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The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« on: June 02, 2017, 10:08:37 AM »
It seems that Ben Cooper produced more costumes based on comic and cartoon characters than did any other company!

Here are a couple of pictures of the Ben Cooper Superman costume:





The face sculpt of the mask is rather good, and the costume isn't too bad either.

Here for comparison's sake is a scan of one of my Superman comics:

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 10:59:42 AM »
Ben Cooper costumes are cool.  Some of the hero masks alone bring hundreds.  That old supply and demand rule .

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2017, 03:30:02 PM »
With the Wonder Woman movie now hitting the big screen, a look at the various iterations of the Ben Cooper Wonder Woman costume would be timely. Here's the mask from an early version:



It's a bit too round faced and thus bland. Not very pretty overall. The mask was improved in later releases:







Here's a scan of one of my Wonder Woman comics for comparison's sake:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2017, 11:15:18 AM »
There is no doubt that Batman is way cool. This mask and costume though is substantially less so:





Here's a scan of one of my Batman comics for comparison's sake:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 05:17:24 AM »
There is no doubt that Batman is way cool. This mask and costume though is substantially less so:





Here's a scan of one of my Batman comics for comparison's sake:



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This costume is cool!
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 03:28:44 PM »
I dunno. Since when does Aquaman wear a mask?



Here's a scan of one of my Aquaman comics for comparison's sake:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 08:22:46 AM »
The mask included with the Ben Cooper costume made the Flash look particularly gritty:



Here's a scan of one of my Flash comics for comparison's sake:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 04:45:43 PM »
Do you own the Flash costume, Hep?

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2017, 05:35:05 PM »
No, sadly at present I don't own any costumes at all. Maybe someday but they're not an immediate priority.

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2017, 07:05:03 PM »
No, sadly at present I don't own any costumes at all. Maybe someday but they're not an immediate priority.

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Very low priority for me. I hardly had any store-bought costumes when I would TorT as a kid. If I tripped over some with nice packaging for cheap I would buy them, but that's about the only way. I love Halloween stuff, but the actual kid's costumes not so much.

I get more picky as time goes by, what with my diminishing space and the ever higher prices for collectibles.
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2017, 01:14:04 PM »
To me the appeal of these Ben Cooper and Collegeville costumes arises from the following factors:

1. I remember them hanging from the ceiling at the Kresge store in downtown London in the early sixties.

2. They're gaudy to beat hell! Gaudy is a praiseworthy characteristic in my book.

3. The availability of so many semi obscure characters including these:

The Fly a.k.a. Fly Man



Doctor Solar



Beany



Cecil the Sea Serpent



Bucky O'Hare



Buzzy the Crow



Hot Stuff



Courageous Cat



Felix the Cat



Bullwinkle



Batfink



Secret Squirrel



Atom Ant



4. They're all about Halloween, a holiday that's beyond cool!

The negatives though are many and serious:

1. I never had any of these costumes as a kid. Nor were there any I specifically coveted. They therefore weren't really a part of my life as a kid which reduces the nostalgia factor for me dramatically.

2. To display them properly by letting them hang would take up a lot of space. Moreover getting them back in the box folded properly would be a pain in the ass. They can of course be left in the boxes but unlike model kits and board games, the boxes are at best semi-generic. In fact, most of the boxes are pretty boring.

3. Viewed through adult eyes, many of the costumes don't do the underlying character justice, e.g. the superhero costumes I've been posting, and as such leave a lot to be desired.
 
4. The thought of buying what's in effect clothing that could very well have been worn by some kid strikes me as just plain yucky.

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2017, 01:29:08 PM »
Here's a post I made almost five years ago:

Periodically we must all stop to smell the roses and appreciate what we actually already have!

At some point though I'd like to get into collecting these things:

1. Vending machine cards and premiums from the sixties. Bubble gum from vending machines was a big part of my life as a kid and vending machine cards are very easy to store in my existing card sheets and binders.

2. Cereal boxes and premiums from the fifties through the seventies. Cereal was also a very big part of my young life. They'd present storage/display problems though so for the time being I'm limiting myself to collecting the football, baseball and hockey cards that were printed on the back of some of these cereals.

3. HO Lionel train cars. My buddy had an HO Lionel train set and I marvelled at the operating cars that were pictured in the catlogue. I even tried to save up for a set. The cars would also be easy to display/store in the same cabinets in which I keep my model kits.

4. Carded rack toys like the Space Aliens in this thread and the MPC Pop-Tops and Weird Monsters. The toys I had in my very early years never went beyond anything more elaborate than a random assortment of these little figurines, mainly knights and soldiers. They'd be tough to display though.

5. Magic Slates. I liked them as a kid and they were made over the years with dozens and dozens of cool licensed characters. They'd be easy to store with the major problem being that I know of no catalogue that summarizes the ones that were made.

6. Roalex sliding puzzles like this one:



Once again, I liked them as a kid and they featured so many cool and exciting characters.

7. Halloween costumes. I always admired the ones on display hanging from the ceiling of the Kresge and Woolworth stores in downtown London but I never even tried to get my mother to buy me one since I knew that she would consider such a one use purchase to be shamelessly profligate. But display would present a real problem so this collecting area is on the far back burner.

8. Wacky Wobblers. So many cool characters! And easy to store/display in a cabinet. But it's still so entirely open ended since they're still being made. I prefer collecting things with a finite as opposed to open end.


I'd currently reorder the list as follows:

1. HO Lionel train cars. Since I already have a small collection of around ten of the ones from the fifties and sixties, I'm moving this category to the top of my list.

2. Vending machine premiums from the fifties to the seventies, in particular the display cards. These can be stored very neatly and conveniently within plastic card pockets in a three-ring binder. The major problem would be that I know of no catalogue that summarizes the ones that were made.

3. Magic slates. I liked them as a kid and they were made over the years with dozens and dozens of cool licensed characters. It would be easy to store dozens within plastic card pockets in a three-ring binder. Here are a couple I own right now:





The major problem would be that I know of no catalogue that summarizes the ones that were made.

4. Bubble gum card display boxes. Since I collect cards and wrappers, this is a natural for me although right now I only have a single 1958 Topps CFL display box. I've resisted the urge to collect these so far because the vintage ones are extremely tough to find in really nice condition and would therefore be very expensive to purchase. But a small collection of a couple of dozen choice ones would still be nice and perhaps doable over a decade's time.

Moreover a few select Halloween candy boxes could be a subcategory of a display box collection.

5. Roalex sliding puzzles of which I already have three. Dozens of these could also be readily stored within plastic card pockets in a three-ring binder.

6. Wacky Wobblers! Just because there are so many cool characters!

7. Miscellaneous monster figures and stuff including a Marx Dinosaur playset or three. Horrorhunter has infected me with his enthusiasm for the Marx playsets.

8. A few toy guns, e.g. a Johnny Seven O.M.A. and a cap gun and holster set or two.

Notice that I've dropped Halloween costumes off the list.

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2017, 01:43:04 PM »
I LOVE the costumes! Big nostalgia trigger here!!
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2017, 10:22:21 AM »
The Ben Cooper Green Lantern costume featured a particularly good mask:



The rest of the costume though wasn't to much like Green Lantern's uniform. Here's a scan of one of my Green Lantern comics for comparison's sake:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Comic and Cartoon Character Costumes!
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2017, 10:27:41 AM »
Here's a wild one -





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