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Costume Buyer’s Guide 2015

Superheroes are having a bull year. There are more big budget superhero movies coming out in the next twelve months than most people watch movies during the year. It’s been the same for our costume selection, which has added Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and a great number of other products and themes.

Now that summer is over and all the superheroes have been unleashed until 2016, we’re listing out most popular costumes leading into the Halloween season. Take a look and don’t miss the sweepstakes at the end!

This classic feminine heroine is a constant figure for girls to look up to, it’s no wonder the Deluxe Kids Wonder Woman Costume is one of our most popular looks! Bring the old patriotic fervor with reds and blues to your next Halloween!

Girls Wonder Woman Costume

Tony Stark has pulled himself out of the superhero gutter since his big-screen inclusion, going from a strong B-lister to one of the biggest names behind a mask. The Supreme Quality Iron Man Adult Costume is one of the greatest ways to become the red-and-gold hero this Halloween!

Supreme Quality Iron Man Costume

Kids love the heroes. They love ’em, I say. And kids are full of energy! What better way to combine their two main traits into a perfect costume than with the Deluxe Muscle Chest Flash Kids Costume? It’s a classic move, and the popularity of this costume is proof.

Kids Flash Costume

The Supreme Captain America Adult Costume, with its straight-up bursting at the seams patriotism, also lets you masquerade as a popular and well-known hero from his recent Avengers adventures. a full-body outfit helps you lead the Avengers!

Supreme Quality Captain America Costume

The beautiful, dangerous, unstoppable super spy is ready to make her appearance with the Black Widow Womens Secret Wishes Costume! This costume is one of our most popular, and there’s no surprise thanks to its alluring figure and incredible looks!

Secret Wishes Black Widow Costume

It’s also no surprise what one of our most popular costumes is. Batman has been at the top of the super-heap for years thanks to his realistic character and . . . recent portrayal at the movies. So our most popular costume, the Deluxe Muscle Chest Batman Brave and Bold Kids Costume, takes not only Batman’s base popularity, but adds in the following from the Brave and the Bold television show.

Kids Batman CostumeThanks for reading! Don’t miss out on entering our second annual sweepstakes for a chance at great prizes every week until Halloween!

Videos for the Lacking Fan

Superhero fan videos
Superhero fans make their own

Fans are rabid for superheroes. They froth at the mouth for them. Recently we’ve been buried under superhero movies, but for some it does not move quickly enough. They have taken to creating – forging – their own shareable videos to help themselves through the lean months. There are far too many here to count, but we present for you a select few.

Be Kind, Rewind, an indie movie released in 2006, gives us the term “sweded.” The straight-up site for the term ( defines it as “the summarized recreation of popular pop-culture films using limited budgets and a camcorder.” This term is well-liked for fans of superhero movies, which traditionally have high budgets and incredible CGI. Taking the spectacle and reducing it to cardboard and flashlights is enjoyed by many. For example, the videos on this page (which include a number of non-superhero trailers for extra flavor).

Lego fans have their very own term, Brickfilms, for movies made in stop-motion brickery. It was no doubt a certainty superhero movies (or more accurately, their trailers) and Legos would meet, with trailers like the following:

This page has a bevy of other videos, but be warned — this rabbit hole goes deep. Where will you be when you climb out again?

It’s nearly set in stone that a DC vs. Marvel film will never occur. There is too much politics, too many issues about creative rights and such forth. But still, doesn’t the following video just rock the house?

It does. It makes one sad to think, for reasons this simple blog could never comprehend, we will never be able to have a full movie with such grandeur. But how could it possibly live up to our expectations? The build-up would be too great, the team assembled would have names vying for top billing – how could any movie made by mortal hands assuage us after being assured of its holiness for so long?

Or maybe it would rock!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this short list of videos, for the fans and by the fans. Tell us your favorite fan-made superhero creations, and come back here for more cool stuff!

Strange, Hugo: Character Corner

Hugo Strange
Hugo Strange

Batman’s villains are many and varied. The Joker’s chaotic jokes, Two-Face’s split-personality shenanigans, and the Riddler’s deadly games are just a thin slice of the delicious villain-cake that Batman has to eat (battle) endlessly. These enemies have their personalities set in stone; their origin stories, though perhaps approached with different details, result equally: Joker is an insane clown, the Penguin is a malformed mobster, Mr. Freeze is in his suit, searching for a way to help his wife. Most of the villains have this attribute, but not all of them.

