Annual Super Megafest hits Framingham Sheraton this weekend with TV and movie heroes, villains, comic books and collectibles.
As if visiting from TV reruns and late night movies, the Bionic Woman, Darth Maul and half of the Monkees will meet fans this weekend at Boston Super Megafest 2009 in Framingham.
Better known as Lindsay Wagner, Ray Park and Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork, they'll be just some of the celebrity guests appearing at the eighth annual festival of pop culture at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.
Offering a varied selection of collectibles for sale, the two-day event brings together overlapping genres of action comics and Sci Fi, the supernatural and pro wrestling under one roof.
Organized by John DiCicco and Ken Lawrence, the festival will offer about 50 vendors in a "Dealer Room" selling a variety of collectibles including action figures, movie posters, trading cards, television and rock 'n' roll memorabilia, autographs and more.
DiCicco said he expects the "reunion" between Wagner and Richard Anderson, who played Jamie Sommers and Oscar Goldman in the TV series "The Bionic Woman" with Janice Whitby who played the "bionic villain Fembot," will be one of the fest's highlights.
The list of expected celebrity guests includes actors, singers, wrestlers and a handful of instantly recognizable pop culture icons including actor Vincent Pastore who played Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero in "The Sopranos," Larry Storch who played Corporal Agarn in "F Troop" and, Sunday only, several cast members from "Good Times."
Other notable guests include James Marsters who played Spike in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Brent Spiner who played Data in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and a couple of "Baywatch" babes.
It runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the hotel at 1657 Worcester Road. Tickets, which are good for both days, range from $20 to $100 depending on which events are included.
DiCicco said the two-day event "lets fans meet in person the stars they used to watch on television and in the movies."
"It's exciting. Fans get to ask them questions or get autographs. People can join a 'Star Wars' trivia contest or get their picture taken with the Monkee Mobile," he said.
Collectibles dealer Frank Urbano, who'll have a table at the fest, said, "It's easier to predict the stock market than the value of collectibles."
Since closing his business of six years, the former owner of Paper Heroes in Holliston now buys and sells collectibles online.
For this show, Urbano expects to be mostly selling comic books from the 1940s and 1960s, movie posters and toys.
"From the 1940s, I've got issues of 'Superman,' 'Batman,' 'Wonder Woman' and 'The Human Torch,"' he said. "In the 1960s, DC and Marvel reintroduced super heroes like the 'Hulk,' 'Fantastic Four' and 'Spider Man.' I'll be selling some of them."
Urbano said vintage comic books are good investments because people didn't collect them years ago when no one even considered them to be collectible. "Now, depending on their age and condition, they could be worth thousands. All those comic books people paid 12 cents for in the 1950s could be worth thousands (of dollars) today."
Urbano said he began collecting comics as a youngster to learn English after immigrating to the U.S. in 1961 when his family fled Cuba.
He cautioned people planning to buy collectibles as investments not to get caught up in fads.
"If you're going to speculate, find something that already has value. If it's new, you can't tell whether the value will go up or down," Urbano said. "Stick with things that are tried and true. Buy things that you like."
Lawrence said this year's festival includes more live music performances including two separate Saturday evening shows by Tork, formerly of the Monkees, and Marsters, who also played Braniac in "Smallville" before pursuing a musical career.
"This year we're definitely trying to make it more of a music-related event," said Lawrence, who runs an online collectibles business. "We've definitely tried to make it more interactive for fans. There'll be a lot of things going on so people can meet celebrities when they're not checking out the dealers' collectibles."
Tork will sing in a 9:30 p.m. Saturday Night Party which is included in MegaFest admission. Marsters will play at 8 p.m. Saturday in a show which requires a $60 VIP Gold admission. Gold admission also includes a Green Lantern Print by comic artist Ethan Van Sciver and an autographed photo of a prior Megafest guest.
Lawrence said dealers will have an estimated 100 tables of "the hottest stuff today like GI Joe action figures, Transformers and other vintage collectibles."
"People usually like to collect the sort of things they enjoyed as kids," he said. DiCicco added, "Nowadays that vintage stuff can go for crazy money."
Admission is $20 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Good for the whole weekend and the Peter Tork concert at 9:30 p.m.
Visit www.supermegafest.com for special VIP admission pricing ranging from $35-$100 which includes greater access to some of the events.