Comic Fodder

Real-Life Super Heroics

For those of us who live eat and breathe comics, we have long been familiar with the uniqueness of its ability to communicate, and express ideas. So when it proves to be the only way of reaching out to someone, we're not exactly surprised. A child with autism was attending his first day of school in Bangkok, Thailand. I don't have the specific details on what set him off, but he started crying and crawled out onto a balcony on the third floor. For more than an hour, he stayed up there, with no success by the teachers or anyone else in coaxing him down. Normally, spotting the uniform of a police officer or a fireman would be enough, even for a kid, to feel comfortable, especially during a moment of crisis or tension. That wasn't working here, with a child who had special needs.

Then his mom showed up, and bless her heart, she knew what could reach her son. She told the fire crew that her son might listen to a superhero. As luck would have it, they actually had a Spider-Man costume back at the firehouse that they used to capture the attention of kids when they ran through the fire drills for practice (plus an Ultraman costume). One of the firemen dressed up, and it immediately made an autistic boy smile and reach for the safety of one of his heroes. Thank heaven for an involved parent who actually paid closed attention to what her child was interested in, and knew enough to have an impact.

This is not the first time costumed do-gooders have appeared to help their fellow man, either by intention or by accident. It's not just Spider-Man either; we've had Batman and Superman show up to help out. Other authority figures such as police officers have even done the whole Batman & Robin bit. In a world filled with danger, the two-dimensional pages are leaking out into the real world, and inspiring people to do good, even if they are not always successful. It's going to happen more often, and is just another example of how comics are going to take over the world. And this is just one more factoid to help us geeks prove to our friends that comic books are taking over the world.
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.