So you're going to punch yourself?

(From "The Green Mask" number 7, 1941.)

13 Responses to So you're going to punch yourself?

  1. Gero says:

    Jeff, please tell me we’re doing a bad-costume day entry on Green Mask. This guy is just the epitome of awful outfit design…

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    Really? I kind of like him! I mean, it’s of course very basic, but he started in 1939 I think, right at the dawn of the genre, so you can forgive a bit of the basics. But I dig the racing stripe and the rolled effect of the gloves and the riding boots … even the mask is kind of neat. What don’t you like about it?

  3. X-stacy says:

    …He caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror, didn’t he?

  4. Frankie says:

    Night Bird: “What? Where?”(blinks his eyes, one at a time.)

  5. Nick Hentschel says:

    This is a *credible* costume, like someone really would put together out of odds-and-ends; it’s just not a very *appealing* one.
    At best, it foreshadows some future outfits: the mask reminds me of Antonio Banderas’s cobbled-together disguise from “The Mask of Zorro,” and the racing stripe is a bit Han Solo.

  6. Gero says:

    Well, for starters, I think the colors clash. Green mask, dark blue cape/leggings, light blue unitard, red collar/sash just don’t mesh well at all (in my opinion at least). Then we have the style(s). The sash and bandana-with-eyeholes style mask are kind of Dred Pirate Roberts-y, while the boots and striped leggings are more military styled. And I’m not sure what the unitard w/matching gloves represents, but it doesn’t really match anything else on the costume. The cape isn’t too bad, but the clashing collar color (red and blue are basically opposites, just look at Superman) kind of wrecks it. Altogether I just think it’s not a very good costume…I don’t know, maybe it’s just me?

  7. Myro says:

    I dunno, Gero. This isn’t a great costume by any stretch, but it’s not that bad either.

  8. E.C. says:

    It kind of looks like he made his costume out of old pajamas that were sitting in the back of his wardrobe.

  9. Nick Hentschel says:

    E.C. (8): Isn’t that how Spidey started? 😉

  10. punkjay says:

    What do you ecpect from a guy who the best name he could come up with is “The Green Mask”? Besides the fact he stole his pants from a Civil War reinactor. Serously dude, 1867 wants it’s wardrobe back

  11. Patriot_Missile says:

    Kinda like how the Blue Raja’s costume wasn’t exactly blue all over… Anywho, Mr JH’s headline reminded me of one of the worst action figures I’d ever seen. It’s a 1989 Lex Luthor figure, which came in two versions, evil purple jacket or power armor. The purple suit’s feature was a “power punch” (which I’m sure Lex never had). Here’s the link…

  12. EnderX says:

    I know I’m somewhat late in posting an entry here, but I have a question about that image…

    Exactly which leg is it we’re seeing the boot on? I can’t tell if it’s the right or the left.

  13. Jeff Hebert says:

    I believe that’s his right leg.