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Hepcat

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #60 on: October 26, 2018, 08:39:09 AM »
Here are images of two of the Ben Cooper Creature costumes issued over the years:

 

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #61 on: October 29, 2018, 10:49:59 AM »
Here's a look at the Ben Cooper Iron Man costume from 1966:



An the noble hero himself:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #62 on: October 30, 2018, 09:35:05 AM »
And here's a look at the Ben Cooper Thor costume from 1966:



Plus the great hero himself:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #63 on: October 31, 2018, 03:09:30 PM »
Here for a change of pace is the Ben Cooper Mighty Mouse costume from 1971:





The costume offered a very decent likeness of the character:



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #64 on: December 31, 2018, 07:20:57 PM »
Here's an interesting article on Ben Cooper including an interview with Ira Cooper, the son of one of the company co-founders:

Behind the Plastic Mask: When BEN COOPER Ruled Halloween - 13th Dimension

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RetroFan: Speaking of superheroes, in the ’60s, Ben Cooper produced some of the earliest merchandising for superheroes, including Spider-Man and Green Lantern, anticipating the decade’s superhero boom. Who on staff first realized the appeal of superheroes?

Ira Cooper: This was nearly all Nat—something for which he rarely gets the credit—although it was Ben who saw it, let’s say, concomitantly, and turned the comic and cartoon art into Halloween art that kids would want to wear. But it was Nat who pushed it, as he was directly connected to the growing world of comics and TV cartoons (which he monitored in great detail).

Ben saw the immense value in the costume front being a “billboard” for the character’s most salient features. Had they gone for realism (with some notable exceptions) they would have lost that “look at me” value of the costume that the child showed off one night per year.

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