Peruvian man turns into Superman, gets himself out of unemployment
Peru’s Avelino Chavez re-invented himself, literally, as Superman.
Note to recent college grads: a superhero’s job is not very lucrative, but it is full of adventure. Avelino Chavez of Lima, Peru knows it very well.
What is a former brothel security guard to do when his aspirations at bullfighting fail? He becomes a superhero, of course.
For 15 years Avelino Chavez has delighted the streets of Lima, Peru with his homemade Superman costume, the Associated Press reports. The 52-year-old earns a living attending local events such as political rallies, wedding shoots and even peddling tours and flights for a travel agency in the Central Plaza de Armas.
Chavez says he has not had trouble finding work since he decided to become Superman and earns an average of $160 a month. Like the caped hero he does have plenty of adventures to tell of, such as the time he ran for Congress or the time he recovered a purse from a thief.
While the life of a superhero does seem pretty cool — everywhere the man goes he is greeted with “Hello Superman!” to which he responds “Hello Superamigo!” — it can also get pretty lonely. Chavez is single but has an idea of what he’d like to do when he finds his superwoman.
“But when I get a girlfriend I would like to make love on the moon.”
Line up ladies!
Watch photo gallery of Avelino’s adventures and learn more about his story at The Huffington Post.