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The Man of Steel makes an appearance in St. Louis

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a ... I'm sorry, I can't. That's a 25-year-old dude wearing his underwear outside his pants.

Charlee Chartrand, who dubs himself the "St. Louis Superman," has spent the last three years strolling the streets near Busch Stadium dressed as the Man of Steel's Arch City cousin.

"I'm a street performer and an impersonator," he says. "Just like Hollywood, Vegas and New York, that kind of thing."

Chartrand, whose comic book getups date back to his high school days, sported a Cards sweatband on each wrist and an interlocking S-T-L on his chest as he posed for photos with fans outside Busch Stadium on Monday. His hair, dyed jet black, was styled into Superman's trademark pompadour -- one runaway strand straying down his forehead, of course.

"I've been wearing this for the playoffs every year," he said. "I mean, look what happened last year."

Indeed, the replica 2011 World Series ring on his finger serves as proof for the St. Louis fan that good does sometimes triumph over evil in this dangerous world. The only things that could stand in the way of a repeat?

Kryptonite, a Carlos Beltran slump or a shortage of hair product.

-- Ian Kay / MLB.com