Arthur Novit, Superman of the Subway, c.1970’s, Chicago
Novit was a Chicago police officer who patrolled as a decoy in the subways around the Loop. Novit would hide in a CTA closet and when criminals would descend on a decoy partner (often disguised as homeless) he would kick the steel closet door down, in full Superman costume, arrest the robbers while proclaiming:
“Halt! In the name of the Law! Law and Order will prevail in the subways of Chicago! As long as I’m in this metropolis, law and order will prevail.”
Wow, only in Chicago…
To read more, here’s Novit’s obiutary from the Sun-TImes last year: http://tinyurl.com/b276rjb
From that obit:
When two robbers pounced, Mr. Novit burst out in full superhero regalia, knocking the closet’s steel door to the ground as if it were made of cardboard. (He and other officers had loosened the hinges so they could slip in and out.)
And he made a speech that would become departmental legend.
When one of his police partners thanked “Superman” for helping officers, he replied, “Any time you need me, I’ll be here. It takes me only 10 minutes by cape.”
When the robbers appeared in court, a judge asked them who made the pinch.
“Superman arrested me,” one said. The judge sent him to see a court psychiatrist.