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ISSUE NO. 781
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BEN COOPER
MARVEL HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

BEN COOPER former costume designer for the Ziegfeld Follies, was the king of store-bought superhero costumes in the 1950s through the 1970s! Last issue, we showed you Ben's DC superhero costumes. This issue, we take a look at Ben's MARVEL costumes.

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SPIDER-MAN

Ben Cooper's Spidey costume looks nothing like the real thing! Perhaps because nighttime visibility was a factor. The "real" Spider-Man may not have wanted to show up at night, but worried parents wanted their kids to be as bright as day! Oh well, at least they got the mask right.


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REED RICHARDS, MR. FANTASTIC

The uniform looks pretty good, but did they really need to slap a huge mask over Reed's plastic face? Part of the FF's uniuqeness was that they did NOT have secret identities. A mask defeats this entirely. Poor Reed looks more like the Riddler!


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DAREDEVIL

Wow. Good old hornhead looks an awful lot like Batman in this costume. Maybe because Benn Cooper simply used the Bat-mold and painted it RED! Also, isn't it a bit egotistical to wear a huge picture of your own face on your chest?


THE BEN COOPER AVENGERS!
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The INVINCIBLE IRON MAN

Uh oh, Tony's shell-head is inexplicably breaking out in big blue bumps! No trick or treating for him! His "armor" features a Ben Cooper trademark -- writing the full name of the hero right on his costume! Yes, hello folks, I am IRON MAN. It says so right here!


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CAPTAIN AMERICA

Cap's costume is actually pretty accurate, if you discount the full-figure drawing of the Star-Spangled Avenger on his chest. But the costume didn't come with a shield! Waaaa!


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THE MIGHTY THOR

Ye gods! Thor's outfit is a nightmare. Yellow boots printed on fabric. Yellow underpants? But ay least the face mask is accurate, although I don't recall the Thunder God's helmet actually saying THOR on it.


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THE INCREDIBLE HULK

This Hulk costume is scary! They got the purple pants right, and even used Greenskin's real logo on the chest. My biggest complaint is that I don't think Hulk ever left the house wearing five or six rolls of mommy's lipstick. Hulk smash! Then -- Hulk kiss!


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ABOVE: The Collegeville RAT FINK costume. I am aware that RF is not a superhero, but he IS the subject of an new Secret Origins series starting in the next issue of DIAL B for BLOG!

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AN ALL-NEW TEN PART SERIES
SECRET ORIGINS OF RAT FINK!
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