Decouvrez les vrais super-heros

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Découvrez les vrais super-héros

The Real Life Super Hero Project met des coups de projecteur sur les super-héros du quotidien.
Par Emmanuel Beiramar
28 juillet 2010 | Mis à jour 28 juillet 2010
Les super-héros se classent en plusieurs catégories :
Il y a les super-héros mutants comme Wolverine ou Magneto.
Il y a les super-héros extraterrestres ou venant d’autres dimensions comme Superman ou Thor.
Il y a les super-héros nés d’un accident comme Spider-Man ou Hulk.
Il y a les super-héros sans pouvoirs comme Batman, Iron Man, la plupart des Watchmen ou les héros de Kick-Ass.
Et il y a les super-héros du quotidien. Ceux qui existent vraiment et qui tentent d’aider leur prochain. Ils sont costumés, « Anonyme et désintéressés», nous explique le site de The Real Life Superhero Project. « ils choisissent tous les jours, de faire une différence dans le monde qui les entoure. Qu’il s’agisse de nourrir les affamés, réconforter les malades, ou nettoyer leur quartier, ils sauvent de vraies vies, de façon très concrète. Ce ne sont pas “des excentriques en costumes », comme on pourrait le croire au premier coup d’œil. Ils sont, tout simplement, une réponse radicale à un problème … radical. »
Le photographe Peter Tangen, dont on peut voir le travail sur des affiches de Batman Begins ou Spider-Man, a décidé de s’intéresser à ce mouvement particulier. Il a contacté 20n de ces super-héros du quotidien pour les prendre en photos, dans leur costume.
Conçu à la base comme une exposition, The Real Life Superhero Project a pris de l’ampleur et attire de plus en plus de personnes, qu’il s’agisse d’artistes, de musiciens, de sportifs ou même d’hommes politiques. Le projet leur donne envie de devenir plus actifs, plus impliqués, plus engagés, et peut-être, un peu plus « super » dans leur vie de tous les jours.
Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur le site officiel de The Real Life Superhero Project.
Translation to English

Discover the real heroes

he Real Life Super Hero Project puts the spotlight on the heroes of everyday life.
by Emmanuel Beiramar
The superheroes fall into several categories:
There are superhero mutants like Wolverine or Magneto.
There are superheroes or aliens from other dimensions like Superman or Thor.
There are heroes born of an accident such as Spider-Man or Hulk.
There are superheroes without powers like Batman, Iron Man, most of the heroes of Watchmen or Kick-Ass.
And there are the heroes of everyday life. Those that do exist and trying to help others. They are dressed, “Anonymous and disinterested,” explains the website of The Real Life Superhero Project . “They choose every day to make a difference in the world around them.  Whether feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, or clean their neighborhood, they save real lives, in very concrete ways. These are not “eccentric costumes,” as it may seem at first glance. They are simply a radical response to a problem … radical. ”
Photographer Peter Tangen, which can be seen working on posters of Batman Begins or Spider-Man, has decided to focus on this particular movement.  He contacted 20n of these super-heroes of everyday life and take pictures in their costumes.
Designed from the ground like an exhibition, The Real Life Superhero Project has grown and attracted more and more people, whether artists, musicians, sportsmen and even politicians. The project makes them want to become more active, more involved, committed, and perhaps a little more “super” in their everyday life.
For more information, visit the official website of The Real Life Superhero Project .

Comics Alliance on the RLSH Project

Protect Your Neighborhood By Joining The Real Life Super Hero Project
Jun 23rd 2010 By: Josh Wigler
If you’re a comic book fan, chances are very high that you’ve dreamed of being a superhero at some point in your life. It’s a wish that nearly got David Lizewski killed over the course of “Kick-Ass,” but don’t look at that horror story as your example – look at The Real Life Super Hero Project instead.