Hugo Strange, mad-scientist-psychologist extraordinaire, is not one of the simple villains.

“Original” History

Strap in. We’re about to take a ride through the fourth dimension.

Hugo Strange first appeared in 1940, in Detective Comics #36, as a scientist that used a concentrated lightning machine to create a dense fog, in which he would rob banks. He escapes from the city’s asylum (before it was dubbed Arkham) and uses a growth hormone to turn a number of other escapees into mindless monsters. Batman beats him. This version maintains Strange’s bald head, glasses, and enviable neckbeard. He returned in the ‘70s: Strange is found running a private hospital, which Bruce Wayne checks in to for radiation burns. Strange discovers Wayne’s secret identity and attempts to auction the knowledge. A crime boss named Rupert Thorne tortures Strange to death before he can get the information out of him, but it was really a yoga technique to slow his heart, and later plots against Batman and Thorne, “haunting” Thorne and trying to weaken Wayne before taking his place. He is killed, perhaps for real, when his replica Wayne manor explodes.

Strange seems to be truly dead. In that universe, at least.

The above version is known as the “Earth-One” version. In the Earth-Two version, the origin is the same, up to his apparent death in the forties. Having barely survived the fall, Strange is left crippled and unable to enact his revenge, during which time the Batman of Earth-Two dies. He finally regains his health, and uses his earlier weather machine to take revenge on Batman, Robin, and Batwoman. I know I just said Batman died, but it was the Earth-Two Batman. The Earth-One Batman joined with the other two somehow. Strange was defeated, and ended up using the Cosmic Rod to commit suicide. These events were erased from existence in the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline in 85-86.

We’ve all had days like that.

The next version of Dr. Strange is the “New Earth” version. His origin is similar, but he discovers Batman’s secret identity even quicker – it quickly becomes the running theme for later versions of Strange. He makes his own version of the Batman suit to try and defeat him, attempts to turn public mind against Batman, and kidnaps the mayor’s daughter. He is shot twice and dumped into a river. Having faked his death, he makes his triumphant return by murdering a millionaire. He vows to destroy Batman, in mind and body, using Scarecrow’s toxin. He is nearly successful, but falls into the ocean while fighting Scarecrow.

Sure you are, Strange
Sure you are

Deciding he must kill Bruce Wayne if he wishes to become Batman, he kidnaps Catwoman and confronts Bruce Wayne, who maintains his innocence, escaping and returning as Batman. During the fight, the Batmobile explodes, seemingly killing Batman for once. Strange broke into the Wayne manor wearing his Batsuit, fighting Nightwing and Robin, escaping quickly. The explosion did not kill Batman, but did temporarily confuse Wayne, making him forget he was Batman. Strange suffers a breakdown, voluntarily checking himself into Arkham. He participates in a few smaller adventures, featuring Strange in secondary roles, land him on another planet with a number of other villains.

We’ve almost got the threads unraveled.

In 2011, DC combined all of its existing franchises into one continuity. The Hugo Strange in this continuity – dubbed “Prime Earth” – worked at Arkham Asylum, alongside Harleen Quinzel. His first appearance was in 2012. He hasn’t done much of interest, but is a presence nonetheless.


Hugo Strange grew in the public eye thanks to his magnificent presence in the Arkham City video game. He is able to discern Batman’s true identity, and gets Wayne interred as a result. This kicks off the events of the game. His appearance in the game tracks with his comic book look, but otherwise he is an unknown entity.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this strange character corner. Come back soon for more fun fan information!

July Fourth Superheroes

July Fourth Captain America
You’re welcome

Two of the most well-known superheroes, Captain America and Superman, are both patriotically-minded. Captain America’s red, white, and blue fandom is well-known, and Superman (who, some would say, is the Ur-example of a superhero) was raised on all-American values straight from the vein of the land, by Mr. and Mrs. Kent. So, what adventures do they, and other classic capes, do during this summer holiday, July Fourth?

