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
toppers!


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 seven images: Making custom leather gloves!
These were crafted for me specifically by master
seamstress Lindsay Stewart! 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 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!














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: Please don't judge.



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