Captain Underpants Saves the Day

Marie Mayer
3 min readAug 4, 2022

A true story

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They say to write what you know. For a high functioning kook like myself, this covers a wide variety of comedic scenarios. This includes but does not limit: Outrunning a pack of bloodthirsty hounds, winging auditions for prestigious musical roles, mastering the Time Warp from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and countless other story worthy experiences.

As a comic book fan, I was very pleased to have met an actual superhero. Not a tall, dark, handsome and mysterious ass kicker of the night exactly. Rather, it was someone who has brought smiles and laughter to every person he saves. I guess he’s not the most popular, in fact I’d say he’s more of a has-been. Don’t get me wrong, we all loved him at the middle school book fairs. The kids were his primary audience.

But then again, I’m not sure if a Captain Underpants comic is the first thing I would want to be caught reading as I sip my matcha tea in Starbucks. But I believe that true stories are always worth telling, so let’s get to the point.

I actually met Captain Underpants. It was quite memorable.

It began one excruciatingly hot summer day when I was going on a leisurely run through the neighborhood. Remember those bloodthirsty hounds I mentioned above? Well, this is what happened. Emerging from a backyard concealed by…