First off, there’s a likely supervillain attack during these dates. There’s actually a Batman villain named Calendar Man, who pulls heists based on holidays. There are so many villains, in both universes, that the idea these characters have a day off – especially during July Fourth – is almost unthinkable. But not completely.


As Superman is the star-spangled boy scout, he likely enjoys July Fourth a trifle more than the others (even though Wonder Woman’s outfit is red, white, and blue from beginning all the way until nowish), and so it’s up to him to make it fun. Sometimes he has it at the JLA watchtower, address: the moon. There, it’s a tasteful cocktail party, during which they view the simultaneous firework shows all across the U.S. in a glorious panorama of flashing colors that only the super-privileged few can witness.

He also might invite the other superheroes down to the farm. John and Martha Kent know a thing or two about feeding superheroes a healthy home-cooked meal. As long as he can handle a healthy dose of Diana-is-so-nice-you-two-should-get-together, Superman no doubt enjoys having his brightly-dressed and patriotic friends over for dinner.


Depending on what version of Captain America we’re wrestling with (either the movie version, recently awoken and still with one foot in the forties, or the comic book version, which was thawed from the ice in the sixties and is now a little more caught-up). Given the first version, Cap will probably love the classic arrangements of July Fourth, the bbqs and the fireworks and Off, a spray which usually fails to fulfill its promise in relation to bugs and their distance from you.

If we have the comic version of Cap to manipulate, he’ll see the normal trappings and want to kick it up a notch. He’ll set up the fireworks himself, plan the buffet in immaculate detail, and have the SHIELD lab boys develop a powerful new anti-insect toxin which is safe for humans. Since comic books must have a conflict, this will result in a powerful, dangerous new villain that arises, somehow, from the chaos of the event, and must be put in his place by the assembled Marvel cast, be they Avengers or otherwise.

Of course it’s hard to tell what any given character would do for July Fourth, but we can at least be certain we’ll be enjoying ourselves as well. So go on, have a great weekend.

Father’s Day in Comic Book Land

Missing father
It’s really common

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st this year. It’s a day out of the year when we appreciate the hard work and dedication our fathers have poured into us, and are rewarded with ties, cologne, homemade cards, and macaroni pictures. It’s too bad no one ever celebrates it in the comic books.

With the sort of-exception of Superman (his actual parents are dead – since his planet blew up – but his adoptive parents are alive), the comic world is full of orphans. The obvious example is batman, whose parent’s deaths are part of his origin story, but this is a long-standing tradition from both Marvel and DC. It’s more prominent in Marvel (thanks mostly to Stan Lee, who was in love with the idea): Peter Parker’s parents are nowhere to be seen and his grand-uncle Ben is killed as his origin, a large number of X-Men are orphans (such as Cyclops and Professor X), Daredevil, Sue and Johnny Storm from the Fantastic Four, and even Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp.

It’s an all-too common trope that we see repeated endlessly in superhero books and movies. And it’s not reserved for the capes, either! Plenty of superhero villains are orphans, as well as classic characters like Luke Skywalker (sort of), Harry Potter, a whole lot of fairy tale characters, and most child video game characters.

Why does this idea come up so much? At the beginning it was for obvious reasons: Batman wanted to avenge his parents by capturing criminals. Superman’s dead biological parents are a necessity in order to get him to Earth, and Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben was killed to teach Spider-Man an important lesson that would help him become a superhero. After that, it begins to become more of “the parents will get in the way of the main character,” especially in video games and literature. Eventually, it comes down to being parent-less, even just one, gives more emotional credence to a character, gives them more freedom, and allows for easy angst.

It’s a tragic event for anyone to go through losing a parent, and commonly something that creates a drastic change. When a character has this as part of his or her beginning, it is rarely ever treated as this, though this is usually because the death has happened far enough in the past for it to be a partially-healed pain, or have them never know their parents.

We’re thankful that the frequency of deaths in real life doesn’t match what it is in pop culture. This Father’s Day, be sure to appreciate your father from keeping you from being a superhero.

Happy father's day

Origin Story: Graduation and the Hero

What's your origin story?
What’s your origin story?

