Superhero comics are typically about good versus evil, and a growing number of people are taking those lessons to heart -- and to the streets -- as honest-to-goodness superheroes. Los Angeles photographer Dean Bradshaw has captured some of them in a new series titled "Real Life Superheroes."
This photo set features heroes like Nevada's We The People (above) and 18 others, many of whom are based in California. Eighteen of these are new creations dreamed up by the hero, with only one -- Chicago's Moon Knight -- taking his name and design from an existing character. Here's a selection of some of the portraits, but visit Bradshaw's site to see all of them.