The Yellow Belt…

Pictured above is the vital first component I managed to secure that would initiate my pursuit of the perfect replica Superman costume. As most fan-made efforts throughout the nineties would demonstrate, the lack of correct belt and buckle would be the undoing of the most valiant attempts. After a long search a small set of perfect resin casts taken from one of Christopher Reeve’s original belts finally found me. Developing a matching belt would be almost as difficult a proposition in my research stage as at the time the only reference was a clip from TV documentary ‘The Making Of Superman‘. From that I ascertained the belt itself was a fabric-backed vinyl – however locating such a thing in mustard yellow proved impossible. Instead I sought to improvise and so in true prop style I concocted a belt made from kitchen floor lino covered in yellow sticky-back plastic. While the results were good the plastic would eventually weaken and split due to its inflexibility.  Many attempts later I came across more pliable plastic and have made numerous belts since then for fans and professionals alike, chances are you’ve seen one of my belts on display on many a full-size replica either online or in-person. Pictured above are two of the last belts I have – a ‘Hero’ version made from genuine Patent leather and a ‘Stunt’ version built using my method. Over the years costumiers and fans have caught up and developed credible versions of their own but for such a minor accoutrement, there is no substitute for the genuine buckle cast to complete a replica…
Further information on the real costume belts and how they were constructed can be found here in my feature on capedwonder.com

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