50 Years of
San Diego Comic-Con

The San Diego Comic-Con, or SDCC for short, celebrates its 50th year in 2019.

What started as a (relatively) small gathering of comic book fans organised by superfans Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, and Richard Alf, has now grown to almost one thousand times the size, attracting nearly 135,000 visitors in 2019.

Throughout its 50-year history, the SDCC has experienced several venue changes, starting in the U.S Grant hotel in 1970, followed by a brief stint at the University of California's Muir College in 1971, before finally moving to the San Diego Convention Center in 1979.

As its popularity has grown, the San Diego Comic-Con has also spawned several sister conventions. There's the Wonderful World of Comics Convention, or Wondercon, for example, which opened in San Francisco in 1987, and the Alternate Press Expo (APE) which opened in San Jose in 1994.

There's also the annual Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival which began in 2000.

Part of the lure of Comic-Con San Diego for fans, other than dressing up as their favourite comic book characters, has been the chance to rub shoulders with the actors that portray their comic book heroes.

Notable celebrity appearances include Superman actor Kirk Alyn in 1971, Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry in 2003, the entire Avengers cast in 2010, Harrison Ford also in 2010, Andrew Garfield in 2011, and it culminated with Stan Lee making his last Comic-Con appearance in 2017.

There's plenty we haven't mentioned, so be sure to check out this infographic for the full lowdown on the San Diego Comic-Con's full 50-year history.


an infographic covering the 50 year history of Comic Con in San Diego
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