This 1963 Gollum Cosplay Is The Greatest Thing You Will See Today!

In my youth I fell in love with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, thanks of course to the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated television special that originally aired on Sunday, November 27 on NBC. This special was not only my first introduction to Gollum but of course Hobbits, and more importantly the Dwarves!

RankinBass - The Hobbit - Gollum

Just a year later I would get my first taste of the Lord of the Rings with Ralph Bakshi’s cult classic animated feature that presented a more humanoid, or possibly I should say the design looked more like a devolved version of a Hobbit.

Gollum - Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings

To be totally honest my favorite representation of Tolkien’s rather tragic character is from the 1977 animated film, I really love everything about it, the music, the incredible cast of actors they secured to play the parts like Orson Bean as Bilbo, Richard Boone as Smaug, John Huston as Gandalf, Paul Frees as Bombur, Hans Conried as Thorin Oakenshield, and freaking Otto Preminger as the Eleven King!

Having said that though I want to point out how AWESOME this cosplay of Gollum is, thanks to the impressive Vintage Geek Culture Tumblr we know this cosplayer’s photo was taken at the 1963 WorldCon.

Cosplay Images courtesy of the Vintage Geek Culture Tumblr.
Cosplay Images courtesy of the Vintage Geek Culture Tumblr.

Make sure to hop on over to the Vintage Geek Tumblr by following the link up above for even more vintage cosplay images…like this astounding 1970s cosplay for Tars Tarkas from John Carter of Mars!

Image courtesy of the Vintage Geek Culture Tumblr.
Image courtesy of the Vintage Geek Culture Tumblr.


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