Comic Book Superheroes and Real Life Heroes

Firefighters are Superheroes in our society. People with less dangerous jobs are also heroes.
Firefighters are Superheroes in our society. People with less dangerous jobs are also heroes. | Source

Can We Avoid Senseless Death?

Hubber shareif13 asks why we do not do something about senseless death?

Some individuals are are doing plenty! Some others are afraid to move. Some people are doing nothing at all and, worse, taking from those that do something. That's life. The universe tends toward entropy, the ultimate do-nothing.

I've been reading a lot lately about people that have been adamant about the need for change in their youth and by the time they have worked at it for 30 years, are exasperated. This sentiment came from the band DEVO's member Jerry Casale before their performance at the Ohio State Fair on August 4, 2010.

Their music had raged against such things as materialism, bigotry, and non-thinking conformity from 1970 onwards, until they became overtired in their efforts -- But here they are back at it once again. protesting is doing something, indeed, and musicians, writers, artists, and actors have protested for 100s of years. They will keep doing so. DEVO protests in superhero-like costumes within the framework of capitalism and a little of the protesting gets through to people.

Approaching Oblivion

Oblivion

The writer Harlan Ellison® said the same for change as the early 1970's DEVO had done, back in 1974 in the introduction I just read to his collection of stories called Approaching Oblivion.

Humans are killing humanity, then and now. One thing links Ohioans DEVO and Ellison - their experience of the May 4, 1970 killings at Kent State University (DEVO members' school) of four unarmed students by the armed military of the Ohio National Guard. Why didn't someone do something?

Memorial to People that Did Something

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Kent State University Memorial to slain student Jeffrey, photographed in face down position by John Filo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the picture.Map of the massacre.
Kent State University Memorial to slain student Jeffrey, photographed in face down position by John Filo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the picture.
Kent State University Memorial to slain student Jeffrey, photographed in face down position by John Filo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the picture.
Map of the massacre.
Map of the massacre.

Do Something Valuable

DEVO Jerry Carsale says he's exasperated with the daily dilemma and Ellison said back in 1974 that he would sit back and write his stories as a warning to the stupid and laugh at human stupidity, except that human stupidity kills him just as it kills the stupid and he doesn't like it. Neither do I. The futurist author decided to write and to voice his exasperation at once and you can see and hear him in numerous YoutTube clips.

So why does not someone - anyone - do something? I say again that some people do so.

Four Kent State Students protested President Richard Nixon's wrong-headed move to invade Cambodia and were killed for it, while 9 unamred others (some merely spectators) were wounded. Doing something can cost one's life and this is one reason that many people will do nothing to intervene in political and social issues.

Still other people put themselves on the line of fire and even don costumes to fight injustice. We used to read about Superheroes in the comics and Stan Lee gave us the reality show Who Wants to be a Superhero? The film Mystery Men showed us whaty ordinary people can do in a costume and even without a second persona and today's citizens are taking up the mantel of Superman's Truth, Justice, and The American Way (the good part of it, we hope).

Excelsior!

How to Be a Superhero

Up into the 2000s, we heard on the news and saw in TV series like Law and Order, several instances of mentally unbalanced men in New York City dressing in superhero costumes of a sort and going into the streets to fight what they believed to be crime. Many of the real and the fictional were killed by accidents in the process and their neighborhoods grieved for them.

However, real-life champions of justice and helps ministries of a sort began making their own costumes and advancing on the quick and the evil in the streets.

A handful of organizations have arisen to register and recognize these everyday superheroes, but the most popular one is Superheroes Anonymous, with headquarters in Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Superhero Supplies

Meet Captain Black: Brotherhood-Loyalty-Ability-Courage-Kindness

On the pages of MySpace.com and in Internet chat rooms, the superheroes plan missions and exchange tips on fighting crime.

— James Pitkin, Williamette Week, March 5, 2008
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An old Captain Marvel shirt from the movie serials. Images public domain. Costumes may be very simple.Wow comic No. 38; 1941.
An old Captain Marvel shirt from the movie serials. Images public domain. Costumes may be very simple.
An old Captain Marvel shirt from the movie serials. Images public domain. Costumes may be very simple. | Source
Wow comic No. 38; 1941.
Wow comic No. 38; 1941. | Source

The People That are Superheroes Anonymous

Visit the link above in the links box to learn more about dozens of Americans in New York and elsewhere that put on costumes - or not - and fight injustice. A few of these individuals have their own webpages:

Captain Black: - Captain Black promotes crime prevention and self development in New Orleans and globally via the Internet.

The Guardians of the Gate: Kerry Davis and Ken Hopper stop people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to commit suicide.

Zeta Man: Part Zorro, part Superman, read this superhero's former blog: reallifesuperheroes.com/2011/06/20/zetaman/ His chronicler is Peter Tangen (petertangen.com), who is a portrait photographer, including superheroes.

Zetaman: Portland Oregon's Super Hero

More Real Life Heroes!

Additional Real Life Superheroes are at www.reallifesuperheroes.com Thanatos the Dark Avenger (helps the homeless of Vancouver BC), The Crimson Fist, KnightVigil (helps migrant workers in Florida and wears black and shining silver armor), and others.

All this is serious business for the superheroes. One woman dresses in costume and patrols bars in NYC, intervening on the behalf young women that have drunk too much alcohol and look to be in trouble. A few, including at least one doctor, go to the homeless camps in major cities at night and help the people living in them with food, clothing, and blankets.

