During my time here on The Retroist I’ve written about both E.T. and Mr. T – on more than one occasion. However today was the first time that I have had the privilege of seeing both icons combined into something even greater. I’m referring of course to Mr ET!
That image was sent to me – so I am afraid I do not know who the cosplayer happens to be. But that isn’t the only way people are celebrating the idea. You can hop on over to TeeFury right this second. Pick up your own Mr ET shirt designed by Captain Ribman!
Image courtesy of TeeFury.
In addition it appears that Mr ET was made into a toy of some sorts. At least that certainly seems to be the case judging by this image from GeekTyrant!
Image courtesy of GeekTyrant.
You have to wonder how something so delightfully humorous came to be though, right? How so many different people embraced the idea of a Mr ET? Well, a quick internet search pointed to the ninth episode of season six for The Simpsons. In the episode entitled “Homer Badman” where Homer is watching a comedian who says: “I think about weird stuff, like what would happen if Mr. T and E.T. had a baby. You’d get Mr. E. T., wouldn’t you? And he’d sound something like this: ‘I pity the fool who doesn’t phooooone hoooome.”
Having said that it’s not like this has been the only Mr. T reference in long running series.
The writers for The Simpsons also included a throwaway line in “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”, the first episode of season 5. At a moment when Homer, Apu, and Principal Skinner are beginning to break up as a musical act.
How much further can Mr ET go on as a possible pop-culture icon? Only time will tell us the answer to that question. But in addition to a younger generation falling in love with 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial all the time. There is always the possibility they will stumble on Mr. T’s “Treat Your Mother Right” as well!
There is without a doubt some talented cosplay going on in this day and age. Whether it be for popular video game, anime, or comic book characters. It’s easy to do a quick search online and find all levels of talent.
Now if we are to go by the information provided by Wikipedia, cosplay has in fact been around for quite some time! ” A.D. Condo’s science fiction comic character Mr. Skygack, from Mars was the subject of costuming in 1908 in the United States. Science fiction fans Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas attended the 1939 1st World Science Fiction Convention in the Caravan Hall, New York, USA dressed in “futuristicostumes”, including green cape and breeches, based on the pulp magazine artwork of Frank R. Paul, designed and created by Douglas.”
You might happen to recall my post from last year about vintage cosplay. Featuring 1963 photos from WorldCon with the Lord of the Rings‘ Gollum. As well as John Carter of Mars‘ Tars Tarkas.
Images courtesy of the Vintage Geek Culture Tumblr.
Of course of late there has been an upswing in the amount of Dr. Strange cosplay. Thanks in no small part to the success of the 2016 film starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
But the other night I was sent a photo by one of my best friends. An image from the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society site – a photo from 1973 taken by Dik Daniels. Showcasing an earlier cosplayer taking on the mantle of Marvel Comics’ Sorcerer Supreme, the one and only Dr. Strange!
Image courtesy of Dik Daniels – Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.
Really an amazing bit of cosplay, I think you will agree. Be that as it may – the identity of the cosplayer is unknown. I would highly recommend you follow that link to the LASFS page. You can in fact check out a lot more photographs by Dik Daniels including this one. That is The Time Machine‘s George Pal as well as his Wife – the name of the fan is unknown.
Let me tell ya creepies, there’s no finer feeling of synergy than the one you get when watching the ’86 Transformers flick; the perfect melding of ro-bit action and hard rockin’ tunes. But what if there was a way to get even more Cybertronian Peanut Butter in your Energon Chocolate? Well the only way that could happen is if the Transformers (and an enemy ‘bot or two…oh, and Spike) were performing the songs themselves! A ridiculous notion you say? Well, yes it is, but it is also completely rad on a level I never thought possible! So ghouls, feast your optics on the majesty of Cybertronic Spree!
Head here to learn more about these bad ‘bots and their instruments of destruction!
Most of the Cosplay we share on the site centers around super heroes, it’s not often that we get to present toy themed inspired costumes but when people work wonders like this COBRA Battle Android Trooper we just have to share it.
I apologize that I do not know who to credit for this as the pic was sent to me, but whoever pulled this off certainly deserves a round of applause.
Update: Thanks to the awesomeness of Payton we now know that this cosplay is from Cobra 1st Legion on Facebook and that the photo was taken by Lionel Lum and the B.A.T. is Matt Holdaway!