Photo Courtesy of Bob Jaroc
|Alias(es)||Superbarrio, Super Barrio|
|Alter Ego||Marco Rascón Córdova (Unconfirmed)|
|Location||Mexico City (Ciudad de México), Mexico 19° 25' 26.24" N, 99° 10' 32.62" W|
|Affiliates||Ecologistica Universal, Fray Tormenta, Super Animal, Super Gay|
|Foes||Crime, Corruption, Injustice, Slum Lords|
|Actions||Civil Petitions, Labor Rallies, Political Protests|
|Outfit||Logoed Shirt (Red & Yellow), Tights (Red), Wrestler's Mask (Red, Yellow)|
|Symbol||The letters "SB" in a pentagonal shield|
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Superbarrio Gómez (Super Barrio) is a Mexican Real Life Superhero based in Mexico City who uses non-violent means to fight crime and corruption with protests, civil disobedience and political action. He wears a red and yellow wrestler's mask in the tradition of the luchadores complete with a red and yellow suit and cape emblazoned with a "SB" in a pentagon-shaped shield.
Debuting in 1987, Super Barrio is one of the first modern-day Real Life Superheroes and Luchador Social. He served as a spokesperson for the Asamblea de Barrios after the 1985 Mexico City earthquakes. His primary focus was on tenant and worker rights for the poor residents of the city who were most affected by the crisis. He was informally declared a candidate in the 1988 Mexican presidential race. In 1989, he crossed the US-Mexico border for a tour of California that lasted several weeks, during which he was detained by US Immigration. .
Reports on Superbarrio Gómez's true identity conflict. Wikipedia lists Marco Rascón Córdova as the man behind the mask but a recent animation posted on BoingBoing.net outright states that Marco Rascón Córdova is only the developer of the superhero but not the man behind the mask whose identity is still unknown:
We're told that a man named Marco Rascón Córdova developed the character and organized the events at which he became famous throughout Mexico, but that the actual guy in the Superbarrio suit is someone else -- someone whose name is kept a closely guarded secret.
Superbarrio has been written about in the news media and books. He has made appearances in documentaries and comic books as well. His most recent appearance is in a cartoon produced by Bob Jaroc and Andy Ward where he was voiced by Marco Rascón Córdova, which was posted on BoingBoing.net on February 2009 with the following description:
Here's something that makes this animated short particularly special, and an odd kind of documentary/fantasy: Jaroc says the characters are voiced by Marco Rascón Córdova and the anonymous guy who plays the role of Superbarrio in real life. So, we're hearing the voices of Superbarrio's creator and Superbarrio himself.
Prior to this, Superbarrio had not been heard from since 2007.
Photographs and media related to Superbarrio.
Superbarrio meeting with members of the EZLN in Chiapas, Mexico 1996