Ghost Shadow Remains ... Shadowy

Ghost Shadow Remains ... Shadowy

Marisa Demarco
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Ghost Shadow Remains ... Shadowy
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Green Scorpion patrols Phoenix and sometimes Albuquerque. But the Duke City has her own hero roaming the streets. Meet Ghost Shadow. Except that’s not his real superhero name. He wanted a pseudonym for his pseudonym.

No matter how much begging this reporter did (and there was a fairly undignified amount) he wouldn’t speak to the
Alibi in person or on the phone. Instead, he created an e-mail address to use just to answer questions.

He’s among the hardcore set of real-life superheroes and isn’t interested in publicity. He doesn’t maintain a MySpace profile—or any online presence.

He’s not verbose in this e-mailed exchange, but these words come to you direct from the keyboard of … Ghost Shadow. (Again, not his real name.)

Do you patrol Albuquerque?

Yes. Don’t randomly "patrol" often. I usually go out looking for specific people who need a talking to.  

How often? Where?

Varies; seedier areas.

Have you stopped any crime or helped anyone?


Why, unlike many real-life superheroes, do you prefer to remain under the radar?

I have enemies and plan on having more as time passes.

What inspired you to do this? Was there a Eureka moment?

Personal experiences with crime.

How did you decide on your name?

It’s a literary reference.

Do you live in Albuquerque?

Not full time, but I have a place there.

Do you wear a costume? Do you wear it while you patrol? Does it ever freak anyone out?

Most of what I wear while working blends in. I have a mask, but I rarely wear it. Masks and flashy costumes attract attention.

Is your costume comfortable?

Yes. I made sure that nothing gets in the way. If it does, I lose it or move it.

What are its most interesting components?

Kevlar panels sewn into lots of areas. I cut apart a few old vests to get the raw materials.

Has your costume gone through many iterations?

Nope. I’m a planner.

Do you carry a gun?

I’d rather not say.

How has your life changed since taking on hero duties?

I have some hope for the future.

Does anyone know your identity?


How old are you?


How long have you been doing this?

Started around 9/11. That was the last straw. That got me in motion.

Will you ever stop? What would make you consider leaving the hero role?

It would take a crippling injury or maybe getting married. I don’t know if I would keep doing this if I had loved ones to worry about.

How serious are you about this?

Damn serious.

What do you think of other superheroes?

A few seem solid. Never met any in person.
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