Look, it's Copyright Infringement Man!

In the world of advertising and design, two groups inspire more fear than even the Mob or the Legion of Doom — the Girl Scouts of America and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Those people must have a thousand man-eating mutant mind sharks dressed up as attorneys on staff, because if you produce anything even remotely like their logos, they will be on you like The Biggest Losers on the last Twinkie in the package.

Which means you have to give this Golden Age hero a medal for bravery:

You see, your honor, that’s not a red cross on his chest, it’s a red seal. You can tell because it’s in his name, see? No?

Fine, if you won’t take that as definitive proof of his courage, let’s just focus on the fact that he’s willing to go out in public dressed that way. That ginormous chest medallion is so fly I can’t even stand it, but the real clincher in this ensemble is the combination of suspenders and Speedos. That’s a look you just can’t get enough of, Mr. Middle-Aged European Beach Walker. It’s like the Beverly Hillbillies and Errol Flynn had a love child raised in the South of France. “Go away or I shall taunt you with my pallid longshanks a second time!”

Is this already the most random Bad Costume review to date? I report, you decide!

(Image from “Target Comics” volume 2, number 6, 1941.)

17 Responses to Look, it's Copyright Infringement Man!

  1. Now if the Red Cr_ss Seal was a girl, the Laws of Comics would make it a perfectly reasonable wardrobe choice.

    But on a bloke… I believe Aussies call that type of underwear “Budgie Smugglers” for a reason. I don’t know what they’d call them combined with that mask, though. Cause for Arrest, possibly…

  2. “Budgie Smugglers” made me laugh right out loud, fuzztone, thank you!

  3. William Peterson

    Ahh, but don’t they cut you some slack if you’ve got a ‘taut’ figure? {Yuck!}
    Of course, if he spends enough time in the ‘Stygian’ darkness (ewww!), people might not notice the costume, so much as the smell…

  4. There’s a pony buried in there somewhere, he’ll bet his pencil-thin mustache on it!

  5. He could tell them he’s a medic confused about casual Fridays till he gets close and they see the cape . . .

  6. rich willett

    “It’s me! I’m Frist Aid Man! I wear no tights so Mommy can put Bandaids on my knee boo-boos!”

  7. Don’t Rag on Red er SEAL, He won’t let the fact that his suit pants are in the dry cleaners stop HIM fighting crime!

  8. With that bright yellow cape and belt, I bet there’s no “suddenly” about his appearing in any sort of darkness. People will see him coming from a good mile off.

  9. Argh! Where do I start? First off the smaller the cape the dumber you look. The red lines behind the insignia makes him look like he’s wearing a white Flava Flave necklace! The worst fashion offence is the long sleeve shirt and a Speedo. A SPEEDO! All together The Red Seal looks more like Swiss Army Man!

  10. Long-sleeved shirts with short-shorts definitely set off my gaydar. (There’s a reason that Kitten was perfectly safe with Catman) At least Robin had the good taste to wear short sleeves.

  11. ProwlerKnight

    Ok everyones made all the big points so I’ll just go out a say the one thing everyone missed, in all these older comics some of the heroes always appear to have a Gun holster on there person WITH NO GUN!!!! I mean WTF!!!? Why have a holster if you got no gun to fill it, that’s like having a remote with no batteries, it’s just a waste. I know these guys are suppose to fight crime without killing but then why have a F***ing holster then!!!? “Oh the bad guy dropped his gun with his prints on it, good thing I got my random holster…now let’s just strap that there and take it off to the cops for evidence.”

    And it’s not just holsters but sheathes for knives or swords or other random Items, but i guess that all goes under the “excessive pouches” category lol

  12. ProwlerKnight:
    Ok everyones made all the big points so I’ll just go out a say the one thing everyone missed, in all these older comics some of the heroes always appear to have a Gun holster on there person WITH NO GUN!!!! I mean WTF!!!? Why have a holster if you got no gun to fill it, that’s like having a remote with no batteries, it’s just a waste. I know these guys are suppose to fight crime without killing but then why have a F***ing holster then!!!? “Oh the bad guy dropped his gun with his prints on it, good thing I got my random holster…now let’s just strap that there and take it off to the cops for evidence.”

    And it’s not just holsters but sheathes for knives or swords or other random Items, but i guess that all goes under the “excessive pouches” category lol

    I think that’s where he keeps his terrible fashion sense!

  13. Skybandit:
    Long-sleeved shirts with short-shorts definitely set off my gaydar.(There’s a reason that Kitten was perfectly safe with Catman)At least Robin had the good taste to wear short sleeves.

    Agreed, all he really needs now is his shirt tucked in the front, and high heeled boots LOL!

  14. ProwlerKnight

    punkjay: I think that’s where he keeps his terrible fashion sense!

    Or his swiss army knife XD

  15. He’s a sidekick! His fashion sense was probably lost in one too many kicks to the head. Besides, look who he worked with: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/White_Streak

  16. punkjay: The Red Seal looks more like Swiss Army Man!

    I was hoping to make some snarky comment about how the Swiss army dresses better than that, but the reality is that maybe they could stand to learn a thing or two from this guy…

    (Though to be fair, the Swiss do know how to dress for combat.)

  17. logosgal: I was hoping to make some snarky comment about how the Swiss army dresses better than that, but the reality is that maybe they could stand to learn a thing or two from this guy…
    (Though to be fair, the Swiss do know how to dress for combat.)

    Yeah but they are known to always being nutral. Maybe so they don’t wrinkle their uniforms