Wizard World Philadelphia was a four day experience. It started on Thursday night. The banner at the entrance read “Welcome to Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.” The special guest at the con was Stan Lee. There was a long list of celebrities, such as Chris Hemsworth, Lou Ferrigno, Melissa Joan Hart, Bruce Campbell, Dean Cain, Shannon Elizabeth, Erin Gray and more. I didn’t notice any comics publishers exhibiting, which is odd for a comic convention. In past years, I recall seeing a handful of publishers there. Inside was a superhero comics lover’s paradise. This included back issues of comics, dvds, tons of swords, vintage toys, artist alley and t-shirts. Structures of colossal proportions made up a wall of soft and fabulous t-shirts. Whoever came up with the idea of fake vintage comic-related t-shirts is a genius. Many guests took pride in their appearance, coming in costume as their favorite character, or whatever character they could pull off the best.
The Avengers was definitely the most popular theme for costumes. Other characters visitors came in dressed as included the Scarlet Witch, Galactus, the Joker, She-Ra, Sakura and Chun Li from Street Fighter. A pair of brave guys were dressed up as Sailor Moon. People in costume were constantly stopped by everyone else for photo opportunities, and they all graciously complied. These are people who like having their photo taken.