Halloween 2013 – The Magic Continues

Last year at this very time, Tiny Doom wrote a post that, when I look back at it, marked an historical moment for this little blog: it was the first time the Ladies had ever revealed our faces! Of course, there were only three of us – our mighty quartet only became complete in the new year. And some of the faces (okay, mostly mine) were rather obscured by the costumes we chose. But still, it was a milestone, and here we are a year later, still keeping this blog chugging along, bigger and better than ever!

And yes, we still really love Halloween.

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L-R: Cartoon Sara as Sally, The Red Menace as Starman, Tiny Doom as Speedy, Smalerie as Louise

Our love, perhaps, has different depths and comes from different places, so I won’t speak for all of the ladies in this post. (I’m pretty sure Tiny Doom loves Halloween WAY more than I do.) But however we got there, we’ve all embraced the holiday.

Every year the time comes to make the tough choice – what icon of comics or pop culture in general will we represent? A number of factors go into the decision, from the practical considerations of how easy/inexpensive it will be to create the right look to the more esoteric concerns – will people get the Wilma Deering costume? (Let’s just say those who did were really excited about it, and those who didn’t still thought it looked cool.)

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I share a name with the actress who played Wilma in the 1979 version, but this is NOT the same costume.

Do you pick a costume that you can pull off as a couple?

Dexter and Dee Dee

I can’t deny that this veers a little into uncanny valley territory. Me as Dexter, Mr. Menace as Dee Dee!

Or do you go with the strongest choice, even if it means forging ahead solo?

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Mystique is SO bored of your tiny human concerns.

This year, I decided to go with one of my all-time favorite superheroes, Starman.  Specifically, 1990’s reboot of Starman, Jack Knight.  As I spoke a bit about in my “3 Series” post, this is the comic book that got me into reading superhero comics. Prior to checking it out, I had some rather snotty ideas about what constituted “good” comics. Superheroes seemed trite and silly to me. And then, on the recommendation of my local shop at the time, I decided to give Starman a try – and I quickly fell in love.

Jack’s a good “gateway” hero for those inclined to discount the superhero genre. The whole idea of him is that rather than running around in spandex, confidently punching out bad guys because he just knows he’s right, Jack is unsure and complex. He wears jeans and a leather jacket – street clothes, essentially, although he chooses the jacket for its star symbol, and adds a sheriff’s badge in order to fully embrace the power of what the star represents. Goggles are added for their practical ability to reduce glare at night – and let’s face it, because goggles are cool.

All of these choices come, however, after he tries to reject the idea of being a hero. The first Starman was Jack’s dad, and since he doesn’t have powers naturally, (he manipulates energy with a “cosmic rod,” giving him flight and energy blasts. Think a low-level, less-intense Iron Man.) it’s pretty easy to walk away at first. But when Jack’s brother David is killed by the son of his father’s nemesis, Jack realizes that he needs to step up and become a hero.

All of which is the exciting, compelling story I fell in love with, but when I say that Starman made me appreciate superheroes more, I don’t just mean Jack himself, with his non-traditional costume and snarky ways. The series writer, James Robinson, has a fascination with and appreciation for the original, most traditional capes and tights sorts of heroes, those of the Golden Age. (So much so, in fact, that he wrote an Elseworlds story with that very name.) He works the old heroes into the story in a variety of ways, from the steady presence of Jack’s father, Ted, to the appearance of the original Justice Society in his dreams. Robinson also works in other heroes from the DC universe, like Ralph Dibny, whom I’d never heard of before – and he made me want to know more. He opened my eyes to how fun and compelling superheroes can be.

So this Halloween I wanted to recognize my first and favorite hero. The costume had the added bonus of being incredibly comfortable to wear, unlike, say, slathering one’s face in blue paint. It was not as easy to create – Mr. Menace put in some careful hours painting the jacket and creating a cosmic rod from PVC pipe.

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Full view of the jacket and cosmic rod.

Luckily, Mr. Menace is up to the challenge! I found the jacket at the Goodwill and he made it into a thing of beauty.

What costumes are you all wearing this year? Share pictures in the comments!

And speaking of sharing, you may have noticed a new little tab at the top of the page – the Ladies are taking submissions! If you’ve got a great idea for an article on comics, pop culture, games or ladies (or some combination thereof), we’d love to hear it!  Visit the page for all of the rules, regulations and details, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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8 comments

  1. Nikki

    I was there wearing the cat skull pipe cleaner costume! I personally loved the Bob’s Burger’s costume because no one I have seen has cosplayed anyone from that show yet!

    • smalerie

      Thanks Nikki! It was funny because not as many people recognized the costume as I thought they would. But those who dod seemed to like it a lot. Plus, it was soooo comfortable.

  2. itsthegoog

    You and Mr. Menace always have great costumes. As for comfort, I always try to choose and make costumes that are as comfortable as possible. I try to avoid make up if I can and I always try to incorporate my glasses, especially if I’m making a mask, because otherwise, seeing other people’s costumes would be a bit more difficult!

  3. Gary

    All of your costumes have been very creative (I especially loved the Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering). What has been your favorite one and what were some of the costumes you wore trick or treating as a kid?

    • The Red Menace

      Favorite – that’s tough! I’ve liked them all for different reasons. I think the Mystique was really good, Starman was comfortable, and Red Sonja has a special place in my heart. As a kid I was a super girly-girl, so I had a lot of costumes like ballerina, butterfly, a kitty – pretty basic, but they were homemade and my mom was pretty good with makeup. I’ll have to ask her if she has some pictures!

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