It’s the end of the school year, which means you or someone you know may be graduating shortly. It’s the perfect time to find an item that will help you stand out in the crowd, no matter what color your robes are. It’s an important time for any person, and we’re going to look at the superhero version of the graduation: The origin story.

Everyone knows the most famous origin stories, but why? It’s because they give a good emotional balance to the character. Superman was told the importance of helping others, and from adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent he was given a keen sense of the goodness in life, something that never left him.

Bruce Wayne, witnessing his parent’s violent murder, was left shocked. He dedicated himself to preventing the same kind of tragedy for anyone else, as well as harnessing his fear to become something that would empower him instead of debilitate him. Peter Parker, accidentally allowing the man that would kill his Uncle Ben to go past, learned quickly the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility.” He learns that his powers give him the chance to help people, and that he must either accept the calling he’s been given or do nothing even though he could

All of these origin stories have one thing in common: a period that tells them what it means to be a hero. It gives them a challenge they must face continually to remain heroic.

What was your origin story? It’s possible you haven’t encountered it yet, or it might have happened long ago. You could be going through it now. It doesn’t have to be over by the time Pomp and Circumstance plays. It may very well be difficult or painful, but being a hero has never been easy.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this discussion. Come back next week for more superhero talk!

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

Top Superhero Video Games

Superhero video games
Which Superhero game is the best?

Comic books and video games go hand-in-hand. Both existed in our culture together as prime engagements for kids, and it was inevitable that they would eventually meet. Today, we’re going to list five of the best superhero video games. To make things easier for us, we’ve narrowed the selection down to comic book characters, not just characters in video games that could be described as superheroes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

While not traditional heroes, these masked creatures were originally comic book characters, and fit the superhero bill otherwise. With up to four players and an insanely fun combat system that was all the rage the time it was released, this simple arcade game provided an unlimited supply of fun.

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom (2/3)

Fans are split on which game is better, but both the second and third game is this 2D fighting series hit sweet spots. Roster depth on both sides, each character with a unique style and move set, a difficult system to master, and great graphical details.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

Using the same idea as such classics like Gauntlet, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance adds Marvel characters (Over 140!) to the mix, and the end result is an engaging brawler with a bevy of unlockable items and secrets to find.

X-Men Arcade

Get five friends together and pick your mutant, things are about to get wild. Simple controls (attack, jump, and mutant ability) plus a huge range of characters to both play as and battle help this old title stack up. Plus, how many other games let six people play at once?

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum

Arkham City, and its similar predecessor Arkham Asylum, did something no other video had yet accomplished: Make a Batman game where you are as stealthy, strong, and smart as the dark knight himself. Plenty of video games made him strong, others made him smart or stealthy, but all three was an unheard-of event. Rocksteady studios changed all that, and also gave us the greatest superhero video game of all time.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list. Did we leave any off? Which one was your favorite?

Harley Quinn Character Corner

Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn’s original look

Every few weeks at the Superhero costume blog, we talk about a superhero character in greater detail. This week, we’re talking about the Joker’s number one gal, Harley Quinn!

Original version:

Harleen Quinzel — First appearing in the Batman Animated Series, with a genius-level IQ and a scholarship in gymnastics — attended Gotham State University, majoring in psychiatry. A disastrous experiment involving her then-boyfriend, Guy Kopski, resulted in him shooting a hobo and asking Harleen to help him kill himself. It is unknown whether or not she helped him, but he died after the gun was fired.

After graduating with glowing references, Harleen started working at Arkham Asylum, requesting to meet the Joker as soon as possible based on a claim of writing a book about serial killers. Her experience with Guy Kopski endeared her to the Joker’s “chaos” theory of humanity, and she quickly fell in love him the Joker. She helped him escape several, began calling herself Harley Quinn, and was herself committed when finally caught.

Referring to the Joker as “Puddin,’” and breaking out of Arkham several times on her own, Harley became Joker’s second-in-command, if such a thing could even exist. After a while she saw acknowledged his abusive behavior and split off, becoming a crime boss on her own terms, though this would end with a member of her own gang putting a hit on her, forcing her into hiding.

Other versions:

Harley Quinn’s first appearances are in the Batman animated series, which ran from 1992-95. She was immensely popular with the fandom, prompting her inclusion in the main universe. She has been featured in works of her own, and is a recurring antagonist in the Batman Arkham Asylum video game series.

