Growing up I was fascinated with superheroes. I wanted to be the one fighting crime in the name of justice, the one standing up against oppression, the one who rescued the damsel in distress, and the one fighting to save the world. The admiration I had for those high flying, acrobatic, evil butt-kicking, super powered fighters still holds to this day. Now that I’m older I’ve realized that super powers don’t exist, that punches hurt, that bullets kill, that injustices sometimes go unanswered, and that you don’t always get the girl. Our world doesn’t need fictional superheroes with unrealistic superpowers, we need real, living, mortal, human heroes. I’ve read about some and I’ve seen others. I met some and I even have the pleasure of personally knowing some of them. This world is full of these great and admirable men and women who are real life superheroes. We can all be superheroes by emulating and upholding the values which they stand for and we admire. Be noble, be courageous, be righteous, be strong, be kind, be admirable. We can all join the forces of good and fight to make this world a better place. I’m taking on the challenge, I’m fighting evil and darkness, not only in the world but also within myself. I hope you have the courage and strength to do as well.
The following is a collection of illustrations by Adam Thompson. In his words, “Re-purposing the artwork of Jim Lee, Francis Manapul, and some others, along with my own, and combining it with my usual minimalistic style, I’ve developed this project spotlighting some quotes from these heroes that can inspire us all daily. Enjoy!”