Luke Skywalker (from Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Batgirl, Deathstroke, Nightwing, and Thor - photo by Jamie Ralph Gardner
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Cosplay is bigger than ever at this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego. Here are a few of the more creative costumes - new photos will be added to this page each day of the Con, so check back to see the newest.

Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Reverse gender cosplay is becoming more popular. It seemed like there were more people reversing the gender of characters than in previous years at Comic-Con. The Punisher, a Marvel Comics character inspired by The Executioner novels, is cosplayed here by a woman and a man. In the comic books, the Punisher is a male character who was originally depicted as a Vietnam veteran. The Loki cosplayer is male, but Loki has been both male and female in the Thor comic books.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Liberty Belle, a comic book character best known from DC Comics, but there was also a Liberty Belle in Charlton Comics, the lower rent imprint that was home to E-Man.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

In the Marvel comic books, Iron Patriot is actually a powered exoskeleton combat suit first worn by Norman Osborn (the original Green Goblin) in Dark Avengers #1 (March 2009). After I left Comic-Con on Thursday, I saw the Iron Patriot walking down 5th Avenue and he posed for me in the front of the Whiskey Girl Bar and Restaurant. Also on 5th Avenue, Taco Bell was celebrating the 25th anniversary of Demolition Man. In the movie (starring Sylvester Stallone), Taco Bell is depicted as the last survivor of the restaurant chain wars.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Thor, Batgirl, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (from Ghostbusters), Nightwing, Deathstroke, Shawn Richter strangling cartoonist Dean LeCrone, Luke Skywalker (from Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and Agent Carter (from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

She-Ra (from the animated series She-Ra: Princess of Power) and western version of Domino, a member of Marvel's mutant team X-Force.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

I first photographed a Gwen Stacy cosplayer at Comic-Con 2007. It wasn’t until the last couple of years that the number of Gwen cosplayers has exploded at conventions. People mostly depict the Spider-Gwen version from the comic books. Since Gwen's death in Amazing Spider-Man #121 (June 1973), Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man's former wife and occasional girlfriend) has become more associated by the general public as Spider-Man's main romantic interest. With Gwen's appearances in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 and the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon series, things started to change. Thanks to the Spider-Gwen character in comic books and the Amazing Spider-Man movies with Emma Stone depicting Gwen, the number of her cosplayers vastly outnumber Mary Jane’s. Cable, the mutant character co-created by Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson, is now becoming more well-known to non-comic book fans thanks to Josh Brolin's portrayal of him in Deadpool 2.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

The Incredibles dad Robert "Bob" Parr aka Mr. Incredible with super baby Jack-Jack.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Star Wars cosplay with Darth Maul interviewing stormtrooper.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Marvel Comics cosplay with Valkyrie, mainly known from the Thor comics, but who made her first appearance in The Avengers #83 (December 1970).


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Marvel Comics cosplay with Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

General Urko from Planet of the Apes.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Batman villains teaming up, the Riddler and the Joker.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Night King from Game of Thrones.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

DC cosplay with Mera (from Aquaman comics), Batman villain Mr. Freeze, Bizarro Superman, and Green Arrow.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Disney cosplay with Anna and Olaf from Frozen.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Ghost Rider, a name used for several supernatural Marvel heroes (with one incarnation played in the movies by Nick Cage). The most recent Ghost Rider is Robbie Reyes from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Michelle Jones character (as a superhero) from Spider-Man: Homecoming movie.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Reverse gender cosplay of Mary Jane Watson and Peter Parker (Spider-Man).


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

DC Comics cosplay with Nightwing, Deathstroke, and Batgirl.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Star Trek Andorians, a humanoid species from the moon Andoria, homeworld of the Andorian Empire.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

The cosplayer is portraying the Kate Kane version of Batwoman. The character’s newest incarnation is a lesbian in the comic books, as is the version joining the Arrowverse on the CW network. There are an increasing number of gay and bi-sexual characters in comic books. The Kathy Kane version of Batwoman first appeared in Detective Comics #233 (July 1956).


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Daphne and Velma are from Scooby-Doo cartoon series that debuted in 1969. Scooby-Doo has stayed in the public eye for decades thanks to movies and TV shows. Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Velma (Linda Cardellini) appear in both live action movies. In this season of the Supernatural TV series, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) get transported into an episode of Scooby-Doo and interact with characters from the episode.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

DC Comics' Doctor Fate, a longtime comic character but best known from the Smallville TV series.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Bulma (from Dragon Ball Z) and Marvel's Lady Deadpool.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

The Nightmare Before Christmas with reverse gender cosplay with Sally and Jack Skellington.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Ghostbuster seeking ghosts to bust. Can a photo op at the nearby haunted Whaley House be far behind?


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Several DC characters have donned the magic ring and taken on the role of Green Lantern, created in 1940 by Martin Nodell during the initial superhero craze.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Wonder Women can be seen all over the Con this year, with the movie costume as well as outfits from previous incarnations on TV and in the comics.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

DC-Marvel hero crossover as DC's Wonder Woman meets Marvel's Elektra Assassin.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Furry cosplay with Regal Racoon and friend.



Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

Another Marvel-DC crossover as Deadpool meets Batgirl


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

A posse of princesses looking for the House of Mouse.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

The Justice League's A-Team: Wonder Woman, Superman, and Hawkman.


Photo: Jamie Ralph Gardner

The Incredibles meet Lord Zedd from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, just in time for the Incredibles 2 movie sequel and the latest Power Rangers reboot.

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Cassander July 20, 2018 @ 9:55 p.m.

Tenth photo down is actually Mantis from Guardians, not Gamora. Cool pics tho.

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