The rise in interest in real life superheroes may have given Kevin Stark an idea – he wants to be surrounded by a sea of original superheroes next weekend. As curator of the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, Mr. Stark is helping to spearhead what the museum is calling “International Superhero Day.” The museum is trying to set a world record for the most people in original superhero costumes in one place on August 4.
“I just want to see a town full of superheroes walking the streets like everyday citizens,” Stark said, recalling how in the 1960s “Batman” series, no one seemed surprised by Batman and Robin interacting with the city.
An important difference between this event and others like Comic-Con International in San Diego is that the point of this one is for everyone to come dressed in original costumes instead of ones based on existing characters. Stark wants to see creativity unleashed in this record-breaking attempt, as attendees will create their own characters, costumes and origins.
“I’m much more interested in that than having 100 Batmans show up or 1,000 Supermans. I want to see what people would come up with if they had a chance to be a superhero,” Stark said.
Fans can register now on the event page on Facebook. If you want to, you can register on site between 8 AM through 9:45 PM on August 4.
Fans will gather for a photo at 10 AM. According to the Guinness world records website, there isn’t a not a current record holder for most original superheroes in one place, so if even a hundred people show up, it’s a record. There have been other records set for superheroes in general, and for specific heroes – according to The Associated Press, in September, 437 people in Alberta, Canada, set the record for largest number of people dressed as Superman.
The rest of the day will include such activities as a scavenger hunt that lasts until 7PM, and a super fashion show that begins at 7:30. Superheroes will get a chance to tell who they are, what their powers are, and what their origin is. Then there’s the after-party that starts at 8:30 PM.
“What we want to do here is celebrate the good,” Stark said. “Superheroes and comics and art, they do a lot of good in the world. So we want to celebrate the do-gooders.”
Stark hopes to continue to celebrate the heroes through the museum’s outreach efforts. “We’re looking at the bigger picture on this end. We’d like to do this every year. But I think it’s tying more into a celebration of the superhero ethic: Do right. Truth, justice, and all that.” Stark was particularly inspired to celebrate doing good following the “Dark Knight Rises” shooting in Aurora, Colorado. “We think there are a lot of heroes out there,” Stark said. “They outnumber the villains.”
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