Last week, a Racked article called “Meet the Woman Who Invented Cosplay” did the rounds (including on this site!). It argued that sci-fi pioneer Myrtle R. Douglas invented cosplay in the 1930s. It’s an interesting story, but the truth is a little older.
The story’s heart is in the right place! As it primarily focuses, Douglas is a legend who deserves far more credit than she has received for the role she played in the development of cosplay, nerd conventions like Worldcon and science-fiction media as a whole.