Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement

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Chicago Review Press, Oct 1, 2013 - Social Science - 288 pages
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On a frigid March night, journalist Tea Krulos shivered in a Milwaukee park, waiting for a masked crimefighter. Finally the Watchman arrived, not in a Batmobile or swinging from a web shooter, but driving a tan, four-door Pontiac. He was in costume, of course—a trenchcoat, motorcycle gloves, army boots, a domino mask, and a red hooded sweatshirt emblazoned with a “W” logo. The two had spoken before on the phone, but never face-to-mask. By the end of the interview, Krulos wasn’t sure if the Watchman was delightfully eccentric or completely crazy. But he was going to find out.             Heroes in the Night traces Krulos’s journey into the strange subculture of Real Life Superheroes, random citizens who have adopted comic-book style personas and hit the streets to fight injustice—helping the homeless, gathering donations for food banks, or patroling their neighborhoods looking for crime to fight. By day, these modern Clark Kents work as dishwashers, pencil pushers, and executives in Fortune 500 companies. But by night, only the Shadow knows.             Well, the Shadow and Tea Krulos. Through historic research, extensive interviews, and many long hours walking on patrol in Brooklyn and Seattle, San Diego and Minneapolis, Krulos discovered what being a RLSH is all about. Heroes in the Night profiles dozens of RLSHs and shares not only their shining, triumphant moments, but some of their ill-advised, terrifying disasters as well.   Tea Krulos is a freelance journalist and creator of the blog “Heroes in the Night.” He lives in Arcadia, Florida.
 

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Contents

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Real Life Superheroes
1
American Superheroes
9
Boy Scouts and Batmen
23
Early Prototypes
41
Great Lakes Alliance
59
The Secret City
79
Coming Out of the Phone Booth
95
A Tapestry of Evil
109
Brooklyns ExSuperheroes
181
Mr Jones and Me
199
People Fighting and Superheroes and Pepper Spray and I Dont Know
213
An Age of Heroes?
227
Masking Up
243
Acknowledgments
251
On Line Resources
253
Notes
255

The Man in the Green Skull Mask
123
International Justice Injection
145
Challengers Assemble
163
Index
265
Back Cover
283
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Tea Krulos is a freelance journalist and creator of the blog Heroes in the Night. He lives in Arcadia, Florida.

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