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From Batman to Blankman to Kick-Ass: A Gallery of Powerless Superheroes Who Mean Really Well

In Kick-Ass, which opens today, ordinary folks with extraordinary personality disorders gird their geeky loins, slap on some spandex, and, well, kick ass. And they do so without the benefit of special powers bequeathed by radioactive arthropods, interstellar intervention, or genetic meddling. It's nice to know we still raise grass-fed, hormone-free, totally organic vigilantes in this country. Heck, DIY superhero-ing is a cherished American tradition — on the TV, on the big screen, and on the streets. Herewith, a schmoes gallery of some of our most powerful powerless superheroes.

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