Satay seller Titus Wibowo never fails to create a stir whenever he delivers the local delicacy to customers. Since June, he's been wearing the black Spider-Man suit for the purpose of entertaining people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Many people are stuck indoors during the movement control order. For them, it's the same routine each day and many are bored. I decided to wear this outfit because I can see it brings happiness to customers.
"Children and adults are always surprised and smiling whenever they receive satay from Spider-Man. That brings me so much joy," said Titus during a phone interview from Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya recently.
The father of one also posts videos of his adventures as a masked crusader on his YouTube channel, Boy Satay.
Titus was retrenched as a field collection officer in September last year. The following month, Titus and his friend Rosdin Arujamin, 36, opened a satay stall called Satay Umi (Boy Marvelous) in Pandan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.
They operate daily from 2pm-10pm, offering chicken, beef and mutton satay. He also sells otak otak, a fish cake made of minced fish meat mixed with spices. Titus and Rosdin hold two jobs – satay makers and masked delivery riders.
They have a helper who operates the stall when they are out for deliveries. Each day, both Spideys weave their way through different parts of the Klang Valley, ranging from Shah Alam to Gombak, to deliver their piping hot goods.
Titus purchased the skin-tight suits online for RM350 each. It comes complete with a one-piece spandex bodysuit, full face head mask and gloves. Titus and Rosdin wear the black Spider-Man suit – also known as the Symbiote Spider-Man – and the traditional red and blue costume, respectively.
Regarding his choice to dress up as Spider-Man, Titus said: "I've always been a fan of Marvel Comics, especially Spider-Man's character. Peter Parker is known for his wit, superhuman strength and agility. Plus, Spider-Man's costume is less bulky than other superhero suits like Iron Man, Hulk or Thor, especially on my motorbike."
While Titus may not be able to web-swing like Peter around the Big Apple, he is happy to zip around on his trusty SYM motorbike for deliveries.
"Contrary to popular belief, it isn't hot to wear my black suit. It is cooling especially when the wind blows," said Titus, adding that business has been brisk – he sells between 300 and 500 sticks each day – since he started his promotional stint.
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