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!
This week I decided to do something a little different. Rather than review a cartoon, I want to present to you a time that I recently became one. As some of you know I attend the Pittsburgh Comicon every year and (thanks to my darling, cosplay loving wife Leslie aka PhishBon3s) I usually go in costume.
This year I had a spark of inspiration! Given that there aren’t a ton of hero types for a teapot kinda guy like myself (short and stout) one character finally dawned on me. One of my favorite (if dim-witted) heroes of the Masters of the Universe and one of the most controversial toys in the classic MOTU line; Ram-Man!
My darling wife spent months working and slaving over sewing machines and hot glue guns. We made more trips than I would like to remember, to Jo-Ann Fabrics (I should really win some kind of medal of honor for the amount of fabric cutting lines I had to stand in).
Leslie brilliantly chronicles the good natured “can-do” spirit that I maintained through the process, in this hilarious comic:
After all was said and done I really enjoyed dressing up like Ram-Man (a character I was BORN to play), I even like putting on the armor during the fittings!
Leslie portrayed the dark and mysterious villainess, Shadow Weaver (I’ve always had a thing for the bad girls) and she took to the project immediately.
Finally the costumes were done and we set out on our trip to the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, PA. The drive was peaceful and we even saw a fox on the way there! We arrived and got dressed in a parking lot (pretty normal for me actually, clothes are for squares) and entered the convention. After stepping into the con, we made a bee-line for the pamplet table and left a stack of Retroist newsletters, CW windowclings and magnets; all of which were scooped up quickly. Thankfully we kept restocking it throughout the day!
Immediately we got a lot of attention. People where overjoyed that among the latest and greatest in comic book and pop culture nerdery they got to see some characters straight out of their childhood! (Somebody really oughta create a website to capitalize on this nostalgia thing)
While most people called Leslie Orko…Orko! ….enough times to depress any dark sorceress.
…She made an immediate friend in a kindred spirit named Sarah Jane. Sarah turned out to be a huge fan of the old She-Ra cartoons. She had herself cosplayed previously as Catra and recognized Shadow Weaver immediately. The two hit it off immediately
(Sarah was also in an amazing throwback costume, brilliantly portraying the devious, whip-wielding villainess Cat Woman!)
Already plans have been made between the two of them to coordinate a future convention appearance together. Cosplay world, look out!
As you can probably tell from the photograph; Leslie went the extra mile with her costume, not only making Shadow Weaver’s eyes actually glow, she created several eye plates that could be quickly replaced to show a wide range of emotions!
We met a ton of great people at the convention (sadly I didn’t think to exchange contact info with any of them) A wonderful couple that each posed for a picture with us separately and a great Green Lantern!
The con was a huge success. We even won second place in the “group” contest against some amazing competition. We had never even planned on entering the contest and only did, after the third time that someone wished us luck in it!
So that’s about it; we left the convention feeling great, made some new friends and saw a lot of great merchandise and costumes. I picked up a few great dvd sets from my childhood and even the drive home was lovely! (We saw a coyote on the way home…weird!)
The Pittsburgh Comicon was and always is a great time! I’m already looking forward to next years trip (I have no idea what kind of costume project my Mrs has planned for me.) Nevertheless, you should really check out this convention and if you wanna meet up, get in touch with me! I’d love to meet you. And also feel free to contact me if we actually did meet this year.