VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' status as a superhero has bit the dust.
Rome police early Thurs- day scrubbed the wall near the Vatican where "SuperPope" had been displayed, showing Francis as Superman in flight and clutching his black satchel of values to spread to the world.
Artist Mauro Pallotta had put the image up Monday in homage to Francis.
Pallotta's agent, Margaret Porpiglia said Thursday the artist is now hoping to avoid a city fine, but is considering making a street art piece depicting "anti-hero" Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino.
The white caped crusader pope, which was actually painted on paper and af- fixed to the wall with water-based glue, had drawn immense popular interest around the Borgo neigh- borhood of tiny cobble- stoned streets near St. Peter's Square.
Italian artist Mauro Pallotta stands in front of his graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag with writing that reads “Values” at the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter’s Square in Rome.×