Oh boy, did we get a lot of people entering the second annual Major Spoilers Costume Contest.  There were over 50 entries from 20 entrants (yes, some people entered multiple times).  Personally, I think all those who entered the contest deserve kudos for taking the time to make their costume and sending it out for the world to see.  You can tell some of the entrants spent a great deal of time on their costumes, and really get into their work.

Without further ado, take the jump to see all the entrants for this year’s contest.

UPDATE:  Voting is now open!


Once again, we had multiple Batman entries


Yes, this is a Batman entry and not a Poison Ivy entry.  Ivy is simply a prop for this entrant, as she won last year’s contest with her Catwoman costume.



And Batman villains








Superman showed up this year


as did Bizzaro


DC characters abound in the contest this year

Like Black Adam


Green Lantern


And apparently the entire Green Lantern Corps


and his Earth-3 counterpart


Can’t have a contest without Wonder Woman!


And Donna Troy


But don’t think this is a DC only contest, as there were plenty of Marvel characters too.




















There’s also an army of Iron Men!  Thanks to Brent Williamson for taking the time to work with kids in his area to make up these costumes!


Should I be concerned there were more people dressed as villains than heroes?

This year Major Spoilers also had more than a few movie and television entrants…









And it is always nice to see someone enter who is actually a character from video games.


And don’t forget the rest of the comic scene





Alas, William Shatner did not take us up on the challenge to enter the contest dressed as Kirk.

So who made the finals?  I have to say all the entrants were really good.  So good that we here at the Major Spoilers HQ are still tabulating the our top 5.  Those finalists will be announced tomorrow, along with the opening of the Major Spoilers Costume Contest voting system, where you, yes you get to decide who will win the grand prize.

Thanks again to everyone who entered.  Those who didn’t, now have 360 days until the deadline for the Third Annual Major Spoilers Costume Contest.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Lifeisaglitch
    October 26, 2008 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    My Top 5

    Wonderwoman: including Donna Troy, awesome likeness seriously! And great poses.

    Red Skull…. So much awesome, so many details….Horribly good! (Actually frightening)

    Two Face: I feel slanted because its one of my favorite characters, but then i look again and see the contactlenses, the Janus suit and the hair color. Major Kudos!

    Doom: The eyes, you have the eyes of a madman. And the suit is an awesome piece of work in itself!

    Ms Marvel: Awesome background and the perspective is great. Once again there’s an eerie likeness.

    Black Cat, Spiderman, Superman They are all freaking phenomenal!

  2. Creep
    October 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm — Reply


    Red Skull is genius
    Two Face too…
    the last one….who is that? great dress
    I like Ivy in the first one, ’cause of the courage for nudity (but she should be green…)..a pitty, that’s just the Batman
    but who’s that http://www.majorspoilers.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10a/costumecontest2008/15i.jpg ??

  3. October 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    My personal votes have to go to the Donna Troy, Ms Marvel, and the White Queen lookalikes. All three were amazing…

  4. October 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    The Red Skull is an awesome photo.
    Probably also an awesome costume, tough I can’t make out everything due to the lighting.

    My other favs include:
    Black Cat
    and *gasp* Hordak!

  5. Roy
    October 26, 2008 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    Yeah,the Hordak one threw me for a loop! I had forgotten all about him!

    That Two-Face was INCREDIBLY well done. The detail in the makeup was spectacular.

  6. Lifeisaglitch
    October 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm — Reply

    Oh btw i feel the Punisher one shouldnt go this far without a mention. Looks gritty, has a ton of detail, and the dude actually makes a badass stance…Still he looks a lot like the dude from WANTED which threw me off for a bit.

    BTW is that Julian in the fedora and if so who is he supposed to be?? O_o

  7. mosdef
    October 26, 2008 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    red skull ftw!!!! ms. marvel ftw!!!

  8. October 26, 2008 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    Extra credit points need to go to the Batman in front of the corrugated steel wall- he has the authentic pose from the plastic hobby model is had in the 60s. On another note, some GUYS should reallly think about wearing full body spandex in public. There’s a reason some costumes NEED those boxer shorts…or a jockstrap…or a cup… or some tape.
    I dunno- female costume, all look great, Black Widow and Wonder Woman are neck and neck to me…OK Natasha wins for that great gold belt, but only just. Red Skull gets it for concept.

