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Saturday cute: boy superhero

Electron Boy sighted in Seattle!

From The Seattle Times:

Thursday was shaping up to be just another school day for 13-year-old Erik Martin, but then something extraordinary happened: Spider-Man called.

Spider-Man happens to be one of the few people who knows that Erik, too, has a secret identity — he’s Electron Boy, a superhero who fights the powers of evil with light.

And Spider-Man needed Erik’s help.

Erik, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a superhero. On Thursday, the regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle.

It’s enough to make you reconsider hating people:

Pulling off a wish like this one required a big story, and a lot of heart. And so, with a note of panic in his voice, Spider-Man explained the dilemma: “Dr. Dark” and “Blackout Boy” had imprisoned the Seattle Sounders in a locker room at Qwest Field. Only Electron Boy could free them.

Erik got into his red-and-blue superhero costume, and called on the powers of Moonshine Maid, who owns a DeLorean sports car. For good measure, more than 20 motorcycle officers from the Bellevue Police Department and King County and Snohomish sheriff’s offices escorted Electron Boy to Seattle.

“They shut down 405 — they shut down I-90,” marveled Moonshine Maid, aka Misty Peterson. “I thought it would just be me, in the car.”

There’s so much more. Go read the whole story — and look at the rest of the pictures. Keep Kleenex handy.

(thanks to reader John)

(Got a photo that’s adorable and at least vaguely pop-culture related? Found such a photo online? Send a link or an image, and I might post it!)

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  • This story is absolutely amazing. And one of the guys who played one of the villains was Edgar Hansen from Deadliest Catch! Awesome!

  • He is cute! ;)

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