Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Superheroes Are Reals!!

Maybe it was that bad reality series on the Sci-Fi Channel with Stan Lee. Maybe it's because we live in the 21st Century.

Whatever the reason, They are here.

They are more than 200 people from around the world who adopt secret identities and become Superheroes. However, they call themselves Reals.

Soon the Jade Justice finds himself hip-deep in a supply closet, piling books into a red Radio Flyer wagon. He wheels it back to the lobby, entreating the children to select a text. But the kids seem more interested in peppering him with questions. "So are you a cowboy or something?" one boy asks.

Geist kneels down to reply with a camera-ready grin, "Maybe a super-secret, space-cowboy detective!"


Last October, an organization called Superheroes Anonymous issued an invitation to any and all real-life superheroes: Come to Times Square to meet other Reals face-to-face and discuss the future of the movement. The community roiled with discussion of the invitation—was it a trap by an as-yet-unknown real-life super villain? In the end, only a dozen Reals attended, but the gathering attracted the notice of the New York Times and the BBC, which gave the budding league of justice worldwide ink."

The article with the full story is here, complete with a Google map of worldwide locations of Reals, plus there is a photo gallery.

Cheesy spandex? Sure. But the one who calls himself Jade Justice just looks cheap horror movie scary.

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