Many contribute funds to a number of charities, but also put on a costume and help the recipients face-to-face. Others break up fights and stop muggings as they occur.

Supermen

De-evolution (DEVO) is the state of humanity becoming worse and worse as time advances. DEVO was formed to protest this status.

Has much changed since the 1970s?

Something for Everybody

DEVO's new album is a collection of songs that warn us of disasters; for example, the effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and its long-term aftermath. Two of their selections form this album are presented below in videos.

The men of Devo are superheroes in costume and intent, calling out warnings and hoping we will listen while we are having fun with their music and dance. Their music is described by the press as "chirpy and chilly, perky and punky." Current group members include Gerald Casale, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh ("Bob 1"), Bob Casale ("Bob 2"), and Josh Freese on Drums

Excelsior!


© 2010 Patty Inglish

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Comments and Superheroes 16 comments

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Interesting and thank you for pointing them out.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Write On! Writting this Hub is making a change for the good!!! Thank you...Our society is finally making it more popular to be nice than nasty...may this trend continue...


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

@Hello, hello - Thank you for reading and commenting. You're a good friend and avid reader/writer.

@LillyGrillzit! - I've read a few of your Hubs and see that you are making more and more difference in the world around you and I admire that. Early in childhood, I became sensitive to injustice and "wrong"-ness in the world and began to speak out when I found opportunities to do so. There is indeed good-ness to be reached and it can be done. Let's make costumes!


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Earth Angel 6 years ago

GREAT Hub Dearest Patty!!

It seems no one remembers Kent State anymore!! Thank you for bringing it back to life!! MY cousin was one of the four killed that day!! It shook a hundred families to their core!!

"WE need to be the change we want in the world!!"

Blessings to you Super-Hero Patty!! Mighty pen in hand!! Or keyboard!!

Earth Angel!!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

YOUR COUSIN, Earth Angel! Now this death and wounding are 100 times more real to me and it makes my whole body ache to know it more. Therefore, more action cometh.

Be the change? Teach the change to children as well, from birth, starting immediately. The world will change or burn out, this is true.

Thank you Earth Angel, and thanks to your cousin for sacrifices.


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snkhan120 6 years ago

VERY GOOD INFO


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

That was awesome. The band new to me ? Loved their lyrics. Loved you ´take´on it all. Thank you Patty.

´There´s no place like home to return to´and as far as we know ther´s no other planet like earth to escape to.... we do indeed need to look after this one.


The Transient 6 years ago

Thank you for lighting up a world shrouded in darkness Patty! We must constantly open our own and others' eyes.

It is great to hear that people are waking up at an increasing rate across the world. Too long have we all been plagued by the violence and greed needed to survive in our current system.

My only hope is that people will begin to realize that chancing your life to do some good for somebody else is what it's all about. For those out there that are too scared to do something because they may get hurt or die, or their "friends" might not think the same of them, you have been deceived. Wake up and control your life or sacrifice it more than you believe you would by fighting back.

We live in a sad, sad world and t hurts me everyday when I see that we are still on the loosing end of this battle. Due to this fact I have been charging into battle with a unique battle cry for over fifteen years now. "We must change our way of thinking!" It is only because of the way we think that we are so evil and corrupt. We value money and status over love and friendship. We believe war is the only way to get what we want and forget that peace allows everybody to win.

Alas, we cannot deceive ourselves and believe the enemy will allow us to live peacefully and take away their power without a fight. But are we all willing to fight and die for peace? We will soon have to decide.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Awesome hub, it makes me want to be a superhero. Props to the men and women that protect the inocent.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

True "change" is frightening for most people... The label of "superhero" can apply to many actions, or non actions. Thanks for another thought provoking hub.


andrewdangelo 6 years ago

This just proves to me that there are people out there who really do care and pretty much sacrifice their own lives to help others.

These people take action to help those in need.

Thank you for sharing this.

Andy


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Painter Penfield 5 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

Great hub! I echo what the Transient said re changing our thinking. This is one of the reasons I push hard with the reuse recycle scene in my art and in my hubs some of which are about my art. Reshaping one's thoughts to the love of humanity and our planet, like everything else, has to be done one step and one person at a time. Catch yourself holding onto the water bottles, cigar boxes and tin cans instead of giving them a toss to the landfills and you can be a superhero too by doing your part ;). That place in Brooklyn is very cool too Been there.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

I very much admire the heroic thoughts that bring good change!


surlyoldcat 5 years ago

You seem to gravitate towards heroes and the like, yes? Glad to be included in your circle of HP chums.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Yes. I liked certain Comic Books - The first Green Lantern; Green Hornet, Hawkman and Hawkwoman, Aquaman, Super Mouse with power-imparting cheese (different from Mighty Mouse), and Daffy Duck as a superhero and space man. It was more about "other"space and fractals for me, like outer space and undersea and cyberspace having similarities. But, I like the everyday heroes, and of course I like costumes.

I shall become an old martial artist with a superhero costume and one super cat - a talking tiger in a cape or some such. Beware - we are just around the corner of time...


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Painter Penfield 5 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

Woot! Love it...can Mr. Lucky (my ultra cool cat "Buddha Bodhisattva Kathmandu Lucky")wear his cape and fly along with you? My old '69 Vette with t-tops was nick-named The Green Hornet. There is nothing like poring over those old comic books ( er graphic novels?) on a rainy day.

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