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10 Comic Book Legends That Were Actually Based On Real People

Recently, action-packed movies from Marvel and DC Comics have been taking over theaters.

With recent box office hits like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it seems like comic book characters are everywhere. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) But did you know that some of these iconic superheroes and villains weren’t just figments of imagination…but based on real people?

You may be surprised that some of these heroes were born as a result of fact, not fiction!

1. Ironman: Howard Hughes

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2. Batman: Robert the Bruce & Mad Anthony Wayne

3. Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston’s wife, Elizabeth, and his research assistant Olive Byrne

4. Constantine: Sting

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5. Bucky Barnes: Joe Simon, co-creator of Bucky, modeled the character after Bucky Pearson, a star player on his basketball team

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6. The Flash (Barry Allen): Barry Gray and Steve Allen

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7. J. Jonah Jameson: Stan Lee

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8. Professor Xavier: Martin Luther King Jr. (but modeled physically after actor Yul Brynner)

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9. Superman: Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

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10. The Joker: Actor Conrad Veit’s character in The Man Who Laughs

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To get the full scoop on who inspired these characters, watch the full video below!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/superheroes-in-real-life/

Officer Pulls Man From Tracks Just Seconds Before A Train Would Have Hit Him

One New Jersey transit cop is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a man who had become trapped on the train tracks.

The cop jumped into action when he heard the train rapidly approaching. You can clearly see the officer trying to pull this man to safety in the following video, since he wasn’t able or was choosing not to move on his own. It is unclear whether this was an accident that led to injury or an attempted suicide.

Whatever the case might have been, this officer went above and beyond to protect and serve.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/transit-cop-hero/

They Heard A Weird Noise Come From Their Neighbor’s Balcony And Found A Dog In Need

Presumably unable to resist the view from his high-rise apartment in Colombia, this little dog stuck his body through the railings…but quickly found himself dangling by his back paws.

Luckily, the pup has some extremely nosey neighbors, and when they heard his yelps of distress, they sprung into action. Watch as one man climbs up from the balcony on the floor below to help this poor dog, despite the possibility of falling to his own doom.

(via Mashable)

Yikes! Has anyone in Colombia ever heard of spare keys? Hopefully, the pup’s owner learns to gate the balcony so their sight-seeing pooch doesn’t try to pull this stunt again.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/balcony-dog/

Rarely Do We Get To Meet Our Heroes…But When It Happens? All The Feels!

Every kid has their childhood heroes. Whether they’re astronauts or athletes, however, meeting those heroes can be kind of a struggle.

That’s why it’s so magical when kiddos do finally meet their idols. Seeing high-profile people take time out of their busy schedules to meet the little ones who love and admire them is always inspiring, and that’s what makes this video so heartwarming.

Watch as these little guys and girls meet the athletes they look up to for the first time (and try not to melt)!

Honestly, this is how I’d react to meeting my celebrity idols and I’m a grown adult. It just wouldn’t be as cute if I did it.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/sports-heroes/

Her Fish Was Choking, So She Grabbed Some Tweezers And Saved Its Life

When you hear the phrase “unbelievable animal rescue,” your mind probably brings up images of dogs, cats, and larger critters like horses. One animal that probably doesn’t come to mind is the humble goldfish.

After five years of friendship, one woman couldn’t let her goldfish, Brindle, suffer a horrible death after swallowing a rock in his tank. Quickly springing into action, the woman grabbed a pair of tweezers to dislodge the stone. After multiple attempts, she was successful in saving her fishy friend so that he could live to swim another day.

That was one big rock! Let’s hope Brindle learned his lesson. Just stick to fish food, okay?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/choking-fish-rescue/

He Was Taking A Ride In The Countryside When Something Made Him Spring Into Action

Driving around on a solo trip though the hills, one man came across something scary. At first, he just saw a discarded helmet, but when he took a closer look, he found a fellow rider in dire straits.

Without wasting any time, he hopped off of his bike and ran over to a man who had been pinned under his quad. He didn’t film it for attention, but the GoPro camera that was strapped to his helmet happened to capture footage of the entire rescue mission. Check it out!

The man had only been pinned for a short time by the time our hero got to him, but in situations like this, every second counts. We’re just thrilled that the biker found him in time!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pinned-quad/

This Guy Tried To Steal A Woman’s Purse and Got What Was Coming.

We’ve all heard of people getting mugged or held up. It’s always in the papers or on the news. It’s an unfortunate reality that we all need to accept.

There was an incident recently, though, in Chile that involved a woman, a mugger, a bus driver, and a little bit of instant karma. This is the kind of stuff that makes you a little more optimistic in life. Maybe things will turn out all right, in the end.

