Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bold Fashion Choices--About A Year Too Late

From Vampirella #99 (1981) (click to embiggen to full awesomeness):

Wow.

From the lack of any specific mention of Battlestar: Galactica (not to mention the lack of any copyright disclaimer...ahem...), this was clearly someone trying to glom onto the red-hot public fever for BSG merchandise with unauthorized knock-offs.

Which is weird, because this is more than a year after the much disdained Galactica 1980 was canceled, pretty much disproving any wide-spread public desire for BSG.

So really, these guys were willing to risk a lawsuit from Universal to market their "space jackets" as worn by "some of your favorite T.V. characters?" In 1980? After Galactica 1980?!? Someone obviously had a very full warehouse of jackets after betting (wrongly) on the revival of Galactica fever.

Then again, these guys weren't to up-to-date in their other references, either, touting "adventures from the disco" more than a year after Funkytown, disco's last gasp. As if trendy discotheques were ever where nerds went to show their cosplay creds...

Still, what do I know? Maybe in late 1981, there were hordes of be-jacketed Colonial Warrior wannabes flooding the floors of still-quietly-thriving discos across the nation.

Oh, that's a bunch of felgercarb....

6 comments:

C.K. Dexter Haven said...

I always thought that 1980 was still the '70s. Kind of like how 1970 was still the '60s. Actually, I'm not sure when the heck the '60s ended--1974? When Nixon ran scared, uh, I mean "resigned in triumph."

God, I miss Watergate, Patty Hearst, and the Falcon as Cap's partner.

Perplexio said...

The thing I remember about the early 80s was learning that 500 years in the future aliens would look remarkably retro-- like 70s disco queens thanks to Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

I was a bit too young to get into BSG, I only vaguely remember the reruns because I did watch the A-Team and initially I couldn't figure out what Face was doing in space.

Jon H said...

"Which is weird, because this is more than a year after the much disdained Galactica 1980 was canceled, pretty much disproving any wide-spread public desire for BSG."

Well, it is Vampirella we're talking about. That's not exactly People Magazine.

googum said...

"New Warrior's Battle Jacket"? Oddly, I could see Speedball, Nova, and Justice wearing those. And thinking they were awesome.

ShadowWing Tronix said...

I want one.

What? I'm a fan of the old show and wouldn't give the recent pretender the time of day.

NINE9INCHE STUD said...

Warrior's Battle Jacketi had this