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Round-Up: Celebrities in Comic Book Costumes

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Jamie Canaves

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Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

I’m always looking forward to October and Halloween. While I personally don’t need a holiday to gorge on candy and dress in a costume, it’s fun when everyone else joins in. Something I am not looking forward to this year however are the amount of politically inspired costumes I fear are on the horizon. I consoled myself by eating the supply of candy we had for trick-or-treaters and looking up past celebrity costumes inspired by comic book characters. It instantly made me feel better so I thought I’d share my favorite celebrities in comic book costumes.

Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka are amazing at putting together family costumes.

Happy Halloween from Gotham City!!

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Not only did Alyssa Milano and her superhero family have awesome costumes but she later tweeted a photo of herself as Wonder Woman breastfeeding to #normalizebreastfeeding.

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Trick or treat from Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, and Green Lantern!

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#tbt 2014 Wonder Woman! #normalizebreastfeeding

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If anyone can pull off the Hulk costume without needing padding it’s Dwayne Johnson.

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Zooey Deschanel as Batgirl is pretty perfect. (I like to imagine this as Zooey as Jess as Batgirl.)

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Happy Halloweeeeeen!!!!

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Patton Oswalt very intelligently used his connections for this impressive costume–although I’m pretty sure doorways were his enemy.

This was posted oné without any information so I’m not sure what it’s from but I honestly don’t care because this one photo makes it official that Beyoncé is Spider-man–and the only one.

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In 2014 Rihanna and friends brought the TMNTs to life and it was awesome! More pics here.

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Poppy Delevingne as Harley Quinn at the 2015 UNICEF Halloween Ball–here’s hoping she didn’t go Beyoncé bat-swinging happy after the party.


Ciara’s 30th birthday superhero themed party looks like the greatest party ever.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita are adorable as Batman and Robin.

Now here’s hoping we’ll soon start seeing celebrities in Bitch Planet, Saga, and Rat Queens inspired costumes!