Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush named Supergirl as his favorite superhero at a campaign appearance last week, telling his audience that actress Melissa Benoist “looked pretty hot.”
During the 2012 New Hampshire Primary, I guided my then 9-year-old son on the campaign trail as he asked the candidates about their favorite superhero and why.
Bush’s predecessors were a lot more careful with their answers. Take a look:
I know his campaign ended badly, but Herman Cain’s Kryptonite answer and the warmth of his response still makes me smile. (You can read my original analysis of our Superhero Primary at The Atlantic.)
In any case, Ari and I are also looking forward to watching Supergirl, which was created by the same producers as “The Flash,” our can’t-miss-show-of-the-moment!
Hanging with the Batmobile at the CHaD Hero 5K and Fun Run.
Special thanks to all my family, friends and co-workers who supported The Garnick Justice League in this year’s Fun Run fundraiser for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).
Even though the Incredible Hulk (seated) and WonderGirl didn’t share my intense level of enthusiasm for seeing the 1966 Batmobile, it was a worthwhile event for sure.
If you meant to donate to the CHaD Hero, but didn’t get my email pitch or forgot to follow up, you can still help out this awesome cause here.
Approaching the Finish Line in the 2014 CHaD Hero Family Fun Run!
Iron Man and Iron Man Jr. thank you from the bottom of their Arc Reactor hearts — as does Batgirl with her human one — for your generous support in our run for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
Thanks, too, for humoring us and overlooking the fact that there are now two Marvel characters in our Justice League.
If you’d still like to donate, I believe that my CHaD Hero fundraising page is still active till the end of the month.
Younger members of the Garnick Justice League & Super Friends team up at the CHaD Hero Fun Run for Children’s Hospital.
Special thanks to all the generous friends, family and co-workers who supported our Garnick Justice League and Super Friends teams to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth last weekend. It was our third straight CHaD Hero Race — and a place where DC and Marvel characters could set aside their differences for the day and support a great cause.
The magic of CHaD is captured by this charming tribute video:
Come say hello to Darren and Ari at the Granite State Comic Con’s CHaD Hero table Sunday to benefit Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, Ari and I will be setting up a CHaD Hero donation table at the Granite State Comic Con, which is being held at the Radisson Expo Center in downtown Manchester, NH.
I’ll be selling awesome trading cards, action figures, comic books and pop culture items from my own collection with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. On October 20, much of my family is participating in the CHaD Hero Fun Run & 5K in Hanover. Formerly known as the Garnick Justice League, we are now named the Super Friends and Super Acquaintances, reflecting an expansion of our team beyond our inner circle.
I’m not a fan of yard sales where people argue for 15 minutes over whether the selling price is $1.50 or a $1.75. I am hoping that Comic Con visitors will be Super Generous and offer to pay double or triple the prices I am asking given the worthy cause.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
* DONATED MEMORABILIA — Dealers, we’d appreciate one highly desirable comic-related item from your tables. Please be generous to the CHaD kids.
* CASH DONATIONS/RACE SPONSORSHIP — Don’t have anything to sell? No problem. We’ll be collecting additional donations under our Super Friends team. You can also write a check directly to CHaD and put “Super Friends Team” on the memo line.
* FELLOW COSTUMED RUNNERS — Some of our team is just running a mile. Others will be running or walking the 5K or the half marathon. Whatever kind of shape you’re in, we’d be honored to run along with you.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help in any way! Special thanks to Double Midnight Comics who graciously donated the table space at Granite Con.
My niece just taught me something about the core difference between how boys and girls pursue imaginative play.
A boy’s superhero shirt would show two musclebound guys beating the crap out of each other. There’s no hint of sentimentality or social inclinations — just pure kicking ass.
You would never see Batman and Superman talking about how much their friendship means to them. They would rather die alone.
On another note, when did Batgirl and Wonder Woman start wearing so much pink?
And lastly, I’m proud to say that the oversized Humvee Jeep in the background was a gift from Uncle Darren — apparently it’s being used to transport some VIP Disney Princesses around the living room.
Calling All Heroes: The Garnick Justice League is expanding!
The Garnick Justice League is rebranding.
In an effort to be more inclusive and tolerant of non-Garnick runners at the 2013 CHaD Hero Ripcord 5K, I’m recruiting more superheroes and am even open to the idea of people thinking beyond the universe of 1966 Batman characters.
The October 20 event in Hanover, NH, which also includes a half marathon, benefits the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
I’ve enjoyed the past two years (as Robin and Spider-Man) and am now selectively recruiting new runners for my “SuperFriends and SuperAcquaintances” team. The real SuperFriends all weren’t BFFs, so I’d like to create a mish-mash of people from every area of my life — mixing high school friends with cousins with co-workers with neighbors (along with their inner circles).
You don’t have to be a die-hard runner (I am not). You can just run the one-miler if you’d like — or even walk. I’m just aiming to surround my daughter, Batgirl, with a fun group of costumed characters.
Please email me at darrengarnick (at) gmail (dot) com if you’d like to join us!
Best part about the run? It’s in October and ideal for running in costume. I don’t how HOW the Darth Vader guy below runs in California’s Death Valley, which can get into the 130-degree Fahrenheit range. The New Hampshire/Vermont region is much more palatable for being out of breath.
“Darth Valley,” California. Double click to learn more about the most insane runner in America.
Costumed theme 5K races are becoming far more commonplace. Which outfit would you rather wear to a wedding?
I’ll be huffing and puffing 5 kilometers in disguise over the next month, channeling the spirit of a bridesmaid and Robin the Boy Wonder in two separate charity races.
Would be honored if you’d consider pledging a donation of any size to the Runaway Bridesmaids team (fighting human trafficking) at New York’s 5th Avenue Mile Race this weekend — or to the Garnick Justice League, which is again battling for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) at their Superhero 5K.
The homemade Robin costume is as advertised. The dresses above, however, bear no resemblance to the one which will be draped on my frame this Saturday.
That’s a fashion secret about to be revealed in a Men’s Fitness magazine exclusive.
Really. Stay tuned….
UPDATE: Here’s the reveal.
The Garnick Justice League is comprised of Supergirl, Spider-Man, Golden Age Flash and Boggle Woman.
Many thanks to our family, friends, co-workers and archenemies who made a donation to support the Superhero Fun Run and 5K Walk for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene wiped out hopes for breaking the Guinness World Record for Most Superheroes Gathered in One Place. But of course, the cause remains the focus.
Good News: You can still donate to CHaD under the Garnick Justice League banner until Sept. 9.
CHaD never turns down families because of income or lack of insurance. Here’s where the money goes.
Yes, comic book geeks, we do know that Marvel superheroes were not part of the Justice League!
This Saturday, if Hurricane Irene doesn’t turn New Hampshire into a pile of toothpicks, there will be a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for “Most Superheroes in One Place.”
I’m a sucker for Guinness Records, having recently been lured to participate in the World Dental Flossing Record event at the Lowell Spinners baseball game.
My son Ari (aka Golden Age Flash) and I (aka Spider-Man) will be huffing and puffing in the CHaD Hero Fun Run to benefit Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. The Garnick Justice League team would appreciate your support.
Even if we are picking up pine tree limbs off our street this weekend instead of running around with hundreds of Batmans and Wonder Women, your donations still will make a huge difference in kids’ lives.