Here, you can see the mugger talking to his accomplice, getting ready to make his attempt at stealing a woman’s purse.

Here, you can see the mugger talking to his accomplice, getting ready to make his attempt at stealing a woman's purse. youtube.com

He makes his grab for the purse just as the bus door starts to close. But the woman holds on tight.

He makes his grab for the purse just as the bus door starts to close. But the woman holds on tight. youtube.com

He gives up on the purse and tries to escape, but the door is almost completely closed and the bus has started moving. He and his accomplice can’t keep the door open.

He gives up on the purse and tries to escape, but the door is almost completely closed and the bus has started moving. He and his accomplice can't keep the door open. youtube.com

Now the situation has completely gone wrong for the criminal: his hand is now stuck in the bus door.

Now the situation has completely gone wrong for the criminal: his hand is now stuck in the bus door. youtube.com

The bus driving pulls out a baton in order to intimidate the mugger and to keep him from escaping.

The bus driving pulls out a baton in order to intimidate the mugger and to keep him from escaping. youtube.com

Eventually the mugger realizes the situation he has put himself in, and sees that it’s best if he just gives up.

Eventually the mugger realizes the situation he has put himself in, and sees that it's best if he just gives up. youtube.com

And who would you guess is waiting for him at the next stop?

And who would you guess is waiting for him at the next stop? youtube.com

The police…and backup. The situation is then explained to the officers by the woman and the bus driver who through their efforts stopped the criminal in the act.

The police...and backup. The situation is then explained to the officers by the woman and the bus driver who through their efforts stopped the criminal in the act. youtube.com

Here’s the original video:

Fortunately in this story, everything turned out okay for everyone except the criminal.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/tables-turned-on-mugger/

She Would Die Without A Transplant, But The Sacrifice She Made Left Me Speechless

What’s the biggest sacrifice you’ve ever made for another person?

For me, not a lot comes to mind besides giving up my spare change or free time to help somebody out — both being pretty inconsequential. But what this woman did for someone else blows anything I’ve ever done completely out of the water.

Brenda Jones spent a year waiting for a liver donation and was living on borrowed time. But when she finally reached the top of the donor list and one came her way, she made the shocking (and incredibly selfless) decision not to take it. Why, you ask? Because somebody else desperately needed it.

I can’t imagine the strength it took for her to put her own life aside.

This lady is my hero, but something tells me she wouldn’t see herself that way because she’s just that awesome.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/selfless-woman-gives-liver/

Everything Looked Hopeless When Fire Engulfed This Building, But Then It All Changed

Firefighters from the North Vancouver City Fire Company recently responded to a reported apartment fire on East 2nd Street.

When they hit the scene, they were stunned when they saw smoke and flames billowing out of the building. They knew when they got there that many residents were still trapped inside, and some were even dangling from their balconies. The situation was dire, and sadly, it seemed almost hopeless.

Here’s what they saw when they pulled up.

The fire had moved into the walls and roof of the apartment complex, making it virtually impossible to fight the blaze from the inside.

Firefighters began combatting the flames with all available resources from the exterior of the building, although many feared that it was already too late.

But then one firefighter emerged from the smoke.

If it weren’t for the bravery and heroism of the firefighters from North Vancouver City, things might have turned out far worse for this woman and her dog. Keep up the good work!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/vancouver-apartment-rescue/

Police Officer Pulls Over A Woman, And Then Ends Up Incredibly Saving Her Life.

It’s not often that you end up being really thankful when a cop pulls you over for running a red light, but that is exactly what one woman is feeling now.

This dashcam footage shows Kalamazoo, Michigan, Public Safety Officer Jason Gates pull over a woman for a red light violation. Officer Gates thought at first she was trying to get out of a ticket but he quickly realized the woman was in serious respiratory distress. Gates asked the woman if she was okay, and when he realized she’s was trouble, he administers a couple of back blows. When that didn’t work, Gates quickly pulled the woman from the car and administered the Heimlich maneuver. Within seconds, the food was dislodged and the woman’s life saved.

Watch the incredible dash cam footage below:

(Source: MLive)

Officer Gates said he knows some people are calling him a hero after the incident, but it doesn’t appear the attention has gone to his head. “I’m sure this happens to police officers all the time, but rarely does this get caught on a dash cam,” Gates humbly told a room of reporters during a press conference at KDPS headquarters. “I just feel like I did what I’m paid to do. I’m glad for her that I happened to be there.”

Share this life-saving cop with your friends below. Also, remember: pay attention when you’re driving. Texting, eating, or even talking can be more dangerous than you realize.