The Early Days...

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Mark Racop
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I was scanning some of the pics for my upcoming book, and came across some shots of my earliest 1966 Batman costumes. Here are some from 1970, a store bought Ben Cooper outfit that many of us wore, I'm sure:
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Here is my first attempt at an authentic costume, in 1979 (my memory was 1975, but the photo says 1979). A professional seamstress did the cape and I did the rest of the costume:
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I made the entire costume for my first Batman fan film, THE CAPED CRUSADER, in 1979/1980:
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How about your earliest 1966 Batman costume? Who made it and when did you wear it first?
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Pure awesome! Looking forward to the book!
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Epic work Mark!!!
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These photos are fantastic! I'm really impressed with the quality of the costumes you produced 40+ years ago.
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Mark Racop wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:04 pm How about your earliest 1966 Batman costume? Who made it and when did you wear it first?
LOVE IT!!!

My first 1966 Batsuit wasn't until 2004 so this will still seem more modern although it was 16 years ago. The cowl was by Wally (no such thing as a Chuck cowl then). The boots were my first Duran boots although I had them made too tall. Trunks by Vickie. The utility belt was my short lived Ken Davis one as was the cape. Gloves were by Gaspar (and still make mine to this day). The tights were Onstage Dancewear although I dyed them too light which was the trend among 1966 cosplayers at the time. The chest emblem was an early Williams Studio 2 and I've always used their emblems
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I had it put it together for San Diego Comic Con (and beyond) but my first outing in it was at my old job as an operation manager at Guitar Center. I conducted a meeting about loss prevention and surprised the entire staff when I came running into the meeting to the Batman theme and did it in full character.

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Okay gang, share your stories! :)
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More awesomeness!!!!

I can't even imaging the hutzpah it took to do your presentation in character!!!

If I've learned anything over the years, to have a batsuit is to be constantly editing a batsuit!!! Onward and upward!!!
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Chuck Williams wrote: Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:17 pm More awesomeness!!!!

I can't even imaging the hutzpah it took to do your presentation in character!!!

If I've learned anything over the years, to have a batsuit is to be constantly editing a batsuit!!! Onward and upward!!!
"Hutzpah" is my middle name. ;)
Chuck Williams wrote: Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:17 pm If I've learned anything over the years, to have a batsuit is to be constantly editing a batsuit!!! Onward and upward!!!
Always. Still at it.
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Amazing pics Boys.
Mark, does your fan film still exsisit anywhere?
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These costumes are all so awesome! I feel like I missed some great Halloween opportunities as I was growing up as I never had a Batman '66-themed costume.
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Mark, that costume looks great. Definitely amazing considering the resources that were available at the time.

Scott, your cosplays continue to inspire me. You're still the only Captain Action I've come across.
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Those early days were great fun. Very few of us were out there in those days, making us really stand out, LOL! I loved seeing you folks in your suits. Who else was out and about before it was 'popular' to do cosplay?
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Mark Racop wrote: Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:15 pm Those early days were great fun. Very few of us were out there in those days, making us really stand out, LOL! I loved seeing you folks in your suits. Who else was out and about before it was 'popular' to do cosplay?
Well "cosplay" was most certainly a known entity by the time I started getting involved...

But seeing as we're doing "firsts", i'll instead throw into the ring my "Adam West - Behind The Scenes" cosplay that I did back in 2008. I've always been fascinated by the production of the show and that fascination coupled with how stylish I always considered Adam to be with his shades and his Triumph motorycle...well sometimes you just have to throw on a robe and a pair of RayBans. :lol:
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That is absolutely brilliant, B.B.! That is the first time I have ever seen anyone do this, a photo/ cosplay or whatever. Dynamite stuff.
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I love your pic, Ben! I remember it vividly when you first posted it.
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My fan films were shot on Super 8 Movie film. I finally found a place in Chicago that can transfer the twin track sound that we used for music and sound effects. I'm going to try to get them transferred soon.
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