Original superheroes to gather in Pauls Valley for record attempt

The Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley is spearheading a record-setting attempt at “International Superhero Day.”
by Matthew Price Modified: July 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm •  Published: July 27, 2012
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Kevin Stark wants to be surrounded by a sea of original superheroes next weekend.

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.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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