Friday, January 24, 2020

Batman 1966! The Making of a Cosplay TV Classic! Holy Costumed Cut-Ups!

One of my first cosplay projects was to create an awesome approximation of the iconic 1966 TV Batman, as made world famous by actor Adam West! It was this incarnation of the Caped Crusader that sparked my interest in the character (as well as comic books, and a comic art career), so I just had to tackle this 60s superhero! Click below to enlarge pics, and to follow my progress!


Above: A wonderful cowl by the Chuck Williams folks tops off the cosplay!
Chuck uses actual patterns and material matched to those used on the TV
show, and for accuracy, you just can't beat this magnificent mask!


Above: I designed the bodysuit, deliberately placing the chest logo higher up
on the torso (to create better proportions), with the slightest suggestion
of shading. I then had it professionally printed.





Above three images: The Mattel utility belt was called into play, with added
pouches (made from foam) attached! A specially-shaped
pouch houses the folding Batarang!


The cowl and belt are ready to be transported!


Gloves made by talented local seamstress, along
with the cape and trunks!






I had the cape, gloves and trunks made by a seamstress, to
my specifications! The boots came from eBay, with modifications
by me! 




"Always carry an extra container of shark repellent, old chum!"


Pic by Fae Phillips.


Pic by Omar Luna Photography!




Pic by Fae Phillips.



Pic by Kalliste Cosplay.




Pic by Fae Phillips.



Pic by Kalliste Cosplay.


Pic by Fae Phillips.


Pic by Fae Phillips.


Pic by Kalliste Cosplay.

Pic by Kalliste Cosplay.


Pic by Fae Phillips.


Posing with a bag of Burt ("Robin") Ward's wonderful dog food!
Learn more here!













Pic by Omar Luna Photography.








Above two images: Batman at the beach! Not even a Joker
around to challenge to a surfing contest! 








Above seven images: I team up with the wonderful Kalliste Cosplay (as Catwoman and Batgirl) and
 Cher Lambeth (as Robin) for some high-camp adventures! 






Above five images: My costume was used as part of a
superhero-themed parade display and celebration!



Above two images: Playing with the idea of this version of Batman
sporting the comics-centric "white eyes!" Looks very much
like a 50s Dick Sprang-drawn comic book Batman!





BAT-BONUS! Click here to hear (and see) Batman's swimming safety message!




BAT-BONUS BONUS! Click below to see (and hear) Batman read "The 
Monster At The End of This Book," as part of the Corona 
storytime project!