I bet you didn't think they actually existed well you're wrong! Every day and night these real life superheroes are patrolling their cities and neighborhoods. In 2011 HBO released a documentary called Superheroes.
A journey inside the world of real life caped crusaders. From all over America, these self-proclaimed crime fighters, don masks, homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere.
Before watching the documentary I kept thinking these people were going to be nothing but a bunch of trouble getting in the way doing more harm than good. I know, I sounded pretty harsh then. Luckily, I kept my mind open and had a change of heart after watching the documentary. It made me realize these people really do care about helping others and making people feel safe. From painting over vandalized walls, chasing down a mugger, breaking up fights, helping the elderly walk across the street, calling a cab for someone who's under the influence of alcohol, giving food and water to the homeless.
After that I was hooked. These guys are everywhere and I mean everywhere! Some of the heroes belong to different organizations like how Marvel has The Avengers and DC has the Justice League. It's so cool! I tip my hat off to these men and women that have the courage to become a real life superhero. Not many of us could live that type of lifestyle.
The pictures below were taken by photographer Dean Bradshaw who's based in Los Angeles, California. I'm a big fan of his work and yet again, he knocks it right out of the park with this series of portraits. Enjoy!
FYI: All backgrounds for each superhero is fictional only their super-names are real.
MISS FIT: Former pro-bodybuilder Martha Stewart discovers she's the long lost cousin of Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman. Using her Amazonian genes for good, Martha takes on the superhero identity as Miss Fit! Martha is natural born leader and hard worker. With a NEVER quit attitude you can always count on her to get the job done. She is known as the strongest Amazonian ever.
Divine Force: A member of the Divine Corps. With the Divinity Gem Billy Baker now holds the power of the Divine Force. With his new powers, Billy has the ability to slow and fast-forward time (to a certain extent). The gem can only be used when Billy is under severe amounts of stress.
Grim: Think of this guy as a combination of Batman and Punisher. Roman "The Grim" Grimnales was a former pro-motocross rider for the Metal Mulisha. After witnessing his wife being brutally murdered with an axe by the mafia because he failed to come in last in a race. After that dramatic experience Grim swore to devote his entire life to fight crime,and he's not afraid to kill.
Power Boy & Red Comet: Power Boy and Red Comet may look like your ordinary 9 year-olds, but that's actually far from the truth. Born Thorne and Draven on the planet Terminus. They are Terminans just like fellow Milestone superhero Icon. Both brothers once belonged to the Termnian special-ops military unit called Ryker-Blade. Until one unfaithful event when their ship was shot down! The brothers managed to escape in their lifepods.
On March 19, 1945 an alien ship landed in Ellington, Missouri (20 years after the Tri-State Tornado of 1925). When landed the ship altered the appearance of Thorne and Draven in order for them to blend into their new environment. The closest life forms were two little boys playing around abandon houses that were destroyed by the tornado of 1925.
In present day Thorne and Draven have decided to stick with their youthful identities as they use their new found abilities to fight crime as - Power Boy (Thorne) and Red Comet (Draven). They hold the same powers and abilities as Icon.
Chesire Cat: He's a mix between Rorschach and the Joker. Some say he did time for murdering a man with a crowbar for robbing a convenience (he was only 12 years-old). It's best to leave this man alone.
Geist: Wayne Eastwood is from the year 3000 where Earth is a complete wasteland that's filled with outlaws. As a bounty-hunter/superhero Geist is here to kick some ass. Geist doesn't really have any super powers, but he does have a crap load of awesome toys! He has two plasma pistols, cloaking device, pyro-grenades, plasma shotgun, and his hover bike (armed with two large caliber machine guns and grenade launcher).
Wayne relies the most on his quick wits and ability to adapt to any environment to get the job done.
Golden Don: A former mafia enforcer by the name of Dante Lo Presti is now the menacing vigilante of Chicago. Not much his known about his past life as an enforcer or anything else before that, but let's be glad that he's on our side now. He's not much of a Bruce Wayne but he drives a sweet 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner (all black). For weapons of choice he carries a stun baton, aluminum baseball bat, Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun, Ka-Bar USMC Knife, .357 Magnum and two Glock 30S.
We The People: We The People is the boy scout of the team. W.E.P gains his superpowers from positivity and the feeling of hope from all life-forms. Having the powers of super-strength, super-speed (not as fast as the Flash), super-durability (like Wonder Woman), the ability to fly and his greatest weapon The PEOPLE'S PUNCH! Imagine the spirit Bomb from DBZ all in one punch. His powers are limited by the people surrounding him. If people are scared and feel hopeless, then W.E.P becomes weaker.