I’m not sure if this qualifies as news per se, but it’s a fun nugget that displays Spider-Man’s indelible popularity. To celebrate Spider-Man’s birthday this year, Marvel broke a Guinness World Record for the “most contributions to a greeting card,” netting 2,707 signatures on October 14th, his official day of “birth,” at this year’s New York Comic Con. Mayor Bloomberg announced the day would be recognized as “Spider-Man Day” going forward. If that’ll get me off work, I’m all for it.
New York – October 18th, 2012 – Spider-Man, the world’s most popular Super Hero, has a new title to add to his roster – record breaker! In honor of Spider-Man’s Birthday, Marvel pulled out all the stops and broke the Guinness World Records® title for the “Most Contributions to a Greeting Card” with an incredible 2,707 signatures on October 14, 2012.
The famous character’s birthday occurred during New York Comic Con, with pop culture fans from all around the country gathering in the Super Hero’s hometown to be a part of this historic moment. The New York City Mayor’s Office celebrated the event by announcing that October 14th, his official birthday, would hereby be recognized as ‘Spider-Man Day’ via an official proclamation from New York City Mayor Bloomberg
”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.”
To give Spider-Man the birthday he deserved, Marvel teamed up with Hallmark Cards to create a life size card 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall and stationed it at their booth throughout all four days of New York Comic Con. Fans and enthusiasts were given the chance to wish their favorite wall-crawling protector a “Happy Birthday” and be a part of Guinness World Records history.
The previous record of 1,816 contributions had been set in August during the conclusion celebrations of the TNT show “The Closer.”
“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.