Firstly, the Emerald City has a band of superheroes that fight crime around the city. Secondly…several of them apparently need to lose some weight.
For the better part of the last decade, Seattle man Ben Fodor has patrolled the means streets of his city dressed as a costumed vigilante named “Phoenix Jones.” He’s also the leader and founder of The Rain City Superhero Movement, a group of Seattleites who, inspired by Fodor/Phoenix, defend truth, justice, and the American Way.
But Fodor and his colleagues, who also wear “super suits” and have aliases like “Omega” and “The Mantis,” aren’t a bunch of ComicCon cosplayers. They fight real crime. Over the years, they’ve prevented muggings, carjackings, assaults, and in 2011, a costumed superhero even stopped a guy who was trying to hijack a city bus.
Unfortunately, Fodor recently decided to pull the plug on his super squad. In May, he posted a message on Facebook saying that the whole thing had gotten out of hand. In addition to problems with local police enforcement and several members not following the rules, Fodor said that several of his co-heroes were just too dang tubby to legitimately run down criminals.
Fodor, who also competes in mixed martial arts tournaments under yet another pseudonym, “Fear the Flattop,” has since given the RCSM a reboot with the help of four other heroes. He’s not totally opposed to allowing old members to join the new squad but they must meet certain physical requirements. New recruits have to prove that they can complete five pull-ups and 25 sit-ups in two minutes.
“I’m going to go out there with the most equipped, most protected, smartest team with the best tactical decisions I can, regardless of what that costs me personally,” Fodor told Seattle’s KING 5 News.
The superhero does have a point. Fighting crime is serious business and he’s endured several injuries since he first put on his mask. He’s had his nose broken and was stabbed while breaking up a drug deal. Fodor was also shot while on patrol in Tacoma. Fortunately, he was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time.