HEROES: Durable Man

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Heroes, like Hudson River shad, are a notably perishable commodity; no matter how brightly they may gleam when they are hauled into public view, they have a disconcerting tendency to spoil if they are left in the sun. Those who do not go gracefully to an early grave often fall easy prey to baldness, fallen arches and the horrors of earning a living. Even if they avoid relief rolls, and skid-road bars, they are still apt to end up squirting old ladies with water pistols at American Legion conventions.

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