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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #45 on: October 29, 2017, 10:57:18 PM »
The box for the Wolfman costume was eventually pimped up quite nicely though:

Looks like a different mask and costume, too.
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #46 on: October 30, 2017, 09:38:20 AM »
Indeed. This appears to be the costume that goes with the more recent box:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #47 on: October 30, 2017, 01:03:21 PM »
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #48 on: October 30, 2017, 01:16:31 PM »
Hey, good eye!

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #49 on: October 31, 2017, 09:24:49 AM »
Ben Cooper used the Spook Town brand name for a number of years beginning in the 1960's:



Some of the costumes marketed as Spook Town were indeed pretty spooky:





While others not so much:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #50 on: November 02, 2017, 05:39:12 AM »
I don't think there could be anything more ironic than this.

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #51 on: November 16, 2017, 04:51:51 PM »
Here's a shot of a Ben Cooper Li'l Abner costume from the fifties:



Here are a couple scans of my Li'l Abner comics for comparison's sake:





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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #52 on: November 16, 2017, 07:20:46 PM »
I don't think there could be anything more ironic than this.


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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #53 on: November 16, 2017, 07:23:48 PM »
I never understood the decision to put an image of the Superhero on the front instead of just replicating the actual costume! Hated that as a kid!
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #54 on: November 21, 2017, 04:35:06 PM »
I never had a full-fledged store bought (Collegeville, Ben Cooper, etc.) Halloween costume as a kid. My parents would have thought such a thing was shamelessly profligate and completely out of the question. None of my trick or treating buddies ever had such a thing either. We all just wore masks that we'd bought at the local corner store.

I'm therefore not sure when I first noticed that most of these costumes had the character's name or picture emblazoned on the front and were thus self-referential. But I thought it was ridiculous and bizarre when I did.

But I now associate the tacky self-referential aspect with the kids' costumes of old that I remember seeing hanging from the ceiling in the downtown Woolworth, Kresge, Metropolitan and Zellers stores.



As a result that's now what I expect in a kids' costume.

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #55 on: November 21, 2017, 05:34:07 PM »
I never understood the decision to put an image of the Superhero on the front instead of just replicating the actual costume! 

Same with the monsters, then, but now I love them!  :) 
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #56 on: November 24, 2017, 01:13:49 PM »
Quote from: Wikipedia
The company(Ben Cooper) suffered heavy financial losses in the early and mid-1980s. Beginning on September 29, 1982, seven people died after taking the painkiller Tylenol. Investigators discovered that someone had tampered with the product, lacing it with potassium cyanide. Terrified parents nationwide refused to allow their children to celebrate Halloween the following month, and sales of costumes plummeted and did not recover for several years. Ben Cooper, Inc. formed the Halloween Celebration Committee along with eight other manufacturers of Halloween costumes, masks, makeup, and accessories and (in cooperation with the Toy Manufacturers of America) published the booklet "13 Great Ways to Celebrate Halloween" in order to reassure parents and help stimulate interest in the holiday again. Despite this setback, in 1984 the firm was still the largest supplier of Halloween costumes in the United States.

I didn't know until now that the Tylenol tampering case acted to put a chill on trick or treating!

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #57 on: October 24, 2018, 01:43:01 PM »
Here are some pics of the wild Ben Cooper Sleestak from the Land of the Lost costume from 1975:







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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #58 on: October 24, 2018, 04:11:52 PM »
Here are some pics of the wild Ben Cooper Sleestak from the Land of the Lost costume from 1975:







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I really dig this mask/costume.
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #59 on: October 25, 2018, 09:19:42 AM »
A side-by-side comparison reveals that the mask from the Ben Cooper Aquaman Halloween costume from 1967:





Utilized the same mold that was used for Green Lantern's mask with different colours selectively applied:



It seems that Ben Cooper was shamefully eager to do some economizing at the time.

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