Captain Justice

Captain Justice (Jeff Lester) was a Pizazz Comics superhero on the fantasy adventure ONCE A HERO/ABC/1987.  His alter ego was Brad Steele, an archeologist. His alias was Brad Kent, The Crimson Crusader.  He lives in the fictional town of Pleasantville.


When he discovers that fewer and fewer people were reading his Captain Justice comic books, and that without readers his character would disappear (shades of Tinker Bell!), Captain Justice left the two-dimensional world of the Forbidden Zone and ventured into  the real world.

Unfortunately, reality had its drawbacks. The Captain was now mortal, and, as such, could no longer deflect bullet, fly through the air etc. To simulate his former superhuman powers, the Captain used explosives and wore a bullet-proof vest for protection.


Cast from the TV series ONCE A HERO

Assisting our costumed stranger in a strange new world was Gumshoe (Robert Forster), a Humphrey Bogart look-alike dressed in a raincoat and hat who helped the Captain battle such baddies as Max Mayhem, Lobsterman, Lazarus, and Dr. Destructo in the comic realm. Also helping the Captain in the real world was Abner Bevis (Michael O’Shea), the creator of the comic book hero who wants to revive lagging comic book sales.

Adding to the plot is a Emma Greely (Caitlin Clarke), a newspaper reporter who is suspicious of the Brad Steele (aka, Captain Justice”). While she is still in the dark about Brad Steele’s double identity, her young son Woody  (Josh Blake) discovers the truth about the newly arrived superhero in town.


Spinoff Marvel Comics #1 and #2 (left & right) and video package cover of ONCE A HERO (center)

Note: Captain Justice and friends faded quickly from sight soon after their debut after only three episodes. Like the comic book, this TV series needed viewers to survive.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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