With great power comes great responsibility and for the last 50 years, Spidey’s been the one to show us the way. This year, Marvel, Hallmark Cards and fans at New York Comic Con wanted to give him something a little special…
…and they DID.
On October 14, 2012, Spider-Man got one hell of a gift: a massive birthday card filled with 2.707 signatures from his closest friends AND a new Guinness World Record – “Most Contributions to a Greeting Card”
As his birthday happened during New York Comic Con, Marvel and Hallmark teamed up to build an 8 ft x 6 ft tall card and stationed it at their booth throughout all four days of NYCC for fans to come by to wish Spidey a happy birthday and become a part of history!
Even Mayor Bloomberg got into the spirit of the record-breaking day as his office celebrated the event by announcing that October 14th would hereby be recognized as ‘Spider-Man Day’ via an official proclamation.
“For 50 years, Spider-Man has proven to us all that he’s nothing short of amazing. And now, by receiving the most-ever contributions to a greeting card with 2,707 Happy Birthday wishes, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is an official Guinness World Records holder, too.” said Guinness World Records Official Adjudicator, Mike Janela.
Pictured: Mike Janela and crew (which inexplicably included Captain America, but hey, who DOESN’T love Spider-Man, am I right?)
Spidey’s card beats the previous record of 1,816 contributions set back in August during the conclusion celebrations of the TNT show “The Closer” and Marvel couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and mad love the world still has for their web-slinging creation.
”There was never any doubt in our mind that Marvel’s devoted fans would ensure that Spider-Man’s birthday was anything short of historic!” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “It was a pleasure to work with our friends at Guinness to break this record and create a truly unique event in the entertainment world.”
I WISH I could show you what the card looked like filled with signatures but inexplicably I couldn’t find a single one other than a tiny one that wouldn’t have done Spidey justice once enlarged.
Happy Birthday, man. I know it was a great one!
*Thanks to Comicbook.com for the images!
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