Looks like this is what it’s come to–taking their cue from comic books, average citizens (of the genus Humanus baboonus) are donning masks and costumes to fight crime. His breath “fogs the winter air as he surveys the frozen Minneapolis skyline, searching for signs of trouble. His long duster flaps in the breeze as his eyes flick behind reflective sunglasses; a wide-brim hat and green iridescent mask shroud his identity from those who might wish him harm…”. That’s the superhero Emerald Enforcer. According to the article he uses “smoke grenades, pepper spray, a slingshot, and a pair of six-inch fighting sticks tucked into sturdy leather boots. Leather guards protect [his] arms; his signature weapon, an Argentinean cattle-snare called bolos, hangs from a belt-holster.” There are supposedly up to two hundred such superheroes in America. Read more
They’re out there, guarding you 24/7; they are the brave street superheroes
See slide show of real life superheroes
Incidental intelligence question: Why do so many superheroes insist on wearing their underwear on the outside of their costume?
UPDATE: here’s another link, describing real life homeless superheroes.
UPDATE: from Rolling Stone Magazine
Hey here’s a Dragnet episode (from the late sixties) on the this very subject–right HERE.
Here’s an update, this one from Ohio:
Update (7/10/09): Superman and Batman battle law enforcement in NYC..