Since early September, an Englishman has been using Twitter to reach out to his community, and practice random acts of kindness. And he’s been doing so as a superhero character named Captain Manchester.
After the mysterious Mancunian was laid off from his job, he created the Captain Manchester persona and began patrolling the streets, clad in a red and black outfit he made himself. He showed off the disguise last month:
The missus has fell asleep. Here's my outfit so far. After some black and red gloves... pic.twitter.com/3HGa3VR32y— Captain Manchester (@Captain_MCR) September 9, 2013
In true superhero style, even Captain Manchester’s “missus” doesn’t know his secret identity. His Twitter account details his double life, and the good deeds he’s done. According to English website Huddled, Captain Manchester’s “handed out free umbrellas in the rain, paid a motorist’s parking penalty for them, [and] helped people move heavy furniture.” His services have become so popular, he even had business cards made.
Huddled also scored this exclusive interview:
Captain Manchester told the Oldham Evening Chronicle that he’s always been a fan of comic books and decided to use his free time to make a difference, even if his disguise isn’t perfect:
“Sometimes I wear the outfit and sometimes I don’t. The costume is just a bit of fun and its made out of what I had available in my house. I’m not the greatest at costume design.”
A Captain Manchester comic will be released on Oct. 9, in collaboration with Forever Manchester and Tunafish Media, which means this persona was a little less random than perceived. Looks like Captain Manchester was actually part of a marketing plan, in conjunction with Manchester charity group Forever Manchester. According to an interview with Manchester Confidential, the group was trying to think of clever ways to get people interested in the cause, and a superhero seemed like the right fit:
“We decided a comic would be a good way of doing that, getting an outfit and going out and just being nice to people would be a lot of fun and a great way of getting people involved.”
For now, however, Captain Manchester carries on with his good deeds. The proceeds of the comic will, of course, go to charity.
Screengrab via HuddledNW/YouTube