During Comic-Con 2009, Guinness World Records honored the biggest names in Entertainment history in the fields of television, film and comic books. One of the biggest winners was the iconic hit animated series, The Simpsons. Matt Groening and Al Jean, who were at the event on behalf of the show, were presented with two amazing achievements — Longest Running Sitcom and Longest Running Animated TV Series.
There were also some other comic books that were recognized including:
- Detective Comics, the publication that introduced Batman to the world was recognized for being the Longest Continuously Published Comic Book.
- The legendary Stan Lee and comic book visionary, Todd McFarlane, accepted the record for Best-selling Comic (single edition) for Spider-Man.
- Stan Lee also accepted a solo award based on his comic-book creations having been adapted by Hollywood a record 12 times, from Spider-Man (May 2002) to The Incredible Hulk (June 2008).
There were many honored by the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement during the four day event. For the full description of of all the Guinness World Records presented at the Comic-Con click below the jump…
- Longest Running Sitcom and Longest Running Animated TV Series – With over 443 episodes, The Simpsons is the longest running sitcom (by episode count) and longest running animated series. During its 20th season (2008-09), The Simpsons finally overtook the 435 episodes of former record holder The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-66).
- Best-selling Comic (single edition) – Spider-Man No.1, first published in August 1990, is the Best-selling Comic (single edition). With an initial print run of 2.35 million, the record-breaking edition was sold with a variety of differently colored covers and several reprints were ordered to keep up with high public demand.
- Longest Continuosly Published Comic Book – The longest running comic book is Detective Comics, which has been printed continuously by DC Comics in the USA since Issue #1 in March 1937. The comic introduced the character of Batman in Issue #27 in May 1939.
- Most Successful Sci-fi TV Show – Doctor Who,the longest running sci-fi television show, is now the Most Successful Sci-fi Show on Television. Based on the length of the show’s run and international sales data, the series about the adventures of the iconic Time Lord was presented with the new record at Comic-Con 2009 International.
- Most Digital Effects in a TV Series – Farscape employed about 25 computer artists to create between 40 and 50 effects shot per episode. The effects team had just seven days to work on each episode, at a rate of 22 episodes per year.
- Largest Gathering of Zombies- The record largest gathering of zombies was achieved by 3,894 participants in the ‘Red White and Dead Zombie Party’ in association with Night Zero on July 3, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. Ryan Reiter, Artistic Director for Freemont Outdoor Cinema Events.
How do you feel about these shows, films, comic books being honored by Guiness World Records?