  9. hermit
    October 26, 2008 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    wow, my costume is nowhere near that good. good thing i didn’t enter. but wait for next year.

    i like the first poison ivy… i mean, the first batman

  10. OS Perry
    October 26, 2008 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    I liked the Ms. Marvel, and Black Widow, probably the best.

    Two Face was awesome, as was Red Skull. The Batman I liked… Bizarro and Black Adam too.

    Yeah the spandex… revealing too much, as well as the one Poison Ivy with Bats. I did like the 2nd Poison Ivy a lot.

    Electro… I don’t like the photo, too close up, but I’d probably like a full costume shot. Good effort. Doom, Green Goblin and Harley Quinn I liked too. I would have liked to have seen a larger shot of HQ.

    Very good entries this year. Wonder Woman and Donna Troy are great as well. Oh and the Green outfitted Rogue too. Too many to list. Tough Decision.

    Probably a tie with Ms. Marvel and Black Widow for me. I like Ms M as a character more, though.

  11. Kirby
    October 26, 2008 at 9:52 pm — Reply

    Have to say I preferred the 2nd Riddler or Wonder Woman the most. Not to be negatvie, but some of the guys gave me flashbacks to Alex Ross’s JSA cover with Citizen Steel.

  12. October 26, 2008 at 10:15 pm — Reply

    The Red Skull and Dr. Doom were in the last issue of Wizard too.

    My personal fave so far has to be Hordak!

  13. Andrew
    October 27, 2008 at 12:11 am — Reply

    I personally like the Phoenix costume. Although the green suit would have made more sense to me, but that’s just me.
    I also love the Rebel “soon to be dead” soldier. Great costume while being very simple

  14. Rodrigo
    October 27, 2008 at 12:39 am — Reply

    @ Creep

    That’s Rogue, for a while the X-men were dressing up in black and red with red shades.

  15. October 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    dammit….wish the entry date was a bit later, ive got a killer Ash (Evil Dead 2)costume. Not to mention my Roschach (Watchmen) costume new to this year.

  16. October 28, 2008 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    Rofl, the 2nd batman is way too skinny.

    My personal favs are the Two Face, Red Skull, and Dr. Doom.

  17. October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm — Reply


    That is indeed me. I’m “the Spirit” aka one of the “safest” costumes on that list.

  18. Sarah
    October 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    Actually, Creep, that costume is taken from the Alex Ross version of Poison Ivy for the Justice series. She is not green. I even bought the action figure for comparison.

    Believe me, I worked my butt off to make that costume accurate to the artwork. Thankfully it grew back before I had to wear it! Had to cover up the Batman tattoo – I thought that would be inappropriate to the character.

    I’m a little sad my Bats didn’t make the cut, but I’m looking forward to seeing how the contest works out this year. Still not sure who I want to vote for, though…

  19. Northwind
    November 3, 2008 at 12:42 am — Reply

    personally vote for bazaaro but that is because he’s a friend of mine.. but honestly a lot of great entrants . almost too hard to decided if I had not already decided to back my friend. the red skull has kudos from me because he just freaks me out.

  20. nt
    November 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    second poison ivy is smoking hot

  21. January 4, 2009 at 1:06 am — Reply

    I vote for 2nd poison ivy too, damn good cosplay.

  22. bob
    April 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    LOL I have always heard that only the Japanese do good cosplay. Have seen millions of side by side pictures of an asian with an incredible costume and an american with some crappy store bought costume for the same character. Yea, americans do suck at anime cosplay, I just didn’t realize how kickass they were with our own animation characters. This almost warrants finding asian people doing the same characters in a crappy store bought costume and putting them side by side with these pictures.
    I’m sure a lot of lazy bloggers who rip images from other webpages are already on it ;)

  23. April 11, 2009 at 5:05 am — Reply

    That one dude with the Green Lantern shirt and a YELLOW hat made me lol.

  24. Izz
    April 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    Felt a bit patriotic when I saw Capt. Britain :]

  25. jpople
    February 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Captain Hammer FTW.

  26. September 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    What were the video game ones supposed to be? Just characters in Guitar Hero?

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