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Old 11-04-2011, 01:51 PM
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What was this Halloween mask from the '70s?

I just saw the cover of the Steve Miller Band's The Joker again and I was reminded of the mask being worn in the photograph. I had that mask, and I think I had the costume that went with it. But I never really knew what it was, sort of assumed it was kind of an off-brand Spider-Man type guy. Does anyone have any more information about it?

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Old 11-04-2011, 01:54 PM
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I'm getting a "File not found" error when I click the link.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:56 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TheJoker.jpg

Beats me.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:00 PM
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Concur. In fact that's the first time I've noticed that it's a mask and not facepaint. I always took it to be a parody of Kiss.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:04 PM
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Found this: a Collegeville Costumes catalog from 1974. Check out the bottom right.

http://plaidstallions.com/collegeville/19744.html
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:10 PM
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Photo of one here. Buy your own on E-Bay!

http://ebay.com/itm/Collegeville...-/270808400757
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:12 PM
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Good work, pravnik!
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:19 PM
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Hey, thanks! So it was just a generic "The Spider." I notice the caped "The Bat," so it seems pretty clear that they were making cheapo versions of proprietary characters.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:31 PM
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Photo of one here. Buy your own on E-Bay!

http://ebay.com/itm/Collegeville...-/270808400757
I wonder if Miller would have sold as many albums if he'd worn the tiger mask.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:58 PM
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Concur. In fact that's the first time I've noticed that it's a mask and not facepaint. I always took it to be a parody of Kiss.
I had it considerably before Kiss became big.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:03 PM
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It looks like a take off on a Mexican wrestling mask.
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I had it considerably before Kiss became big.
I should have said that I knew the album came out before Kiss was well-known, but that in my mind they were more-or-less contemporaneous because pretty much all early 70s music happened at the same time, since I didn't really start sorting out individual artists and albums and whatnot until I was around 8 or so. The only group whose timeline I've never been confused by is the Pink Floyd, who I didn't get into until high school.
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To be more precise, I never had the Steve Miller album. I had the mask.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:03 PM
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That mask is Flame Retarded.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:38 AM
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I just saw the cover of the Steve Miller Band's The Joker again and I was reminded of the mask being worn in the photograph. I had that mask, and I think I had the costume that went with it. But I never really knew what it was, sort of assumed it was kind of an off-brand Spider-Man type guy. Does anyone have any more information about it?
What I want to know is, how did you try to link the Steve Miller Band and end up linking to [unintended link]?

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Presumably he had the other link copied into his clipboard, and just didn't realize he'd forgotten to copy the new link before pasting.
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Yes, that's exactly what happened.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:36 AM
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Presumably he had the other link copied into his clipboard, and just didn't realize he'd forgotten to copy the new link before pasting.
I saw someone quite well-known on the SDMB (who shall remain nameless) do that with a porn link once.
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SDMB members viewing pornography? I am shocked! Shocked, sir!
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:09 AM
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SDMB members viewing pornography? I am shocked! Shocked, sir!
It's true!
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My first though when I saw the cover was "that's the worst album cover I've seen for a big label release". But if you look at Steve Miller's other covers, they look like they were made for five dollars or were made by deranged graphic designers. Jeesh Steve could you put a little money into your albums designs?
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:15 PM
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Maybe he knew that by 2011 album cover art would be smaller than a postage stamp and thus there was no need to spend time or money on it.
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:30 PM
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What's a postage stamp?
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:14 PM
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I wonder if Miller would have sold as many albums if he'd worn the tiger mask.
That's a lion.
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70's superhero mask

Back in the 70's, i used to watch ch. 22 on UHF. They showed alot of Japanese live action and cartoon shows like Speed Racer, Kimba the White Lion, and Johnny Sako and the Giant Robot. There were several superhero shows too, including the original Power Rangers, and a bunch of similar shows, with costumed heroes and rubber-suited monsters. This costume is the hero from one of those shows, but i can't remember his name. It was one of my favorites at the time, and i wore this costume three Halloweens in a row, even though it was already too small after the first year. If i ever recall the the name, i'll let you know.

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Old 04-28-2016, 01:56 AM
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My first though when I saw the cover was "that's the worst album cover I've seen for a big label release". But if you look at Steve Miller's other covers, they look like they were made for five dollars or were made by deranged graphic designers. Jeesh Steve could you put a little money into your albums designs?
Rolling Stone ranked it in their top 100 Album covers of all time.
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