Photo by Peter Tangen

Photo by Peter Tangen

Initially conceived by photographer Peter Tangen as a way to visually document the actions of real life self-proclaimed superheroes, The Real Life Super Hero Project has since evolved into “a living, breathing community that inspires people to become the positive forces for change we all can be.” In other words, we’re not talking about guys who go out and bring their fists to bear on criminals everywhere – these superheroes are cleaning up the streets through charity work, community service and other similar acts of neighborly kindness.
You can check out the project’s official website for profiles on some of these heroes – such as Life, a bowler cap wearing defender of Manhattan’s homeless population – and more information on how you can contribute to the growing network of real life superheroes.
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RLSH Project on Comic Book Resource

Website documents life with real-life superheroes
Posted on June 21, 2010 – 01:09 PM by JK Parkin

Photo by Peter Tangen

Photo by Peter Tangen

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.
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Superhero Obsession: Why We Love Fantasy

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From Jesus to Hercules to Superman and Iron Man, All Cultures Have Own Mythic Heroes


May 31, 2010—
It is a most basic human urge, the age-old, universal desire to overcome our limitations, to soar and to unlock superpowers hidden within us. Living out those fantasies is more popular now than ever before.
Nearly every weekend, somewhere in the United States, a convention is held to celebrate comic book superheroes. Thousands turned out for the C2E2 convention in Chicago, which celebrates the culture of superhero comics, artwork and graphic novels. While comic art and writing have long been popular, the genre is undergoing a revival of sorts.
“It’s really the golden era of superheroes,” said Jim Lee, co-publisher of DC Comics, who attended the convention.
There’s been an explosion of superhero movies this past decade, featuring classic figures such as Superman, Batman, Spiderman and Iron Man. The recent hit, “Iron Man 2,” has grossed more than $200 million since opening earlier this month.
Watch the full story on “SuperHumans!” a special edition of “20/20” Tuesday, June 1 at 10 p.m. ET
But beyond the fun and the fantasy, at the heart of these stories is something deeper. Superheroes have long provided a window into the human psyche.
“They’re empowerment stories, and what’s better than that,” said screenwriter David Koepp, who wrote “Spiderman,” among other scripts about ordinary people who discover they have extraordinary powers. “The golden age of fantasy is often when society is going through a hard time.”
As for why now, Koepp said: “I think 9/11 and the souring of the economy have had a lot to do with it, because people want fantasy. They want to escape to a place where they feel a fantasy of success and omnipotence, you’re safe and you’re protected.”
It’s no coincidence that our first great comic superhero, Superman, first appeared in an earlier age of deep anxiety — the Great Depression. He reflected a nation’s need to be uplifted. Soon, Americans were in the midst of a wrenching debate over whether to get involved in World War II. Superman and other comic book heroes were drafted to help convince a divided nation that the U.S should enter the war. Superman was even depicted battling Hitler.
“They became cheerleaders for the war effort,” said Christopher Knowles, author of “Our Gods Wear Spandex.” “These characters were very important, as sort of motivators for the populace.”

Was Jesus the First Superhero?

Knowles said mythic figures have always been an important part of society, dating back centuries. “Superman is really the modern incarnation of Hercules.”
In the ancient world, said Knowles, “gladiators would dress up as their favorite god or hero. You would have generals that would pray to a certain god, before they went into battle. So this is something that’s very deep within ourselves. It’s an impulse, this need to transcend human weakness and immortalize ourselves.”
Every culture — and every religion — has its mythic heroes. Princeton University professor of religion Elaine Pagels, a leading expert on the history of Christianity author of several books, said even Jesus appeared to be imbued with certain “superpowers.”
“He heals people with a touch,” said Pagels. “He can raise the dead. … When people feel vulnerable, they look at Jesus with the superpowers who’s going to come in the clouds … and right all the wrongs. What could be better than a God who could come and do all of that? ”
Every era creates the superheroes it needs. There is currently a new wave of super-heroines, following in the footsteps of Wonder Woman and Bat-Girl.

Modern Day Super-Heroines

Among those creating the new generation of female superheroes is writer Gail Simone. “We’ve got some great, strong, powerful female characters now that have their own fans,” said Simone. “And, they don’t have to have Superman in the comic with them to be successful.”
And they don’t have to wear spandex to fulfill the role.
“A really interesting example … is Twilight,” said Knowles, who contrasted the familiar image of a frightening Dracula with the new image of vampires as sexy and young. “They glow in the daylight. … They’re beautiful, they’re intelligent … they give young girls what they want in life … eternal youth, eternal beauty, everlasting love. These are not vampires anymore, these are superheroes.”
The recent surge in interest in superheroes has also created a market for early comics. Recently, New York comic book dealer Vincent Zurzolo sold a high-grade first edition of the 1938 Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, for a staggering $1.5 million dollars.
“Superman ushered in the age of the superhero,” said Zurzolo. “Before superman there were heroes, but nobody quite like Superman with super powers. ”

