Thursday, March 3, 2011
Heroes in the Night Featured in The Sun!
From The Sun: The Statesman with his mum and girlfriend.
It's been an action packed week for myself and Heroes in the Night. Last Friday we were mentioned in the Wall Street Journal...not for advice on stocks, but for an article that focused on Phoenix Jones and Real Life Superheroes.
On Sunday I was "visiting professor" on Crossfire the Crusader's internet radio show, Superhero Academy.
Yesterday, I posted a translation on an article that appeared in a Colombian magazine called SEMANA.
And today...the British tabloids?! Pretty weird, and hilarious.
As reported in a Hero Profile last week, The Statesman was featured in a flurry of stories in the British tabloids, particularly The Sun. The Sun is the top selling English language newspaper. In fact 3 of the top 5 best selling English language newspapers are British tabloids(the other 2 are USA Today and the Times of India).
The Sun followed up with an article centered around a phone interview with me titled:
"16 Superheroes on Streets of Britain" (a good headline, but not as good as say, "Katie Price has it Largie with Himbo Argie," a neighboring Sun story).
The only thing I'll say about this article is that true to form, The Sun's interpretation of what I said is very...creative.
As with any media wave, I've gotten further inquires from British media- The Sun wants to keep the story rolling, a documentary company and a "children's news programme" have contacted me saying they are "keen" to talk to Brit superheroes(so if you are one, send me a message).
Since the article is short, I'll just repost the whole thing here:
16 SUPERHEROES ON STREETS OF BRITAIN
A WHOLE army of masked crusaders is fighting crime on Britain's streets at night, The Sun can reveal.
At least 16 amateur super-heroes have been identified.
They have names such as Vague, Swift, Black Arrow, Lionheart and Terrorvision. But researcher Tea Krulos said many more operated in the shadows. He said: "Britain has more amateur superheroes than you'd guess."
We told last month how chubby bank worker (DELETED), 26 - known as The Statesman but dubbed The Phan-tum by The Sun - secretly dons a Union Jack outfit to fight crime in Birmingham.
US author Krulos has investigated such comic-style heroes for years in the States. And he said: "In America we have many, but they tend to seek publicity.
"In Britain it is a very secretive underground society. They do all they can to avoid publicity and communicate online. Whole forums are set up and often they operate in groups. I have spoken extensively to The Statesman, and he takes what he does very seriously."
Krulos - writing a book on superheroes - said he had spoken to six UK crusaders, and was trailing ten more. He said: "These are normal people wanting adventure and to improve communities. They achieve more than you'd think."