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For other uses of Super, see Super (disambiguation)
Superhero
Image:OSH-grin.jpg
Photo by Tony Armer
Vital Statistics
Hero Superhero
Alias(es) Super Hero, Old Superhero
Identity Public
Alter Ego Dale Pople
Category Public Service
Location Clearwater, Florida, USA 27° 57' 57.07" N, 82° 48' 0.37" W
Status Deceased
Superhero Activity
Team Team Justice, Inc (former)
Bay Coast Guardians (honorary)
Affiliates Artisteroi
Foes Apathy
Actions Outreach, vehicle patrol
Physical Description
Gender Male
Outfit Cape (Red)
Colors Red, Yellow
Symbol Letters "S" and "H"
Equipment Super-Mobile
Abilities N/A

Superhero was a Real Life Superhero in Clearwater, Florida. He was formerly a member and Chairman of the non-profit organization Team Justice, Inc. He is deceased.

A weightlifter, former pro-wrestler, and Police Academy graduate, he worked in broadcasting when not in his tights. He began using the name "Old Superhero" to reflect his age and time spent in the RLSH community. He patroled occasionally, but mostly used his non-profit and broadcaster status to provide support to the other members of the RLSH community.  

History

A member of the RLSH community for over 15 years, Superhero was prominently featured in the HBO Documentary "Superheroes" and in the Canadian Reality series "TV made me do it." He used a 2000 Corvette as a "Supermobile" and was one of the more colorful characters in the RLSH community.

In 2017, he took a leave of absence from the online community, but resurfaced occasionally.[1].

In September of 2018, the Tampa Bay Times ran an article about Superhero's retirement at age 50.[2]. In December he was made an honorary member of the Bay Coast Guardians.[3][4]

Superhero is the subject of the 2018 documentary "Portrait of a Superhero", as well as the 2019 short film "SUPER!8", both films by Tony Armer.

On July 6th, 2020, he announced he was coming out of retirement.[5]

On July 19th, 2020, Tony Armer posted an announcement about his passing:[6]

Hello everyone, this is Tony Armer. It is with a heavy heart I’m sharing some tragic news today. Dale Pople who many of you knew simply as “Superhero” took his own life yesterday. Dale was a complicated person who struggled with depression for most of his life. There was not one thing that led to his actions but rather years of struggle wrestling with his inner demons.

To many people he was an inspiration, a symbol of hope, he tried to do good in his life and he truly enjoyed and lived for helping others. Like all of us he had his flaws and did a pretty good job of hiding them from the outside world. His bombastic nature, energy, enthusiasm and ability to create friendships was unparalleled by anyone I’ve ever met.

There’s so much more that can and will be said about him but I just don’t have the head space to type it right now. I’ll be sharing more info with everyone soon on what is decided for his memorial. He made me the legacy person for his Facebook page so I’ll share info there as well. Please keep his wife and family in your prayers.

The last thing he texted me was this;

“Tony thanks for being such a great friend. Thanks for giving me a legacy. Not many people could do that and you pulled it off. Break a leg dude”

The legacy he referred to is this documentary I made about him. We touch on the issues he struggled with in this film and the hope was it would inspire people. It takes on a more tragic tone now but he viewed this as his memorial. This is what he wanted to be remembered by. There are a lot of heroes in the world but there really will only ever be one true Real Life Superhero.

https://www.facebook.com/386660465127876/videos/756937044741612/

The August, 2020 edition of online e-zine STAND pays tribute to Dale with an updated logo using his Superhero likeness over the "A".[7]

Gallery

References


External Links

Facebook Facebook2 Facebook3 YouTube

The Real Life Super Hero Project: Superhero

Dale Pople on IMDB

Community remembers real-life superhero who visited kids in hospitals and helped drivers stranded on road - ABC Action News, WFTS Tampa Bay

Dale Pople, Clearwater’s real-life Superhero, wanted to help - Tampa Bay Times