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Comic-book heroes invade reality TV in "Stan Lee's Academy of Heroes"

Elliott Serrano, for Redeye

8:40 PM CST, December 5, 2012

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I'm going to be honest with you folks here, I'm not sure how I feel about this. If you weren't aware, there are those who have taken their fantasies of becoming super-heroes beyond dressing up for costume parties and comic conventions. They have become what have been dubbed as "real-life superheroes." Now, this idea is nothing new. There are a bunch in Chicago, a few in San Diego, and one in Seattle who has gotten a lot of publicity. Seattle has even given rise to a super-villain, who if you ask me, offers more in the way of entertainment.

And now you have this new show from Stan Lee's YouTube channel "World of Heroes" called "Academy of Heroes," and in it they are going to take a number of "real-life superheroes" and mentor them. Here's how it was put to me by the PR rep:

"Stan Lee’s World of Heroes will introduce a new series: Academy of Heroes to fans and hero enthusiasts. Stan Lee’s Academy of Heroes, comes from Emmy Award winning producer Jon Kroll (The Amazing Race, Blade: The Series), and takes real heroes from all over the country and gives them the mentoring and training they need to take their fight for good to the next level. The nuts and bolts training includes financial planning, public relations, and of course the Zen of heroism from Stan himself"

The thing that concerns me about "real-life superheroes, though, is that the concept of the "costumed vigilante" just doesn't translate that well into the real world. The folks who get into the life-style tend to be amateurs who have very little training and can end up doing more harm than good. And don't even get me started on the costumes.

Anyway, I'm curious to see how the "heroes" that participate in "Stan Lee's Academy of Heroes" fare. If anything, seeing the Hoff give lessons in charisma should be fun.

What do you think? Are "real-life superheroes" cool? Or are they dorks who are gonna get themselves, or worse yet someone else, hurt?

You can let me know in the comment section or hit me up on Twitter!