Strange Bedfellows: Darth Vader and Snoopy Join Forces

Strange Bedfellows: Darth Vader and Snoopy Join Forces

Retro Halloween fans, you’re in for a treat: This is Star Wars costume week! I’ve got many classic costume photos to share, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, various Ewoks, Stormtroopers, and much more. In fact, one week might not be enough time to showcase this fabulous collection! You’ll see no characters beyond “Jedi” because this is the Retroist.

But before we get to our featured players, I thought we’d ease into things by observing the surprisingly common pairing of the unlikely allies, Darth Vader and Snoopy. I wasn’t looking for this mismatched partnership, but couldn’t help but notice the duel occurrence of these characters as I browsed the retro galleries.

The Snoopy smock reads, “I Love Halloween.” I wonder how Vader feels about that.
Photo by AaronCaldwell

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It seems that Vader and Snoopy may be siblings. Does that make Snoopy Luke’s uncle (or “aunt” in this case)?
Photo by Michael Saffle

Snoopy looks a bit apprehensive, and considering this crowd, his angst is justified. That said, the fact that Skeletor is carrying a box of raisins is somewhat disarming.
Photo by thepeachmartini


Okay, this isn’t exactly a Halloween pic, but it provides further insight into the Snoopy/Vader relationship. Only true friends hang together at tea parties with raccoon and dolly.
Photo by Mandy_moon

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Not a “retro” pic, but I find it fascinating that these classic characters – both supremely popular in the ’70s and ’80s – are still palling around in the modern era. It gives me hope that all that was old is new again.
Photo by joshcomp

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Don’t look at the dogs, work the lock! You looked at the dogs!

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. My wife and I both love Snoopy and Star Wars. When we got married, we made up favors for each person at the reception tables consisting of a Peanuts and Star Wars Pez dispenser tied together with ribbon. Our wedding cake was topped by a Snoopy and Boba Fett Pez dispenser.

  2. Who knew their was such a strong connection between the two franchises?

    That Snoopy in photo 3 looks so perfectly nervous. I do not think any of those characters make him feel safe.

  3. Metagirl, this is the best post yet! There is such a sweetness about these photos…though I’m going to agree with you about #3, of course I would add that He-Man is there to lend a hand…but he’s got dead eyes. Seriously. Look at that photo again! :)

  4. Truly a Yin and Yang of complementary opposition: a lord of darkness and a peaceful wanderer.
    I think I secretly knew my favorite beagle could be a jedi if he weren’t drawn to be an ace WW2 pilot.

    These pics are great!
    Y’know Vic, I think He-Man is actually wondering which baddie he should take out first. And Snoopy’s thinking “Better hurry up and pick one”.

    And Vader in the tea party pic is surely where Lucas got the idea for the infamous “Nooooooooo!”

  5. I think that is not He-Man at all, but a color corrected Faker.

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