I didn’t realize until now just how long Comic-Con had been an event. I figure it started in the mid nineties somewhere, but as it turns out, it’s been around for a lot longer than that.
This rare photo gallery was taken at the event in 1980, and you can see just how humble it’s humble beginnings were. People still dressed up, but outside of a few Star Wars and superhero costumes, it almost looks like a renaissance fair. I’m sure that most of these people are trying to be specific characters, but I’ll be damned if I can place the vast majority of them.
In any case, it’s a rather hilarious look back at the past, and it’s fun to see how much cosplay and costuming has evolved over the last thirty years or so. See for yourself: