Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

This year on magical Christmas Morning, tucked under the ole Tree for young and old, will be brand new Union Suits! Hundreds of us Union Suit Fans will pull on new Long Underwear, button 'em up and Rejoice!

Added January 16, 2019 from Lakeside Myron of North Dakota:

Hi Chris, Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year.
My new year is starting out real good. This morning I am sitting here drinking a cup of coffee and wearing my new red union suit I got for Christmas (actually got two new red ones).
Have a great day. A dedicated union suit fan... Myron 

Myron: Happy New Year to you too. Glad to hear you received something useful for Christmas like the guys in the posting above. Thanks for checking in! .... Chris

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Fine Art

This painting depicts many of us relaxing in our Union Suits and enjoying that first cup of coffee in the morning.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Some Union Suit Fan Photos Defy Description!

Case in Point:

Feel Free to Write Your Own Caption

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Super Heroes wear Red Union Suits!

By Guest Contributor: Adam Langley 

As a boy I loved comic books of all kinds and especially those featuring Super Heroes: Superman, Batman, Green Hornet and even Mighty Mouse. One fortunate day my mom's kid brother, Carson, brought over a large box of comic books for me. He had out grown them for he had just graduated high school and had joined the navy. Praise the Lord for his generous gift! Wow, I was in boyhood heaven. The box contained a scattering of popular super hero comics, science fiction, humor, some girly / romance comic books (which my mom quickly confiscated), and a number of comics featuring a super hero I had never heard of. He was to become my favorite super hero of all time. His name was “Supersnipe.” He was a little boy with big ambitions for fighting crime. Best of all he was twelve years of age, the very same age as me.

Supersnipe came into being from the imagination of “The boy with the most comic books in America.” 

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That boy was really an ordinary kid named Koppy McFad. Ordinary in every way except that he had an extraordinary imagination. Koppy had read so many comic books (“he reads ’em, breathes ’em, and sleeps ’em”) that he turned into a costumed super-hero himself.

An eventual series of comic books were marketed under that phrase. Supersnipe was created by writer-artist George Marcoux and published by Street & Smith from 1942-1949. Koppy sometimes partnered with another boy, Ulysses Q. Wacky, who was described as an “inventor and genius unlimited.” Koppy's character first appeared in issues of Shadow Comics, beginning with Volume 2, Number 3 and later in Army and Navy Comics. Supersnipe appeared in a total of 44 issues before ceasing publication in 1949. It is believed that this comic book was the first to deal with comics themselves.

Thematically, Koppy read hundreds of superhero comic books, daydreaming that he had interactions with heroes and villains. 

His daydreams eventually turned into action. He decidedly sought after and attempted to crush evil-doers right in his own neighborhood. The villains were many and varied. Koppy began calling himself “Supersnipe” after he saved a neighborhood scientist from disaster. No one believed a mere boy had attained such a feat of strength and courage. Even his best friend, Ulysses, didn't believe in Koppy's hero status. Why he had never heard of a boy of such renown and wouldn't have believed it if he had. That did it. When Koppy didn't receive credit for heroic deeds, he decided to adopt a costume that would proclaim to the world that he was a true super hero.
He deserved his self-proclaimed super title. Now he decided he should look the part. But how? His shirt and pants looked just like the clothes of all the other boys in town. He didn't stand out at all. His ordinary clothes were not worthy of a great fighter of crime. He must be easily recognized for the hero he was.
He decided to approach his wise grandpa for help in choosing the right look. Grandpa suggested the boy start with a super hero costume fashioned from a pair of long red flannel underwear. He told Koppy that he could spare one of his union suits for fighting crime. A mask and his father's blue legionaire cape were added to complete the costume. But it was that suit of red long underwear, borrowed from grandpa, that was just the ticket to set him apart. Supersnipe would finally get the recognition that other super heroes enjoyed. 

He soon discovered that Grandpa's Union Suit was itchy and too long. But it would have to do!

From that day forward the boy would don his red union suit, throw on the cape and mask and ta-da, instantly become Supersnipe.
Oops, Supersnipe ripped a hole in the seat
of his Red Flannel Underwear,
I mean his Super Hero Costume,
on his First Assignment!

But a Torn Union Suit was not going to
Slow This Boy Down!
Not When the Home Town Needed Saving!

As I said, Supersnipe became my favorite super hero. I wanted so much to emulate him that I would run around the house and yard all day wearing long underwear myself with a towel tied securely around my neck, fighting the neighborhood bad guys. 

