Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Making of the "1979 TV Captain America" Cosplay! Marvel Comics Madness!

Sure, I've created a loose version of this variant of Captain America before (click here), but I always wanted to make a fully representational cosplay of the famous (some would say infamous) 1979 CBS-TV movie Cap! So, come along with me as I detail the making of this star-spangled superhero suit! Click images to enlarge!

Above: The difficult part was finding appropriate 70s helmets!
Luckily, eBay came to the rescue, with these two road-worn

Above: The black helmet fit better, so I needed to
swap out the innards of the red one, to better 

replicate the TV helmet!

Above two images: Test-fitting the helmet!

Above: The painting begins!

Above two images: Working with various face masks,
balaclavas, etc..

Above: Cutting a clear snap-on visor, to make Cap's
own face-shield!

Above five images: Crafting the helmet wings and "A" from foam board!
All based on screen-grabs from the TV movies!

Above: The finished helmet, ready to go! 

Above images: Making custom leather gloves!
These were crafted for me specifically by master
seamstress Kalliste Cosplay! Note the wonderful
interior customizations!

Above: My custom-designed bodysuit pattern! I designed this in
Photoshop, then had it printed by an overseas firm!

Above: The finished cosplay! I already had the custom shield, so...
Pic by The Variant.

Above: I just had to re-create this cheeky photo-op!

Above: I also created a custom belt, made from foam board!

Above: I found the "buccaneer boots" on eBay, which required
quite a few coats of red vinyl spray paint!

Above: The inside of the shield, festooned with signatures from
many of Cap's comics creators! Mike Zeck, Allen Bellman,
John Beatty, Jim Shooter, and Jim Steranko have all
added their names to this powerful prop!

Above two images: I wanted to revise the visor (heh), so I found
a face shield with the "teardrop" shape. Then, after a little
cutting and fitting...

Above: Much better!

Pic by Jamie Earls!

Above two images: I just had to do it! A re-creation of Jim Steranko's 
famed cover for CAPTAIN AMERICA #111, from 1969! It took
three different pics (patched together) just to get Cap's pose to
correspond with the original! 

Above images: I decided to slightly revise the traditional outfit,
adding sleeve stripes, a different approach to the midriff bars, etc.
Lots of fun!

Above: Please don't judge.

BONUS! See (below) a sensational video that details
the creation of this star-spangled superhero costume!

BONUS BONUS: Wanna see "TV Cap" in action? Just peer below!