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My 2006 Halloween Costume: The Greatest American Hero!
by: -RoG-

The Greatest American Hero was my favorite superhero for a while when I was a kid. Maybe it was the insanely catchy theme song, maybe it was the idea that somebody who looked more like Beck than a caped-crusader had been bestowed with super powers, maybe it was ever-pissed-off FBI agent Bill Maxwell's comedic relief. Whatever the case may have been, there was something special about that show and while it only lasted for 3 seasons, I still say it's one of the greatest superhero series ever to appear on television. If you've never seen it, just pick up the DVD set, watch a few episodes and I'm sure you'll agree with me.

Move over Captain America!

For those of you who don't know the story behind the show; Ralph Hinkley is a teacher who has been given a superhero suit by some aliens who want him to use it to battle crime on Earth. Problem is, he loses the instructions to the suit and then has to figure out how to make it work on his own. This leads to all sorts of slapstick mid-flight crashes and wacky superhero jokes - stuff you'd just never see on TV these days because people are afraid to write ridiculous shows like that anymore. And if they're not afraid to write 'em, the networks are definitely afraid to put 'em on the air. And even if they were willing to put a show like that on the air, I guarantee you that they would never let the hero be named Ralph Hinkley. My point is, they just don't make 'em like this anymore.

While the show only ran from 1981 - 1983, it still has a strong cult following to this day and fans were overjoyed when all three seasons were finally released on DVD not too long ago. But what does all of this have to do with Halloween? Well, the one thing we fans never had was his bold black, white & red superhero suit. This Halloween, however, that's no longer the truth.

For Halloween last year, I went as the Flaming Carrot and was really proud of that costume because a lot of work was put into it. Unfortunately, I've been far too busy these past few months to take the time to make another custom costume of my own. It happens, and that's why there's a market for store-bought costumes... for people who don't have enough time to make 'em on their own.

I've always felt that if you're gonna go with a store-bought one, you should either be something completely ridiculous or be something you've always wanted to dress up as.

Anybody seen the instructions?
This year, I get to be both.

I got the costume from my pals over at 80sTees and it's damned near perfect. The Greatest American Hero emblem looks great, the costume stitching is dead-on, it comes with the vital whafro wig, and there are no instructions included with it whatsoever. After wearing it for only a few minutes, I was flying headfirst into walls in no time!

But the costume got me to thinking... what has the Greatest American Hero been up to since the series ended after 1983? Clearly, he's not as well known as Batman or Superman... or even Captain America I'm sad to say; but is the guy still around? Well, after a lot of digging, I found some actual footage of him! Believe it or not, it's true! Here, for the first time in over 20 years is The Greatest American Hero back in action!

Click below to see how the
Greatest American Hero has been living
his life ever since his show was canceled.


Click here to download a .WMV of
The Greatest American Hero video

(higher quality version of the same video)

So just remember, if you or your loved ones are in need of help during a crisis, there's a hero out there just waiting for your call. He's great, he's American, and he's a hero.

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