Seattle "Superhero" Phoenix Jones continued his courageous streak of rescuing newspaper and magazine editors from wondering what fluffy crap to fill their human interest pages with, getting a mention in the latest issue of People.
The two-page article and sidebar, titled "Superheros Among Us" and reported by a trio of People staffers (thus far unavailable on the magazine's website, but readable here), is the typical "holy crap, real superheros!" hand-job piece that's been run by countless publications so far--most recently in The Wall Street Journal.
It highlights a handful of costume-wearing do-gooders from around the country, and briefly discusses their individual antics. While many of the heroes mentioned do things like hand out sandwiches to the homeless, Jones plays the controversial superhero role as a "brazen crime fighter."
Others, like Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones, 22, have created a stir by being brazen crime fighters. In recent months Phoenix Jones claims he has interrupted knife fights, helped catch drug dealers and has been stabbed.
Indeed, Jones has claimed he's been stabbed. He's also claimed he's been shot. Both incidents, he says, came during the course of his do-gooding, which sometimes consists of chasing drunks away from their cars, but more often features Jones escorting news reporters around Belltown.
Seattle Weekly has asked Jones numerous times to produce a police report or other evidence about his supposed stabbing or shooting, but has been met with one lame excuse after another as to why he won't or can't find it--excuses usually delivered by Jones' Los Angeles-based publicist.
But with a busy career as press bait and occasional crusader, it's understandable that Jones might not have time for things like "proof" and "facts."