Real-Life Superheroes Among Us

More than 70 years later, people seem to want more than ever to relate to and even become superheroes. In the recent movie, “Kick-Ass,” actress Chloe Moretz plays a young girl who dresses up and morphs into a real-life wanna-be superhero.
And across the country, people are actually creating their own real-life superheroes personas. There are more than a dozen of these real-life superheroes, with names like “Thanatos,” “Nyx,” and “Life,” who dress up and take to the streets to fight crime and help the needy.
“None of us are ever going to shoot rays out of our eyes and we’re probably not going to fly any time soon,” said “Life,” who helps feed the homeless in upper Manhattan, wearing a black vest, hat and mask. “But …we all have the powers to do something, and it’s just a matter of using out own god-given gifts and putting them toward good and making the world a better place.”
This month, Los Angeles movie poster photographer Peter Tangen is mounting an exhibit of those real-life superheroes — including “DC’s Guardian.” Tangen photographed more than 20 real-life superheroes for a project that will help raise money for children’s charity.
CLICK HERE to see Tangen’s photos of real-life superheroes and CLICK HERE for more information on Tangen’s exhibit
“It immediately caught my attention that there were these people that actually took it into the real streets and used it in their lives to try to make the world a better place,” said Tangen.

Will Superhero Boom End?

Is there any end to this current boom in superheroes in sight? Not soon, according to Knowles. “When is the economy going to really rebound? When are we going to go back to those nineties boom times? When are we not going to be worried about terrorism? We need the fantasy … it’s a balm.”
There’s also a full slate of superhero movies over the next couple of years, including, “The Avengers,” “Thor,” “Captain” “America,” “Green Hornet” and “Green Lantern.” It’s all part of that yearning to unlock the superhero within us.
“Superhero stories, all heroic myth stories teach us and tell us that it is possible, that you can do it,” said artist and author Arlen Schumer. “In real life, we often cannot overcome our obstacles. We cannot get justice, we cannot right wrongs … and we need stories to tell ourselves that we could be this; we could act this way.”
Watch the full story on “SuperHumans!” a special edition of “20/20” Tuesday, June 1 at 10 p.m. ET
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Past the Mask- Update

20/20 will be premiering a two minute segement on Past the Mask: The Real Life Superhero Project on June 1st 2010. Originally the segement was scheduled for 8 minutes. However, to compensate for the cut in air time, 20/20 will be posting more contenting on their website at This content will be made availible May 31st/
Peter Tangen will be relaunching June 1st with brand new content, interviews and articles not only about RLSH but of Real Life Heroes worldwide as well.

Past the Mask on 20/20

Studio-7-800x53320/20 will be airing a segment featuring Superheroes: individuals with extraordinary abilities and inspirational citizen heroes. Life and DC’s Guardian will be featured as part of the Costumed Activist part of the show. ‘Past the Mask: The Real Life Superhero Project’ will be featured as well. This segment is scheduled to premiere Tuesday night, June 1st.
‘Past the Mask is a photo project by Peter Tangen. This project featured twenty individuals from the Real Life Superhero Subculture who flew down to Los Angeles to take part in this. These RLSH, some who have never met each other, were photographed in late September at a studio in Hollywood, California. ‘Past the Mask: The Real Life Superhero Project’ invites viewers, through photos and accompanying text and videos, into the “outsider world” of the RLSH community. A series of “Sub Culture/Pop Culture” posters are to be released on The goal of the project is to create a fundraising event in which proceeds benefit a children’s charity.
Peter Tangen, of Peter Tangen Productions, is world renowned photography. His works include movie posters for the following companies:
20th Century Fox
Bravo TV
Dreamworks SKG
Lionsgate Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
The Sci-Fi Network
Universal Pictures
USA Network
Walt Disney Studios
Warner Bros
Peter Tangen paragraphed and produced the movie posters for the Spiderman trilogy as well as Batman Begins, Most recently, his studio recently produced the movie posters for the remake of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street.’
For more information about ‘Past the Mask: The Real Life Superhero Project’, visit the site at 20/20 will be posting content related to the Real Life Superhero Project on May 31 at
Additional: Peter Tangen has requested that our viewers support Team Justice in their efforts to obtain the Pepsi Refresh grant. Please vote for them at