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Hourman

Created by Bernard Bally and Ken Fitch, Hourman first appeared in 1940. He quickly became a beloved character in what would be known as the Golden Age of comics. Originally the mantle was worn by Rex Tyler who gained his powers for one hour at a time through the use of Miraclo.

Rick Tyler – the bearer of the Hourman name since 2011 – has a different look than the one pictured above. But who doesn’t love a good Golden Age costume?!

To start you’ll need a yellow hooded cape. Hourman’s includes a mask that covers his face but that’s a bit hard to find. You can closely recreate the look with a black face mask that blends with the shadows inside the hood of your cape. You’ll also want an hourglass pendant that you either glue to your cape or fashion into a necklace of some kind.

Under that you’ll want yellow compression pants over which you wear a black long-sleeves singlet. Wrap a red belt around your waist like the one pictured above (though you’ll have to trim the pictured belt quite a bit once you have it sized properly). Finish off the look with some red boots painted with black stripes and you’re ready to go!

Homelander from The Boys

Homelander is a character in the Amazon TV series, The Boys, played by Antony Starr. He is the leader of The Seven, a team of superheroes who actually do more harm than good. His powers include flight, super strength, super hearing, plus x-ray and laser vision. Despite his symbolic similarities to Superman and Captain America, he is the antagonist. While the public thinks of him as a benevolent hero, he is actually vain, twisted, and power-obsessed. He is probably the most evil and sociopathic of The Seven. Billy Butcher knows his true character, and seeks revenge on him for the death of his wife.

Green Hornet

The Green Hornet (1960s)

Wealthy playboy by day and masked vigilante by night, the Green Hornet’s story is not unlike most popular superheroes. It is his unique fighting style, heavily inspired by Asian martial arts, that sets him apart. The Green Hornet has entertained families since the 1930s, appearing on radio shows, a black-and-white TV show (starring Van Williams) in the 1960s, and even a movie (featuring Seth Rogen) in 2011.

Black Noir from The Boys

Black Noir from The Boys

Black Noir (played by Nathan Mitchell) is the most mysterious of The Seven. He’s one of the deadliest martial artists on the planet but that’s almost the only thing known about him other than his enhanced strength and senses.

If you cosplay Black Noir, you have two options. The first is to get custom pieces but that can get pricey. The second is to use existing pieces that get you the same look though it won’t be exact. In this case, a padded motorcycle jacket and motorcycle pants give you Black Noir’s protected look. A tactical helmet and black knit balaclava will keep your face covered though you will have to work out some sort of tinting for the lenses. Finally black combat boots and tactical gloves fully conceal your identity and turn you into Black Noir

shazam

Shazam!

In the DC Extended Universe film Shazam, Billy Batson (Zachary Levi) is a troubled teenaged boy who is chosen as the “Champion of Eternity” by the ancient wizard Shazam. With this, he is able to transform into an adult with superpowers when he calls the sorcerer’s name, “Shazam!”

The Spirit

The Spirit is a fictional masked crimefighter created by cartoonist Will Eisner. He’s a masked vigilante who fights crime with the blessing of the city’s police. I recommend finding a way to make your tie stick out to the side, probably by putting a wire into it.

The Phantom

The Phantom is one man in a line of crimefighters whose responsibilities are passed along from father to son. He doesn’t have any superpowers but relies on his reputation of being immortal to strike fear into criminals. He was the first superhero to start the trend of wearing a skintight costume, which unfortunately included the skintight underwear.

Superman / Clark Kent

Superman, who was born Kal-El, is sent to Earth just before the destruction of his home planet, Krypton. He gains his powers from the sun and is able to fly faster than a speeding bullet, is more powerful than a locomotive, and is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. If you’d rather not wear your underwear on the outside, then you can always dress up as Superman’s alias, Clark Kent.

Captain America

A frail Steve Rogers takes an experimental serum and becomes Captain America, a World War II hero and leader of the Avengers. As the name suggests, he’s pretty patriotic, garbing himself head to toe in the stars and stripes. Most recently, Cap has been played by actor Chris Evans.

Spider-Man

When Peter Parker gets bit by a radioactive spider on a school field trip (don’t you hate when that happens?), he develops super strength, the ability to cling to any surface, and a spidey sense. At that point, he has no choice but to build web shooters for his wrists and call himself Spider-Man.