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Website documents life with real-life superheroes


No doubt you’ll remember the various news stories that started popping up over the last year or so about “real life superheroes” — nonfictional, Kick-Ass-esque folks donning costumes to help their communities and fight crime.

Photographer Peter Tangen started a site where he’s shining “some light on this new breed of activism and altruism” with a new website called “The Real Life Super Hero Project” that features videos, feature stories and Alex Ross-inspired portraits of the heroes.

“Now, what began as a gallery exhibit, has come to serve as the launching pad of something far greater—a living, breathing community that inspires people to become the positive forces for change we all can be. To become more active, more involved, more committed, and perhaps, a little super in the process,” the site reads. They also have an active Facebook page, and you can check out a trailer for the site after the jump.




nice way to rip off the cover to Kingdom Come.

More losers for the media to make fun of….

Peter Tangen did the photography for this project. He also did the posters for Batman Begins, the Spiderman movies and Hellboy. We have site about real life superheroes where we are discussing the project. You can find it at


With all due respect to you, My Friend, it’s not a rip-off, but an homage. It was entirely the goal at the beginning of the shoot.

Peter believes, as many of us do, that Alex Ross showed our fantasy heroes in a very realistic way that was also noble. As Pete learned that there were real heroes who didn’t need to be painted, but could be photographed in real life, Alex’s work was an obvious inspiration.

I also know that Mr. Ross knows about the Project and heartily approves. Who knows, he might want to paint us if he has time in his busy schedule.

All My Best,
(That’s me in the green, front and center.)

the world needs more citizen heroes like these guys. The more people there are who aren’t afraid to do what right the safer our world will become

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