They're not quite the superheroes of comic books...yet at the same time, they're something more than the costumed fans you see at comic book conventions.
Who are they? They're the so-called "real-life superheroes" we occasionally see on those "News of the Weird" websites or TV news fluff pieces. They're people from all walks of life who "hear the calling" to put on a homemade costume and fight the real crime and injustice of the cities under their "protection".
From time to time, I thought I'd shine the spotlight on some of these low-wattage champions of justice. Here's the first batch (click on their photos for a larger view, and their names for more info):
Name: Citizen Prime
Base of Operations: Phoenix, Arizona
Mission: "Finding the hero inside every man, woman and child and priming their true greatness."
Equipment: • A $4000 costume, which includes a steel-plated upper body shield designed by a professional armor maker. • Nissan X-Terra equipped with an electric stun gun • bean bag stun gun • cell phone
Quote: "I am a warrior for peace. Some call me a Real Life Super Hero. If that is true then I am the next evolution of such things."
Name: Captain Jackson
Base of Operations: Jackson, Michigan
Mission: "To work with the Police and Community Groups to create Educational programs keyed toward the promotion of Jackson."
Equipment: Pepper spray.
Quote: "I like fighting crime here."
Name: Luke Pie-Rocker
Base of Operations: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mission: "At Galactic Pizza...we see a world full of cooperation, sustainability, and harmony with our surroundings."
Equipment: Wears employer-issued spandex costume (all delivery drivers for Galactic Pizza must wear superhero costumes) • Drives a "Gizmo", a tiny, one-person electric vehicle.
Quote: "The Spandex really helps. It streamlines me."
Name: Angle Grinder Man
Base of Operations: Kent and London, England
Mission: Fighting the city’s effort to immobilize cars for parking violations, zealous traffic police officers, and "mean-spirited law enforcement".
Equipment: A large, gold-painted Angle Grinder.
Quote: "I may not be able to single-handedly and totally cast off the repressive shackles of a corrupt government - but I can cut off your wheel-clamps for you."
Base of Operations: New York, New York
Mission: Looking out for women who've had too much to drink and are in danger of being taken advantage of by men.
Equipment: A utility belt containing pepper spray, a cell phone, lipstick, a camera to photograph alleged predators, a journal, Terrifica fortune cards, and Smarties for energy.
Quote: "I protect the single girl living in the big city."
Trust me, there are many more where these came from...so stay tuned for part two of Who's Who in the Real-World Superhero Universe!