26 September 2007

Heroes in the Real World

The internet is a weird, wonderful and sometimes a very disturbing place. When browsing the forum I was warned about a link to some amusing pictures. Curiosity got the better of me and I was confronted with these disturbing images: do not click this link if you are a child, easily disturbed or a Spiderman fan!!! You can't un-see something you've seen!

Despite wanting to wash my eyes out with some powerful detergent it also gave me an idea for a list (that, and a programme on TV about the history of British comics, especially Watchmen). After much searching on the web I've found some real life superheroes out in the real world. These people dress like comic book heroes and do daring deeds. They don't have actual superpowers like the TV programme Heroes but, hey, they're doing their best... sort of.

Super Barrio fights for the rights of the down-trodden

  1. Super Barrio (Mexico) - fights for civil rights for workers and the poor in Mexico City

  2. Terrifica (New York, USA) - Helps drunken women who are being taken advantage of by predatory men in New York bars.

  3. Citizen Prime (Arizona, USA) - promotes good citizenship, visits schools, youth centres and hospitals promoting good will

  4. The Crimefighter Corps: Captain Jackson/Queen of Hearts/Crimefighter Girl (Jackson, Michigan, USA) - Light crime fighting (sanctioned by the local police) and charity work. It seems that Captain Jackson was recently caught drunk-driving.

  5. Angle Grinder Man (Kent, UK) - Vigilante. Cuts wheel clamps of disgruntled drivers cars.

  6. Tothian (New York, USA) - patrolling the seedier areas of New York, protecting the public. President of the Heroes Network

  7. Ragensi (California, USA) - patrols the streets looking for paranormal activity

  8. Polar Man (Iqaluit, Canada) Shovels snow for the elderly and provides food and clothing for the needy.

  9. Doktor DiscorD (Indianapolis, USA) - "We don't care about victimless crime like drug use or people buying prostitutes. the kind of CRIME we're talking about is the kind that makes little old ladies afraid to leave their houses." - quote from his web site.

  10. Metrowoman (Washington DC, USA) - promotes ecological issues and public transport

and a super bonus extra

Now I really don't think I need to comment on this, I don't want to be rude!!!

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