In this week's cover story, we presented The Ray, a Target employee from
Antioch who was arrested in the general strike march in Oakland last
month while acting as a Real Life Superhero. The Ray is far from the
only civilian-turned-comic book hero fighting crime or helping the needy
around the Bay Area.
There are more. Many more.
Here's Do-Luck, a "clumsy" messenger boy by day who dons armor that will make the bullies hurt themselves without him having to lift a finger.
Handle: Do-Luck, borrowed from the name of a Japanese race-car parts company. "It was a choice between the Harbinger and Do-Luck. I didn't want to sound mean."
Patrol turf: San Jose.
Costume: Steel armor, which he bought for $153 on eBay from a man who created the Gondor soldier costume from Lord of the Rings. "I'm basically like a walking wall."
Secret Weapon: The rough edges on his steel armor. "The harder they hit me the more they're going to hurt themselves." Also the rough edges guard against being lifted up by enemies and thrown around "like a soda can."
Origin story: By day, Do-Luck is a courier messenger who dreams of being a cop. "I'm a very
clumsy, very dumb delivery driver who makes a lot of mistakes in his
job." One who has fallen victim to being mugged by bullies, against whom he'd never fight back. "I didn't want to fight. I have plenty of training, but I mentally don't have it. Do-Luck, I created as an extension that's not afraid ... I'm talking to you as Do-Luck."
His training regimen: While playing video games -- usually ones in which
he can be a cop or soldier -- "When I lose on a game, I have to do
push-ups or something."
Crimes stopped: Do-Luck goes out with
Sarge, another South Bay superhero with whom he
recently started the Citizen Constables League. Once on patrol in San
Jose, they got in the middle of two brawlers. "We split them up and told
them to calm down ... I said, 'If you don't stop you're going to get Tased
and arrested.' [Sarge carries the Taser and bear mace, Do-Luck says.] He
said, 'Who the hell do you think you are to do this?' I said, 'I'm nobody.
I'm just going to Tase you and arrest you if you don't [leave].'"
his limitations: "All you can do is stop what's happening in that
moment, but when they get home they're going to be angry about it and be
robbed of that feeling of violence and at a later date, when you're not
there, they will do something."
How he'd like to be seen by society: "I want to make this monster something good."