Superheroes in comic books have captured the imagination of children since the first part of the twentieth century. Comic book superheroes first transitioned from paper to film with the early serials. Superheroes fill television screens and movie screens every year. Superheroes also serve as inspiration for many Halloween costumes. While actual superhero character costumes represent one option, devising your own unique superhero allows for more creativity. It also provides a costume concept that's unique.
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Superhero on the Cheap
One approach to a created superhero costume involves spoofing the concept by building a "superhero on the cheap" costume. Build a superhero costume from items sitting around the house. Wear coloured long underwear with shorts on the outside. Rain boots can serve as the footwear. A colander or metal bowl becomes a helmet. A dustbin lid acts as a shield. A blanket plays the role of a cape. Work gloves or rubber cleaning gloves can cover the hands.
Colours represent an important part of a superhero costume. Decide what type of character your hero will be and what superpowers are possessed. Different types of characters will have different colour schemes. A character like Batman who depends on surprise and secrecy as weapons calls for dark colours. A superhero seeking to be seen, though, would go with bold colours. Some superpowers might suggest certain colours; for instance, fire creation or manipulation could call for the use of red or orange.
Nearly all superheroes wear masks. Many variants exist in terms of types of masks. Characters like Robin and Green Lantern wear eye masks only. Batman and Captain America have nearly full face masks. Spiderman's mask covers his entire head, while Iron Man wears a helmet. Consider functionality and the design skills required for a mask type when deciding. A helmet-type mask is going to be more difficult to create than a eye mask. A full face mask will need to be removed in order to eat.
Accessories present a multitude of options for creativity and variety. Some characters wear capes, while others do not. Weapons are often a part of superhero costumes, with a wide range of possibilities. The Punisher, for instance, packs a lot of power in the form of firearms, while Thor has a hammer. A shield also works well. Consider jewellery, such as a ring of power (Green Lantern), an amulet (Doctor Strange) or even bracelets (Wonder Woman).
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