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March 06, 2008

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Captain Average

I think you were wise to use the word "spotlight" rather than "highlight". That would be wrong .Very wrong. I applaud these people for not being afraid of public opinion, but,wow.
-Citizen Prime:I'm betting he doesn't run down many perps in that armor
-Luke Pie-Rocker: More of a service-industry that superhero;guess that makes him the real world analog of Damage Control.
-Terrifica:"She's pulling out her Smarties!Run, so that she may journal how she thwarted our evil plans!"
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Mark Engblom

Yeah, as we say here in the land of Minnesota Nice: "They're certainly different."

You're right, Citizen Prime isn't chasing down too much crime. I think the only action he's seen is stuff like spotting "suspicious individuals" and drunk drivers. I believe one of the articles on him said he was pulled over for speeding at one point (and I believe Captain Jackson was arrested for drunk driving at one point).

Luke sounds like a one-hit wonder, in that I don't think he's got a regular crime patrol....though I suppose since he's got a pizza delivery route, that kinda qualifies.

Terrifica...well, let's just take the high road and say she's got some "man issues".

Wes C

Here in Birmingham we had a superhero named of all things....... Batman.

I only saw him once or twice, but man what a thrill it was to see a real life superhero in Birmingham of all places.

This is a link to a short little piece on him.

http://louanders.blogspot.com/2006/02/batman-of-birmingham.html

It's all there in the article but the long and short of it is this.

Black guy in a white suit and crash helmet.
(Yes he kinda looked like a "Reverse Batman")

Rode around in his own (white!) Batmobile.

Helped motorist in need.

Died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning while in the line of duty.

He is missed.

Mark Engblom

Bizarre and sad...at the same time! Poor guy! I'd love to see a photo of the guy (the link didn't include one).

Wes C

Haven't found a picture of him yet.

Here's a pic of his sweet, sweet ride though.

http://www.louanders.com/uploaded_images/BatRescueShip-725700.jpg

If I remember correctly he even had a state of the art atari 2600 installed in it.

It was on exhibit at the State Fair Grounds for a long time. Not sure if it still is.

It's been probably 25 years since his death and I assume the younger people of B'ham don't even know he existed.

He's one of the reasons I admire these real life "heroes". I just complain about things, but these people are getting out and trying to make a difference.


Jeff Wetherington

Great beginning to this series. I'm posting a link to it on my blog. Thanks.

Mark Engblom

Thanks, Jeff!

Hidden

Their desire to do good is admirable to say the least, but I think they take something away from the idea of costumed crime fighting. They make it seem all like a joke to me. As you said TV news stations use this as fluff a cute story that will make people laugh, and that's how most would see it. Now in no way am I saying that I am against them in costumes or that it is wrong.
Simply Stated: If there ever were a real real life superhero to pop up after these, would the world take what he was trying to do seriously?

Hidden

Their desire to do good is admirable to say the least, but I think they take something away from the idea of costumed crime fighting. They make it seem all like a joke to me. As you said TV news stations use this as fluff a cute story that will make people laugh, and that's how most would see it. Now in no way am I saying that I am against them in costumes or that it is wrong.
Simply Stated: If there ever were a real real life superhero to pop up after these, would the world take what he was trying to do seriously?

Hellboy

Name: Holden McGroin

Base of Operations: the softer side of Sears.

Mission: to bring down psychos that believe themselves to be 'real-life superheroes.'

Equipment: my brain

Quote: Frank Rideau/Master Legend sucks ass.

Tothian

This is hilarious. But in a good way. I know all of them.

RLSH

For the best information on Real Life Superheroes go to www.therlsh.com

Knight Owl

like, dude. seriously. before you post this type of article, try ASKING one of us who is worth mentioning. we will be honest. we're fighting for legitimacy, and blogs of this nature are counter-productive. as a RLSH, i can immediately tell you did appoximately 20 minutes of research through a google or Wiki powered search. how do i know? the info is outdated and most of those featured aren't real, or they quit years ago.

Comic Coverage

No harm intended, "Knight Owl". At the time (and even now, to an extent), I'm a complete outsider to this fascinating sub-culture...so I'm still learning about who's for real and who's just clowning. As for the 20 minutes of research, how much research would you recommend I do...or where? Until recently, the information on RLSH has been pretty scattershot...and I did my best to gather information and present it in a fun-friendly kind of way.

I wouldn't get too worked up about it, Knight Owl. Save your wrath for real criminals and trouble-makers! ;)

knight owl

sorry if i came across as a little harsh, it wasn't intended, honestly. we've received a lot of attention lately and it seems that many of the media only skim the surface online, find the archaic World Superhero Registry site, and then run with it like it's gospel. i just get frustrated because there are far more accurate representative sources online.

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