The Real Life Superhero Project

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The RLSH Project, from Naked Man Comics #2

First Appearance: Naked Man Comics #2

Headquarters: Supertown, USA.

The national team of Real Life Superheroes. The Real-Life Superhero Project work to inspire 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.

Background and creation

The Real-Life Superhero Project team is based on the photo project, The Real Life Superhero Project, by Peter Tangen.[1]

At first, The Real-Life Superhero Project was conceived as an avenue to shine some light on this new breed of activism and altruism, through a photographic installation to benefit the established organizations the superheroes believe in. But as more people were brought into the volunteer project, largely through Tangen’s infectious enthusiasm, the scope and purpose expanded exponentially. -

Publication History

The Real Life Superhero Project first appeared in Naked Man Comics #2. They arrived late to stop the invasion of Universium. In Naked Man Comics #11, the headquarters is located in Supertown, USA.


For over a decade, Chris Justice has fought criminal scum on the mean streets of New York City. Justice has been around since the RLSH inception back in the early 2000s. Since then, he has appeared everywhere, from news articles to wrestling matches.
A Real-Life Superhero living and working in the Secret City, Civitron is an “artistic representation of self, a father, family man, and creative director of socially-conscious events and projects.”
Overnight Owl
Trained as an emergency medical technician (EMT), Overnight Owl is currently working toward his certification as a paramedic. He is the defender of night-time and sleepy feelings.
The Green Pilgrim
Paranoid nut-job from Southeastern Minnesota, kitted out in what can only be described as “green Space-Cowboy chic,” The Green Pilgrim focuses his efforts on those who need it the most; the victims of tragedy, the homeless, and various non-political local charities, getting in quickly and quietly and getting out the same way. He also loves to rant and rave on social media while intoxicated.
Sandwich handler social justice warrior from Rose City.
The most powerful and famous of all RLSH, Superhero defends the streets of Clearwater Florida.
Mr. Extreme
RLSH from Santo Tomas. Mr. Extreme works to prevent violent crime—and easing the suffering of its victims. The primary advocate of Apathy Day.
Ragensi Paranormal Investigator and Masked Adventurer Extraordinaire. From Los Angeles, California.
Thananatoes Dark Avenger of Vancouver, British Columbia.
RLSH who is active in and around the New York City and Northern New Jersey area.
White Hat computer hacker and co-founder of the New York Hipster Initiative Avengers. He was president of the Zeroes Network after Tolkian the avenging angel step down.
Steam Punk themed hero and co-founder of the New York Hipster Initiative Avengers.
Phantom Zero
Eloquent hero of New Jersey. He works one-on-one, helping often random people through their personal crises, steering them toward resources or organizations to further them along their journeys.
Crimson Fist
Defender of Hot-Lanta. The Crimson Fist is centered around outreach to the ever-growing population living on the streets of his hometown.
Motor-Roller RLSH working in and around the East Bay/San Francisco area in California.
Razorhawk Ex-Wrestler and Costumer of all RLSH. He runs the RLSH costume website, Hero-Gear.
Citizen Overdrive
Leader of the RLSH project and financier of the RLSH national team. Citizen Overdrive is one of the few superheroes to cross over into The Schlub (another webcomic series by Illya King).
Good Samaritan Protector of the lost in Los Angeles and helper of the homeless.
DC's Guardian
Patroitic hero of Washington DC.
Master Master
The most colorful of the RLSH community, Master Master's outsized personality and sometimes over-the-top energy is exceeded only by the utter sincerity of his convictions, and the sheer enormity of his heart.
Founder of Superheroes Anonymous and hero from New York City.

External Links


  1. Tangen, Peter. “The Real-Life Superhero Project.” The Real Life Super Hero Project, Peter Tangen, 10 May 2010, |