1,245 costumed fans (supposedly) set world record

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Dec 14, 2012

1,245 fans costumed like Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and other DC Comics heroes gathered in Melbourne Saturday, where they broke "the world record for the most number of people dressed in superhero costume, in one place at one time"—at least according to Yahoo.

The attempt was part of DC Comics' 75th anniversary celebration, and it came less than a week after the previous world record, when 1,091 fans turned up in superhero costumes at a rugby tournament at Twickenham Stadium in London.

Once he realized what had happened, Preston Lewis, the managing director of Warner Brothers Consumer Products in Australia, shouted triumphantly, "We did it, we broke the record."

Now, we're all for people dressing up in costume, and we don't want to diminish what must have been a fun day (we'd have been there if we could), but what we don't get is—how can 1,245 be the world record for the most number of people dressed in superhero costume in one place at one time? We've seen far more than that during an average day on the dealers' room floor at the San Diego Comic-Con!

Is there some quirk about the rules that we're missing?

(And thanks to The Beat for the heads-up!)