It takes lots of plastic to be the Man of Steel

October 13, 2011

Blog Guy, who’s your favorite superhero? Mine is Superman. I love the whole story of being sent here in a rocket from the planet Krypton by his scientist father, Jor-El, and how he….

Right! I love that, too. And the rocket landing in the Philippines, and…

Er, no, he was raised by the kindly Kents, and…

And then he disguised himself by…

By wearing a business suit and a snap-brim hat and glasses, and…

No, by having plastic surgery on his nose, cheeks, lips, chin and thighs, and changed his skin color, and…

Wait… Plastic surgery? Changed his skin color?

And then became a “pageant trainer” and opened some costume stores…

Blog Guy, are you back on the crystal meth? What in the HELL version of Superman did you read, anyway?

The version in these photo captions. Which one did YOU read?

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Top: Herbert Chavez poses with his life-sized Superman statues inside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. In his idolization of the superhero, Chavez, a self-professed “pageant trainer” who owns two costume stores, has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries for his nose, cheeks, lips and chin down to his thighs and even his skin color to look more like the “Man of Steel.” REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Right: A combination photo shows Chavez before and after his cosmetic transformation to look more like the comic book character Superman. REUTERS/Handout (L) and Cheryl Ravelo

Left: Chavez poses with his Superman memorabilia inside his house in Calamba Laguna. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo


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“back on the crystal meth?” OK, BG. No more Breaking Bad for you!

either there is some serious money in ‘pageant training’ and costume stores or the plastic surgeons in Manila work really cheap.

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Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

I bet he would enjoy meeting this fellow: er/batman.jpg

Oh, and I’m NOT making this up, to quote the BG’s manner of speech.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Herbert Chavez totally has to meet Jerry Seinfeld, another avid fan of Superman who mentions or has some reference to Superman in quite a few episodes of “Seinfeld.”

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Oh Peachy One, what do you think is gonna happen next season on Breaking Bad? Is Hank going to get super powers? Along with Walts son? I know that Gus now has them, since he is now half skull/half face! Look! Up in the sky! It’s birds! It’s planes! It’s The Methed Up Super Trio!

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

Why couldn’t Mr. Chavez have just gotten a tattoo, as so many other fans of something/someone do?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

RE: “cosmetic surgeries for his nose, cheeks, lips and chin down to his thighs and even his skin color to look more like the ‘Man of Steel.’”

Too bad he didn’t do more to enhance his “body image.” He looks like the original 90-lb. wimp next to those overblown statues.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

I can see the resemblance in the “before” picture… Wait, no I can’t.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Hehehe… no “Mr. Fab Abs” shot(s) of this fellow, to compare him with the life-size statues? The ladies won’t be happy. 😉

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

A lot of folks are crazy you know.

But I am not. The MJ poster on my wall told me so. 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

“pageant trainer”? Sounds like it belongs here: 11/08/17/earn-big-bucks-without-knowing- anything/

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

This blog will be a must read for me in the future. I was just looking for blogs to do with Philippines and stumbled upon it. We all know that the term Superman was not first written/uttered by Friedrich Nietzsche, but instead by Jose Rizal or maybe it was Apolinario Mabini.

Posted by suzannebowen | Report as abusive

@Unca – I’m not sure WHAT will happen, but I know I will be watching. I also know that I don’t want to get on Walt’s bad side. I wonder if his new personality traits are a little known side effect of chemo? Either way, never push a chem teacher to the brink…his limits may surprise you 😉 (or he may have no limits)

I read that the Walking Dead make-up crew pitched in on Gus’ melting face.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

He looks more plastic than the statues.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Posh to Superman! Spiderman rules! *THWIP*! 😀

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Where is Laurie Anderson when we need her?

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

@FriscoJohn: Brilliant reference.

I think I’ll write a haiku:

Superman’s good looks
Can be yours with with a few tweaks
And some money, too

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Plastic hair and red underwear,
He’s looking for Krypton
and thinks he’s there…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive