is wearing the correct uniform -- which is completely different from the costume itself. Oh well.


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PLASTIC MAN

For reform-school types, here's reformed criminal Eel O'Brian, aka Plastic Man. Of course, no one knew who Plastic Man was, but his name and chest image are pretty self-explanatory, just like all those great old Ben Cooper Halloween costumes always were!


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BEN COOPER MARVEL SUPER HEROES!
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