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Comic-Con to celebrate history, heritage

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week’s Comic-Con pop-cultural extravaganza in San Diego may not be as cutting-edge cool as you think.
Several of the festival’s franchise favorites are showing off their ages this year as they celebrate milestone birthdays, including Tarzan at 100, James Bond at 50 and those strapping 20-year-olds, the Power Rangers.
Other beloved characters blowing out serious candles at this year’s 43rd annual Comic-Con will be Prince Valiant (75), Alfred E. Neuman and his Mad Magazine (60) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (20). The four-day convention begins Thursday and is expected to drive more than 100,000 die-hard fans to the San Diego Convention Center.
Panels, parties and stunts are planned to pay tribute to the long-running properties, proving that Comic-Con continues to be more than just quizzing of-the-moment celebrities and peeking at never-before-seen footage.
In recent years, as the focus at Comic-Con has increasingly shifted to upcoming offerings from Hollywood and beyond, organizers have been tasked with balancing new and old on the already overflowing Comic-Con schedule. It’s all the more apparent this year when so many franchises just happen to be celebrating birthdays that end in either a 0 or 5.


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