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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #75 on: October 26, 2019, 11:23:50 PM »
Darcy items?

I don't know what that is, either?
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #76 on: October 27, 2019, 09:39:21 AM »
I suspect he meant "Daffy"  since "r" is just above "f" and "c" is just below "f" on the keyboard but somehow his aim wasn't even consistently off in the same direction.

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #77 on: October 27, 2019, 12:00:31 PM »
I suspect he meant "Daffy" 

Oh! Well, that makes sense.
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #78 on: October 28, 2019, 01:24:17 PM »
Here's the very snazzy Ben Cooper Heckle or perhaps Jeckle costume from the 1970's together with two different boxes in which it was made available:









Here for comparison's sake are scans of three of my comics in which Heckle and Jeckle are cover features:

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #79 on: October 28, 2019, 05:20:55 PM »
"Darcy" items?

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Sorry, spell check changed "Daffy" to "Darcy". It did it again while writing this reply.

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #80 on: October 29, 2019, 04:17:42 PM »
Ben Cooper issued fabulous colourful costumes for Beany and Cecil in 1963:







Here for comparison's sake are scans of two of my comics in which Beany and Cecil are the cover features:

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #81 on: October 30, 2019, 01:11:54 PM »
Here are a couple of pics of the wild cool Ben Cooper Secret Squirrel costume from 1966:







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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #82 on: October 30, 2019, 01:37:01 PM »
HB never saw a bandwagon they couldn't jump on!  ;D
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #83 on: October 31, 2019, 08:30:19 AM »
Indeed!

Quote from: Wikipedia
Secret Squirrel is a cartoon character created by Hanna-Barbera and also the name of his segment in The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show, which debuted in 1965. He was given his own show in 1966, but was reunited with Atom Ant for one more season in 1967. Secret first appeared in a prime-time animated special called The World of Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel, which aired on NBC on September 12, 1965.

Secret Squirrel was a parody of the spy genre, and most of the shorts parodied elements of the James Bond films. Secret Squirrel was also known as "Agent 000".



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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #84 on: November 07, 2019, 01:31:37 PM »
Hmmmmm. The author of this article seems to be more than a bit of a wimp:

Awful Ben Cooper Costumes - Den of Geek

In fact until I saw Marc Buxton's name, I thought the article must have been written by a woman. I mean get a load of Buxton's complaints:

Quote from: Marc Buxton
Hey, let’s dress Junior up like a snarling, rabid nightmarish beast. Look at the teeth on that thing, you can get rabies just looking at them.

I guess it would be neat if some kid trick or treated as a black cat and his sister was a witch, but tell me those orange rimmed eyes don’t look like some kind of Lovecraftian gate to Hell. And that smock! The image of old puss puss here is even more frightening on the smock. If anyone was to run into this kitty, you can guarantee a corneal removal would follow. Back to the hell that spawned you, you litter box haunting monster!

Quote from: Marc Buxton
This (clown) mask does not speak of fun days at the circus or sawdust covered midways, it speaks of being locked in a basement and slowly dismembered with a butter knife. There is no reason to wear this thing on Halloween unless you plan to add some faces to some milk cartons.

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“Aw look, doesn’t little Billy look cute as the physical embodiment of evil?”

Yeah, you probably shouldn’t dress your kid up as the Antichrist, the Fallen One, the Morningstar. This costume is like Satan at Mardi Gras, a flamboyant version of Old Scratch with a jaunty earring waiting to just rip souls and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from the living. But listen, I’m not religious, but even I know that this is Satan and if you don the mask of he who must not be named, isn’t that just asking for trouble?

Geeeee, Mark, you really don't get what Halloween is all about, do you?

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #85 on: November 07, 2019, 02:15:37 PM »
Hmmmmm. The author of this article seems to be more than a bit of a wimp:

Awful Ben Cooper Costumes - Den of Geek

In fact until I saw Marc Buxton's name, I thought the article must have been written by a woman. I mean get a load of Buxton's complaints:

Geeeee, Mark, you really don't get what Halloween is all about, do you?

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #86 on: November 08, 2019, 09:46:47 AM »
At first I thought he must be someone who just doesn't care for the "true meaning" of Halloween, but after further reflection I realize that he's the written word equivalent of a person who just likes to hear himself talk. So long as the words sound good (or read good), whether what he's saying actually makes any sense is beside the point to him.

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #87 on: November 08, 2019, 09:54:40 AM »
Here's a good article on the history of Ben Cooper, Inc:

Ben Cooper - Thrillist

Interesting that by the 1960's Ben Cooper completely dominated the Halloween costume business with a market share of 70%-80%!

How Ben Cooper Changed Halloween Forever - Slate

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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #88 on: November 08, 2019, 12:34:34 PM »
Here's a good article on the history of Ben Cooper, Inc:

Nice mini history! I see one of my Creature masks.  :)
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Re: The Fantastic Ben Cooper Character Costumes!
« Reply #89 on: November 08, 2019, 02:29:18 PM »
Here is my collection of Creature plastic Halloween masks.

Top Row: The 3 Super 7 masks.

Middle Row: The Target "Monsterville" mask (left) and 1991 Rubie's mask (right).

Bottom Row: Ben Cooper 1976 loose mask (left), Collegeville 1980 mask (middle) and BC 1992 mask (right).



I'm only missing 2 masks, that I know of. The '73 BC (that came with the costume) and the matching (but all green) 1992 BC mask.
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