Wresting and wrestling legends will once again be a focus during the Florida Supercon July 4-7 at the Miami Airport Convention Center.
Meet WWE Hall of Famers Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter and Greg The Hammer Valentine as well as Florida legend Kevin Sullivan.
Florida Super Championship Wrestling provides the mat action, incorporating a few comic book and anime characters in the ring.
Wrestling is just one of many attractions at Florida Supercon, South Florida’s largest comic book, anime, animation, video game, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture convention.
A highlight will be The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, celebrating their 20th anniversary.
• Power Ranger interview
It has been almost two decades since Jason David Frank made his first South Florida appearance.
It was in the midst of his initial stint on the wildly popular “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” television show.
The Green Ranger signed autographs at the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach with fellow cast member Amy Jo Johnson, who played the Pink Ranger. This 1994 event drew anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000 fans (depending who you ask). It’s an experience that is forever engrained in Frank’s memory for various reasons.
“The show is big, and it’s because the fans are there to support the show,” he said. “How you reach out to the fans is how you pretty much make your career…I was down to do tours back then, and I’m down to do them now. I remember it was hard thing to get Amy there. She doesn’t really do tours at all…We got there and signed for four hours.”
Unfortunately, Frank and Johnson didn’t have the time to sign for such a huge gathering. Many of the crowd who braved the heat in line since the early morning hours left empty-handed and disappointed.
“I will never forget that day because we did upset a lot of fans,” Frank said. “There were 20,000 to 30,000 people who showed up, and we only got through so much. I told them I didn’t want to leave, and they told me we had to. We did the four-hour signing, and they made us leave. To me, that was hurtful to leave everybody that was standing in line to meet you. That day really stands out in my memory. In fact I try to make every show not like that show…I really think me and Amy could definitely fill a house up with 20 to 30,000 fans if she did one with me. I know that for sure.”
The Power Rangers, in its ever-changing incarnations, continue to resonate with viewers and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Frank, along with others from the original cast, is among the featured guests at the Florida Supercon that runs July 4-7 at the Miami Airport Convention Center. The stacked line-up will also include George Takei, Kevin Smith, cast members from “The Walking Dead” and more.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Frank said. “It will be great to spend time in Florida on the Fourth of July. I’m bringing my family. I’m excited to see everybody.”
The 39-year-old has been on the convention circuit meeting fans from all walks of life and all ages. The appearances provide one-of-a-kind interactions.
“[Marvel Comics icon] Stan Lee came at my booth the other day and made it a point to see me, give me a hug and told the fans that I’m the man,” Frank said. “I was like, ‘What? That’s Stan Lee. He is a legend, and he took the time to do that for me.’ The Green Ranger has definitely had an impact on people’s lives. That’s why I’m talking to [Haim] Saban about separating the franchise from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to the Green Ranger, kind of like X-Men and Wolverine. I think the Green Ranger in its own self can stand on itself. We’re talking about movies and other stuff like that. So we will see what happens.”