American sf convention costumers of the 1980s

Here's a great gallery of Dik Daniels's photos of science fiction costumers from the conventions of the 1980s, when I was a teenaged con-goer. If only I'd had a little more forward planning nous, I'd have been one of those costumed folken!

Dik Daniels photos: 1980 Westercon (Thanks, Jukevox!)


  1. his mislabeling and tiny mistakes are driving me nuts but I should not begrudge someone who hasn’t memorized the entirety of space themed entertainment.

    and no the robot from saturn 3 is a costume not a piece of art. and the saturn 3 listed earlier is not saturn 3 robot.. aarrrgh! the burning in my brain!

  2. I’m actually quite impressed by these–despite the amateurishness of the photography and the hideous backdrops–simply because, not only was there not a whole cosplay infrastructure behind them to help with the construction of the costumes, but there just weren’t that many cosplayers (in fact, the term didn’t even exist) around. It took a lot of guts to do what they did in that day.

    1. I don’t know if it took guts. Maybe if they were to go to church, or the mall,  dressed like that. People had been dressing up at comic cons at least since 1972 (my first one),  and there was never a “look at that geek” mentality there.  We ENJOYED the costume contests- google Angelique Trouvere to see why.

  3. I love this!  Small costume budgets but big imaginations. I admire the DIY glittery Supergirl costume in particular.  I am a little perplexed that the captioner could not see that it was Zelazny in the pictures not Silverberg.  Given the name tag is pretty close to legible in full image size. 

  4. I attended the 1980 Westercon, but I am not in this batch of Dik Daniels photos.  I do appear in later Dik Daniels photos.  Just within the last week I noticed that I have a photo of Dik Daniels among my collection.  I think that I will post my photo of Dik Daniels to the internet as part of a turnabout-is-fair ploy.

  5. The headless body of the “Saturn 3” robot is mis-identified as an unknown art object while another excellent costume is mis-identified as the “Saturn 3” robot. Harvey Keitel wishes to tell you that, no matter which is the real Hector, NO TACTION CONTACT!

    (Actually, the robot may or may not be headless, depending on whether you’re watching the theatrical cut or the heavily-edited network TV cut. Either way, NO TACTION CONTACT!)

    It’s sad that I’ve seen more than one edit of “Saturn 3″…

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