The Ultimate Guide to Unleashing Your Inner Superhero

Superheroes provide limitless opportunities for cosplayers – and for average folk, when they decide to let down their hair (and their guard!). Some are undoubtedly more popular than others, however.

Here we take a look at some of the characters most likely to get a bank manager sporting a cape, while offering some invaluable advice on how you can discover your very own comic book superhero!

Superman

Superman cosplay

Clark Kent’s alter ego is not only the original superhero; he is also one that has not lost his popularity since he first appeared in 1938. Men can’t get enough of dressing up like Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster’s most famous creation, not least because there are not that many opportunities in life to wear your pants on the outside of your clothes. 

Sadly, his quest for justice, truth and American perfection is not that easy to achieve but his costume certainly is. Even a monkey with a sewing machine could probably manage to create that trademark ‘S’ and dance shops are full of catsuits that can be altered slightly to fit. As for the cape, we recommend that you pick one up from your local fancy dress shop; this can then be teamed with a pair of pants and a yellow belt.

 

Spider-Man

Spider-Man and Venom cosplay

The Spider-Man costume is another easy one to replicate if you get hold of a red all-in-one and a black marker pen. There’s something hugely liberating about hiding your face and identity as well, although it’s wise to remember that the law of the land still stands.

Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Marvel masterpiece is as popular today as he was when he was introduced in 1962.

One of the greatest things about superheroes is that there are so many of them to choose from. You may stand out dressed as Spidey at the bus stop but you might want to pick something a little more unusual for a specialist event. Here are just a few ideas.

 

Wasp

Wasp cosplay

If you have a liking for the Catwoman get-up but want something more original, how about copying the look of one of the original Avengers, Wasp. Use a black catsuit or Morphsuit, also known as a ‘Second Skin’, but add a few yellow stripes on the chest and you are well on the way.

This costume is undoubtedly a sexy option but it is also one that demonstrates a good degree of girl power. Wasp was right at the front of the 1960s feminist superhero movement, despite starting out as just Giant-Man’s bubbly wife.

 

The Flash

The Flash cosplay

There are plenty of men who like nothing better than to get their legs into a skin-tight suit and Flash provides another great opportunity to do just that. His costume looks great and is easy to re-create with a red leotard, tights, some yellow felt, a pair of scissors and glue. His name also provides endless opportunities for visual humour.

 

Do it yourself

Do It Yourself original cosplay characters

If none of these superheroes inspire you, there is always the possibility of creating your very own alter-ego by letting your imagination go wild. Try experimenting with contact lenses and make-up to change beyond all recognition, such as The Hulk or the characters from Avatar.

Start by creating a back story. It doesn’t really matter what this is as becoming your own super hero is more about what you can achieve than where you are from. Then, decide on your super power.

Next, pick an alter-ego. Choose your persona and your name. Pick a theme tune, create a costume, and even invent a catchphrase. Then it is time to enlist your arch-nemesis – your very own Lex Luther or Joker. This person can put your skills to the test – or just make you look better in your costume, whichever you choose.

Now it is time to embark on your own super adventure, free of everyday worries and stress. Cast off your cares as you cast off your jeans and become the hero you have always been inside.

Who is your inner comic book superhero?

 

WIN! The Act Of Letting Go album by Cellarscape

Having already chatted to Paul Terry – AKA Cellarscape – about his new album The Act Of Letting Go, it’s time for one lucky winner to get their hands on a free copy! 

However, this isn’t just any old copy. Paul has produced an ‘Ultra Limited Art Book CD Edition’ of the 12-track album, which includes a 52-page art book with full lyrics and paintings by artist Paul Shubrook. This is backed up by a bonus 20-page digital booklet of Niki Jones’ photography and music-video stills.

Paul Terry Cellarscape The Act Of Letting Go _ArtBook

This deluxe version is available at the Bandcamp store but you better hurry up as there are only ever going to be 500 copies! Amazingly, we’ve got one of them give away to a lucky MyM reader and all you have to do to win is answer this question:

How many records has Cellarscape released in total?

A) 2

B) 5

C) 7

To enter, send your answer along with your name, address and telephone number to competitions@mymags.net. The closing date for this competition is 11 June and full rules can be found online at Mymags.net/competitions. 

The album itself – along with all of Cellarscape’s previous records – is available from major music sites such as iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and Spotify.

WIN! Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day art book

Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day is a unique mix of storytelling that blends short anime films and a videogame.

Those looking to immerse themselves even further into these different (but connected) elements will be happy to hear there’s now a 288-page art book featuring Katsuhiro Otomo’s work.

It comes packed with storyboards, screenshots and concept visuals from the four anime movies (A Farewell To Weapons, Combustible, Gambo and Possessions).

Short Peace art book

Originally available as a pre-order bonus with Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day at Game.co.uk, this art book is now off the shelves. However, thanks to our friends at Namco Bandai, we’ve managed to get hold of five copies to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:
Which award was the short film Possessions nominated for in 2014?

A) Academy Award

B) Saturn Award

C) Sci-fi London Award

To enter, send your answer along with your name, address and telephone number to competitions@mymags.net. The closing date for this competition is 11 June and full rules can be found online at Mymags.net/competitions.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Competition!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED 
 
Thanks to our friends at Tecmo Koei and to celebrate the release of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, we’ve got an amazing competition to win some exclusive swag! 
 
Five lucky winners will walk away with a copy of the swanky Special Edition on PS3, which contains a copy of the game itself, the game’s original soundtrack, a gorgeous full colour Yaiba comic book by Dark Horse Comics and Yaiba-themed DLC costumes for Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji in Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate. 
 
To compliment the game, winners will also receive a super-special zombie USB stick, packed with the Official Sountrack and Yaiba wallpapers, which aren’t available anywhere else in Europe. Even better, you’ll also receive an exclusive Press Kit, previously only available to us privileged few. This fancy black tube contains a wooden, engraved USB stick containing trailers, a booklet detailing the zombies of Yaiba and a gorgeous Yaiba wall scroll. 
 
Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z
To be in with a chance of winning one of these five amazing prize bundles, simply answer the following question: 
 
What is the name of Yaiba Kamikaze’s killer and mortal enemy in Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z? 
A) Ryu Hayabusa 
B) Joe Musashi 
C) Strider Hiryu 
 
Please send your answer, your name, your phone number and your full postal address in an email to competitions@mymags.net.
 
THIS COMPETITION ENDS 10 APRIL 2014.
 
Full rules and conditions for the competition can be found online here. Good luck!