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Superheroes - for those days when jeans and a tee just won't cut it

January 16th, 2008 at 05:40 pm

This entry definitely has something to do with personal finance. Admittedly its a stretch but I was driven to write about it.

My other half and I read an article this evening about ordinary folks donning costumes and bettering their corner of the world by commiting 'superhuman acts'. Some refer to themselves as "Reals" and others as "Superheroes". Yes, you read that right. In the United States alone there are 150 to 200 superheroes, according to Ward Rubrecht's CityPages article, Real Life Superheroes.

These heroes don't appear to have x-ray vision or the ability to leap tall buildings with a single bound but they do appear to have a love of comic books, compassion for their fellow man (or superhero), and a desire to help others. They also seem to have a real flair for fashion as evidenced by hero-gear.net.

Michael Brinatte, who pro wrestles using the name Jack T. Ripper, owns and operates the site. He spends a good deal of his time making costumes for superheroes and has built a nice business of it. I imagine it's also helped him hone his sewing skills!

So, if you have cash burning a hole in your pocket and know of a need in your community or if you just get bored with those jeans and a tee, you might want to check out Ward's article and Michael's website.

**Disclaimer** I don't know any superheroes nor do I receive monetary compensation in any way from the entities mentioned. I do, however, receive some chuckles and a few warm fuzzies from the concept!

6 Responses to “Superheroes - for those days when jeans and a tee just won't cut it”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Ruht-roh. I looked at the slide show and I think I saw my brother-in-law, my sister-in-law, my plumber neighbor two doors down who goes everywhere with his dog, and that girl from high school who was always trying to sell the feather and copper earrings she had made. Smile

  2. denisentexas Says:

    lol Joan! I didn't see anyone I recognized but when I squinted just so I thought one of them looked like my ex husband. Wink

  3. annab Says:


    that's all that can be said, really.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hmm, what the?! OMG, this entry is absolutely hilarious! And quite entertaining! Admittedly, I didn't read the entire article, but ah, people who decide to become superheros in real life will also need to read up on their real life state laws. Depending on what it is, a lot of things that they carry and do could land them in the evildoer jail.

    And besides, all that gear is just plain expensive! But ah, at least their heart's in the right place even if they're wallet isn't.

  5. denisentexas Says:

    BA, that's kind of what I thought! I found it very amusing. Wink

  6. luxliving Says:

    OMGosh, some of those pictures!

    WELL, that's different!!

    *and I'm sorry, but that guy in the green suit IS scary looking in a freaky, sleezy looking kind of way. He may have all the good intentions in the world, but he looks like Jack the Ripper or something. Of course, this may just be because I went to see a scary movie and I'm seeing boogers everywhere, but um, yeah, back away from the green suit Mister!

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