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Photo essay: Superheroes, they’re everywhere!

 INSP 02 February 2019

Superheroes have gone from starring in comic books to forming the building blocks of multi-billion dollar franchises that enjoy worldwide success. But as this superb series of photos from Reuters shows, spandex-clad heroes can also be found on city streets around the world, from Slovakia to Japan, Brazil and America. Whether they are vigilantes, protesters, do-gooders, street artists or mega-fans, everyday people are dressing up to become their favourite superhero. So why is our culture so obsessed with the idea of superheroes? “As a civilization, we are in trouble, and so we naturally search for heroes to rescue us from our various problems,” says superhero expert Michael Kantor. INSP investigates. (682 Words) - By Laura Smith

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An unidentified man, who calls himself Mangetsu-man (Mr. Full Moon), pauses as he cleans Nihonbashi bridge using a broom with a volunteer, while clad in a costume featuring a full moon for a head, in Tokyo August 25, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Issei Kato

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Retired Brazilian police officer Andre Luiz Pinheiro, 50, dressed as super-hero Batman, runs at Santa Terezinha square in Taubate city, Sao Paulo state. Pinheiro has been called to help police patrol the crime-ridden streets of Taubate, in Brazil.Credit: REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio

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A man dressed as comic book character Spiderman reads newspapers after installing a banner in front of a big screen in central Hong Kong.Credit: REUTERS/Kin Cheung

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Tadahiro Kanemasu a.k.a the "Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger" carries a woman's shopping cart at the station in Tokyo August 23, 2019. In a green outfit with silver trim and matching mask, a superhero waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station, lending his strength to the elderly, passengers lugging heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers.Credit: REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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Artists dressed as "Thor" (L) and "Iron Man" pose for photographers next to a line of police officers during a demonstration outside the Federal District Government building at Zocalo Square in Mexico city July 13, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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Zoltan Kohari (R), known as the Slovak Batman, laughs with neighbour Jana Kocisova in the town of Dunajska Streda, some 34 miles (55 km) south of Bratislava. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

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Children ride a rollercoaster with "Spider-Man" (L), "Cyclops" and "Captain America" (R) at a promotional event at Universal Orlando. Credit: REUTERS/Rick Fowler/Universal Orlando

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Eric Royster (L) in costume as "Captain America" walks with his wife Andrea O'Leary and 4-year-old daughter Isabella as they enjoy the pop culture convention Comic Con in New Orleans, Louisiana. Credit: REUTERS/Bill Haber

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A 41-year-old man going by the name of Chibatman rides his "Chibatpod" on the road in Chiba, east of Tokyo, August 31, 2019.Credit: REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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Benjamin Fodor, aka Seattle superhero "Phoenix Jones", speaks to the media after making a court appearance in Seattle, Washington October 13, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Nicole Neroulias

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Peter Norbot and Kris Hamilton (L), dressed up as fictional comic book superhero Spider-Man, look through a magazine as they wait for their turn to audition to be a part of a promotional campaign for the upcoming release of the new movie "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in Chicago. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young


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