Harley Quinn and friends in Arkham Asylum
Harley Quinn and friends in Arkham Asylum

We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Character Corner. Come back next week for more fun fan information!

Valentine’s Day plans

Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day cards

The life of a Superhero isn’t always fighting villains and stopping criminals. Sometimes, if they’re lucky, they can find a night of quiet romance with a loved one on Valentine’s Day. Read on to discover what your favorite heroes and heroines are doing on the fourteenth.

Captain America:

Valentine’s Day as we understand it now has been in the public eye since about the beginning of the nineteenth century, so luckily Steve Rogers is well aware of this Holiday. However, things have changed drastically since he took his ice nap, and as he’s currently available, what better time to dip his toe in the dating world? Maybe he has someone special in mind, or maybe he’ll stand outside the Avengers tower with a hand-made “Be my Valentine” sign.

Superman and Lois Lane:

Lois has two dates tonight, the first at a lovely candlelit dinner with co-worker Clark Kent, and the second with Superman at some romantic locale (the moors of Scotland? The misty Yangtze River? The endless Amazon rain forest?) Whether or not she knows the two men are one and the same can be up to you.

Iron Man:

When Tony Stark goes, he goes big. Pepper Potts is, probably correctly, a bit afraid of what he has planned (she also is prepared for what will happen if he forgets, which is why she reserved a table at a five-star restaurant and got herself a one-hundred dollar gift card to Gucci). In the end, Iron Man comes through with a Concorde trip to Paris and, somehow, getting the Eiffel Tower privately for the night.

Wonder Woman:

At first Wonder Woman dismissed Valentine’s Day as offal produced by a patriarchal society, but then came to realize its power for women. Women rule on Valentine’s Day. However, dedicated as she is to crime-fighting, she isn’t in a relationship. She ends up having a platonic meal with Batman at the JLA watchtower.


Due to an unfortunate history romantically, Spider-Man, well:


Thanks for reading, and we hope you have a great Valentine’s Day, no matter what your plans are. Come back next week for more fun Superhero information! Spread the love with these superhero cards!

Holiday Superhero Costumes

It’s December; the glorious Holiday season is upon us. Maybe your shopping is almost done and you’re looking for that last perfect item, or you need a fun present quick for your household superhero fan. We can help you with both, and we present the five most popular kids costumes this Holiday season:

#5: Complete Classic Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kids Costume

Holiday superhero costumes
Complete Classic Amazing Spider-Man 2 Costume

One of Marvel’s most famous superheroes is also one of our most popular costumes year-in and year-out! This outfit, based on the 2014 movie, also comes with a pair of gloves, boot covers, and an Amazing Spider-Man 2 treat bag, to make sure everything is perfect for this great gift!

#4: Complete Deluxe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Kids Costume

Make him the leader of the TMNT squad with this colorful and fun outfit! With additional plastic katana and Ninja Turtles trick-or-treat pail accessories; your sewer-dweller will have everything he needs to become his favorite movie hero!

#3: Complete Deluxe Muscle Chest Batman Dark Knight Rises Kids Costume with Accessories

Gotham’s hero is a fantastic Holiday present for a comic book or movie fan in your home! Comes with plenty of items to get him ready to battle Joker, such as a grappling hook, gloves, and a trick-or-treat pail. Your young hero will love keeping the night safe from villains with this fun outfit!

#2: Complete Deluxe Indiana Jones Kids Costume with Accessories

The greatest adventurer of all time is here for the Holidays when you get this complete item! From ancient temples to dangerous rides in desert canyons, the included gun belt, toy whip, and satchel bag will help your young pulp hero feel like the best treasure hunter of them all.

#1: Complete deluxe Joker Dark Knight Kids Costume with Accessories

Batman’s greatest nemesis is here for the Holiday season with our most popular kid’s complete costume! Taken from the 2008 Dark Knight movie, this purple-and-green outfit, complete with gloves and a Joker walking stick, is the ultimate gift for a superhero movie fan this year!

Don’t miss out on grabbing these fun items for a last-minute gift; you’re sure to enjoy the Holidays with these items!