In a basement far, far away: Comic-Con’s 50-year journey to ...

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In a basement far, far away: Comic-Con’s 50-year journey to greatness

The world’s largest celebration of pop culture never used to be about A-listers and huge licensing deals

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From Peter Parker’s run-in with a radioactive spider to Superman fleeing an exploding Krypton, comic book fans love a good origin story.

So when 135,000 geeks and nerds invade San Diego next week for the 50th edition of Comic-Con – the world’s largest celebration of pop culture – the event’s humble beginnings will be a hot topic of discussion.

The sprawling convention today draws Hollywood A-listers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Stewart and the cast of Game of Thrones to its frantically hyped panels, where billion-dollar franchises are launched...

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