Dennis is a dedicated fan of all things super-hero related. With love for caped crusaders, alien men of steel, mutant crime fighters and genius billionaire playboys with super-powered suits of armor, his passion for the heroes of comic books and movies knows no bounds, though he claims The Green Lantern and Hawkman to be among his absolute favorites.
Yet Dennis himself has only recently discovered his super-power, which with the help of his trusty sidekicks David Johnston and James Fipps, is to remind us all that even on the internet, people can be truly amazing.
This is Dennis, who, as you can see, has spirit and enthusiasm that is hard to beat despite being mentally and physically disabled. At age 55 he has faced and is facing a series of serious personal struggles.
Recently Dennis was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
James, who has been Dennis’ close friend for a number of years, reached out to David expressing frustration at his inability to help him amid his growing medical struggles. Stating that he wished that more people could know the man he’d come to call friend, James and David began working together through their cosplay contacts and networks to bring Dennis closer to the super-heroes he loves so very much.
Starting with a simple Facebook post, seeking cosplayers to send him Christmas cards of them in their cosplay finest, signed as the heroes he loves. In roughly a week, the photo with the blurb seeking holiday greetings had nearly a thousand shares and had begun making the rounds on Twitter, even attracting the attention of Star Trek icon William Shatner, who himself sought the help and attention of comic book legend Stan Lee.
Dennis, who has been given between five to six months left to live, is said to still be in high spirits and using every moment he has left, to enjoy and appreciate the friends and fandom which have come to mean so much to him. And in addition to the outpouring of support from the Cosplay community and internet at large, members from the cast of the CW Network show Arrow (based on the DC comic Green Arrow) have been contacted and are likely expected to send their own signed cards (hopefully in costume) to the man who has rapidly come to mean so much to so many.
(If you are a Cosplayer or just a reader who would like to send Dennis a Christmas or holiday card yourself, cards and comic book materials can be sent to: Dennis c/o James Fipps 40 Matchlock Dr. St Peters Mo, 63376)