Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Hopefully, Real Heroes Don't Stay Dead

His name was Erik Martin. He was 13. He had liver cancer.

Many of you know of the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to sick and dying children. They met with Erik and asked him what his wish was.

Erik wanted to be a superhero.

Erik had created a superhero character called Electron Boy. Weilding his mighty lightning rod, Electron Boy fought the evil Dr. Dark and his sidekick Blackout Boy.

The Make A Wish Foundation's response?

Challenge accepted.

On April 28, 2010, Erik was in school, just trying to be a normal kid despite his fate. He went to school when he had the strength. Suddenly, Spider-Man burst into the classroom, saying, with panic in his voice, that the Seattle Sounders soccer team had been trapped in their locker room by Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy and only Electron Boy could save them. Erik changed into his Electron Boy costume and called on Moonshine Maid for help. Moonshine Maid has a DeLorean. She was portrayed by Misty Peterson, who was amazed by the sheer scale. "I thought it would just be me, in the car. They shut down 405 — they shut down I-90." An escort of twenty motorcycle cops rode with them to Qwest Field.

At Qwest Field, frantic fans directed Electron Boy to the locker room where the team was trapped and were yelling for help. Another superhero, Lightning Lad (played by local actor Rod Burges), teamed up to help, and with his lightning rod, Electron Boy freed the team.

The freed team took Erik out to the field for a hero's rally, thanking him, posing for pictures, and giving him an autographed jersey and ball as the crowd cheered. During the celebration, the Jumbotron came to life. A message ran from Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy (played respectively by Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson of "Deadliest Catch"), saying, "We are here to take over Seattle and make it dark!" It then showed Puget Sound Electric employee Jim Hutchinson trapped in the top of his bucket truck in front of PSE's Bellevue headquarters, and daring Electron Boy to save the day.

More than 250 employees of PSE gathered outside to cheer Electron Boy as he saved Hutchinson. Then, Electron Boy got a tip that Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy were at the Space Needle, having disabled the elevator and trapped the people on the observation deck. The motorcade took off for the final showdown. Electron Boy leapt out of the DeLorean, and Dr. Dark asked, "How did you find us, Electron Boy?" Electron Boy moved it, hit Dr. Dark with his lightning rod, freezing the villain and starting up the elevator. As Bellevue police Officer Curtis McIvor cuffed Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy, Dr. Dark asked, "How can we thank you for saving our souls?"

From there, Electron Boy was interviewed by TV crews while flexing his muscles and sitting on a Bellevue police cycle. Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw gave him the key to the city and proclaimed Thursday was Electron Boy Day. Erik even got a custom made Electron Boy comic book. Erik was quoted as saying, "This is the best day of my life."

Erik died a few days ago. He was 14. If you look around on YouTube, you will find footage and news reports of this amazing day. Rest in peace, Erik.
Tags: art, be attitude for gains, comic books, comics, lord hear our prayer, punk as phuck, pure awesome, the crossover you've been waiting for
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