Holy Smokes Batman! Rich Willett, 58 of Sterling, VA, joined forces with Awesome Con D.C. and the Museum of Science Fiction to attempt to break a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on Friday, April 18. The current record holder is China; which stands at 1,530 people, set on April 19, 2011 at the opening ceremony of the International Animation CCJOY LAND. Awesome Con D.C. and the Museum of Science Fiction didn’t come close with only 237 people showing up. (Khalid Naji-Allah/ Special to The Washington Times)

Holy Smokes Batman! Rich Willett, 58 of Sterling, VA, joined forces with Awesome Con D.C. and the Museum of Science Fiction to attempt to break a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on Friday, April 18. The current record holder is China; which stands at 1,530 people, set on April 19, 2011 at the opening ceremony of the International Animation CCJOY LAND. Awesome Con D.C. and the Museum of Science Fiction didn’t come close with only 237 people showing up. (Khalid Naji-Allah/ Special to The Washington Times)