Well, they did it! At the New York Comic Con this year, Marvel was working hard to get as many fans to sign Spider-Man’s birthday card as possible in order to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. On October 14, 2012 – deemed “Spider Man Day” by the New York City Mayor’s Office and Spider-Man’s official birthday – Marvel achieved their goal with 2,707 signatures on Spidey’s birthday card. With that enormous number Spider-Man swings away with the title “Most Contributions to a Greeting Card” for his 50th birthday.
Of course, it should come as no surprise that this record only adds to Spider-Man’s Guinness resume.
Amazing Fantasy #15, the ‘Most Expensive Silver Age Comic’ ($1.1million) and Spider-Man’s first comic book appearance, is currently featured in the Guinness World Records® 2013 Edition.
The big difference? This new record was in the hands of the fans, not just the Spider-Man franchise. Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief of Marvel Entertainment was confident Spider-Man’s fans would come through:
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! 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.
So, you may be wondering if my name is was one of the 2,707 signatures on Spidey’s Hallmark life size card which was 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall and stationed at the Marvel booth throughout all four days of New York Comic Con… It seems that I should not have been able to miss it.
Well, I did.
I’m not happy to confess this; I don’t know how, but I managed to miss out on the opportunity to be a part of some awesome nerd-tacular history making! (I blame the super-cool NYCC exclusive Avengers t-shirt that kept distracting me!) According to Guinness, the previous record of 1,816 contributions to a greeting card had been set in August during the conclusion celebrations of the TNT show “The Closer”.