Kevin Stark wants to be surrounded by a sea of original superheroes.
As curator of the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Stark is helping to spearhead what the museum is calling “International Superhero Day.”
“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.
The museum is trying to set a world record for the most people in original superhero costumes in one place on Aug. 4.
Stark said someplace like Comic-Con International in San Diego of course has thousands of people in costume, but most of those costumes are 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. On-site registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 4.
Fans will gather for a photo at 10 a.m. According to the Guinness world records website, there’s not a current record holder for most original superheroes in one place. According to The Associated Press, in September, 437 people in Alberta, Canada, set the record for largest number of people dressed as Superman.
The record-attempt photo is just the beginning of a day full of activities. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the superheroes will be involved in a scavenger hunt that will last until 7 p.m.
“The superheroes have to solve clues and gather the items they need,” Stark said.
A super fashion show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Stark said during the fashion show, superheroes will get a chance to tell who they are, what their powers are, and what their origin is.
The super after party is set to kick off at 8:30 p.m.
“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 said he’s particularly inspired to celebrate doing good following the shooting in Aurora, Colo., at a screening for “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“We think there are a lot of heroes out there,” Stark said. “They outnumber the villains.”
By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman