By Chris Sims
With their unintentionally terrifying masks and bizarre plastic coverall-style suits, the Halloween costumes produced by Ben Cooper, Inc. have become downright iconic in American pop culture through sheer awfulness. From the ’50s to the ’80s, they were a staple of Halloweens across the country and are still valued as vintage collectibles, despite the fact that they are — and this is putting it nicely — hilariously awful. With Halloween just around the corner, we’re still feeling a little nostalgic for those mind-bogglingly terrible costumes of days gone by. That’s why today, I’ve picked out 10 Amazingly Bad Retro Halloween Costumes from the archives at the Wonderful Wonderblog!
With Mattel’s Retro-Action line of 8” World’s Greatest Heroes figures put to bed last year, it seems Figures Toy Company has stepped in to fill the void with actual replicas of Mego’s famous ’70s dolls beginning with Batman, Robin, The Joker and The Riddler. Expected in comic and specialty stores this July, each figure will sport Mego’s signature sculpts, cloth costumes and 16 points of articulation (although hardcore fans will note that Batman and Robin’s masks aren’t removable like the earliest World’s Greatest Superheroes! line versions). Twisted Mego/ToyFare Theatre should be especially excited by the thought of customizing the dynamic duo into a modern Bat-Pumpkin and Squash. Pricing info hasn’t been released just yet, but judging from FTC’s previous releases, fans can probably expect to pay around $15-25 per figure this summer.
I love these retro pin up redesigns of the Gotham City Sirens, especially Selina’s cat-eared cap and Harley’s red playsuit.
For those of you who are still looking for a last-minute holiday gift for that special femme fatale in your life, Maria has these prints available for sale (at $10 a pop!) on her Etsy :)