ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Comic Book Superheroes and Real Life Heroes

Updated on January 11, 2016
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.


The writer Harlan EllisonĀ® 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

Click thumbnail to view full-size
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).


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.

Everything You Need - Brooklyn Superhero Supplies

372 5th Ave Brooklyn, New York 11215:
372 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA

get directions

Brooklyn Superhero Supplies

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

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

— James Pitkin, Williamette Week, March 5, 2008
Click thumbnail to view full-size
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: His chronicler is Peter Tangen (, who is a portrait photographer, including superheroes.

Zetaman: Portland Oregon's Super Hero

More Real Life Heroes!

Additional Real Life Superheroes are at 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.


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


Ā© 2010 Patty Inglish MS


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)