 When Koppy looks at Himself in the Mirror
He sees a Super Hero Capable
of Fighting Any Foe

Everyone Else sees a Little Boy in Baggy
Long Underwear Borrowed from Grandpa! 


Thanks, Adam. I can see why your younger self identified with Supersnipe. What fun! 

Future issues of Union Suit Fan will continue to include Supersnipe comic pages at the end of my postings....Chris

You know, Koppy wasn't the only super hero who wore a red union suit. Warren Wirthington III did too!

Later known as X-Man Angel, Warren was a mutant who had grown wings on his back. The red union suit he wore aided in the concealment of the wings as a "regular" human when wearing a business suit and other clothes. 

Angel was created in September, 1963 as one of the original X-Men in The X-Men #1. X-Men was affiliated with American Comic Books. This heir to the Worthington family fortune was created by Stan Lee who died recently. The Marvel Comic artist who drew Angel and his exploits was Jack Kirby. In the 1980's Angel transitioned into a darker, more brooding character and was then known as Archangel. But even then he wore long red underwear when not flying around having adventures.

Email and Photo Added 11/24/2018:

Chris, There's another super hero who fought crime in just his bright red Union Suit and a blue cape...Super Goof! 
...Lee Summit, Long Island City, Queens, NY.

Monday, November 5, 2018

What are Chico and Harpo Marx doing in their Underwear and Why? Go to my companion blog, Union Suit Fans in the Limelight, to find out! 

Simply find the dancing Red Long Johns on this page and Click or Tap on "Union Suit Fan." At the top of the next page under My Blogs, Click or Tap on "Union Suit Fans in the Limelight." 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hillbilly Tuxedo! 

Some folks call our outfits "Long Johns." 
Or just plain ole "Underwear"
Others say, "Union Suits."  
And still others, "Long Handles."
No Sir-eee, Dang-it! 

It's our Hillbilly Tuxedos!


Friday, October 19, 2018

Long John Runs, 5K, 10K, or Just Around the Block!

Seems about every autumn Long John Runs are organized and publicized for various fund-raisers across the country. From Battle Creek to Seattle, from Foxboro to Kalamazoo guys run long stretches in their Union Suits to raise money for numerous good causes!

Here are some fellows enjoying outdoor exercise while raising cash in their long underwear. How about you?

Take Your Coffee, Take Your Kid.... But Get Out and Move Those Bones.

Even State Troopers Strip to Their
Long Red Underwear for a Good Cause 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - It's a run that encourages you to show off your Long Johns!  The 6th Annual Long John Run benefiting Mel Trotter Ministries.  John van der Veen provides the fun details.

Are long johns required?  No, but they are encouraged! "Put on your best long johns, thermal underwear, red union suit, pajamas, white knickers, winter knickers, paul bunyan's, long handlers, hillbilly wedding outfit, or canadian tuxedo and get out of your log cabin or house (off your duff) and run/walk 4 miles," encouraged John.

"The Long John Run was created to help raise money for those who are in great need here in the Grand Rapids area. Proceeds from our events will be donated to local missions/ministries/organizations.  In addition, we are collecting socks for the homeless. Yep - socks," he explained. It's happening next month, November 10th, at Christ Church on Breton Avenue.

Added October 22, 2018:

From Skip of St. Paul, MN.  "Chris, not everyone participates in these marathons by raising money in their long underwear. Boxer Shorts are welcomed too."

and from Debra of Detroit, MI.
"My son, jogging in his candy-striped union suit in our 5K"

Thanks to you both!  If you have photos of Fun Runs in your Long Underwear, be sure to send them to me for posting at:  cayersnd@gmail.com

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Union Suit Fans Come in All Political Stripes !

Long John Day 
"Oh Long Johns"

"The Power of Long Johns...
Whole Nations Unify Over Long Underwear"

Copy and  Paste to watch this crazy boy's video:


Hail to the Chief - State of the Union Suit:

Hey, don't forget to check out my companion BLOG:

Union Suit Fans in the Limelight

(Just click on the dancing long johns! to transfer there)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Autumn Union Suit Fans from all over the world and the U.S. are buttoned up, ready for Winter such as Ian from Nova Scotia, Canada

Dalton of Melbourne, Australia

Chesapeake Chris
North Dakota's
Lakeside Myron

Thanks, Guys. 

Added October 19, 2018:
Chesapeake Chris sent me another photo of him modeling his newly purchased Union Suit. Thanks, Pal. This is a good time of year for guys to update their underwear wardrobe.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Like Father, Like Son:  Union Suit Fans

With Cool Autumn Weather Just Around the Corner, These Little Guys are Ready, Warm and Comfortable Just Like Their Daddies!