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Once a Hero 

The creator of comic superhero Captain Justice, Abner Bevis, is in a rut, repeating old storylines. The comic's owners want to kill the strip off due to falling sales, and children are ... See full summary »


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Complete series cast summary:
Josh Blake ...  Woody Greely / ... 5 episodes, 1987
Jeff Lester ...  Captain Justice 3 episodes, 1987
Caitlin Clarke ...  Emma Greely / ... 3 episodes, 1987
Robert Forster ...  Gumshoe 3 episodes, 1987
Milo O'Shea ...  Abner Bevis 3 episodes, 1987


The creator of comic superhero Captain Justice, Abner Bevis, is in a rut, repeating old storylines. The comic's owners want to kill the strip off due to falling sales, and children are losing interest in it. This transfers itself to the world of the comic strip, Pleasantville, where Justice realises his adventures are repeats, and the characters of the world are starting to fade. So Justice crosses into the real world. He finds he has lost his superpowers, but the comic's Gumshoe has followed him and is looking out for him. His antics create renewed interest in the strip. Bevis is inspired to make Justice more contemporary, and the owners agree not to cancel it. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Adventure | Comedy







Release Date:

19 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitão Justiça See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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A fine show, within its niche
24 February 2004 | by bobbuetheSee all my reviews

As I see it, the main reason that "Once a Hero" failed was that it was aimed at too narrow an audience. If you're not a comic book fan, you'd probably find it a cute, fluffy, "unreality" sitcom, not unlike "Batman" or "Mork and Mindy" in mood, but without the creative spark that made those shows stand out. If you ARE a comic book fan, but were born after 1960 or so, you'd probably think that this show was making fun of you. But if you love the comic books of the 1950s and '60s (especially Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman), the so-called Silver Age of Superheroes, then there's a good chance that you'll love this program.

Granted, it's a caricature rather than an honest depiction of comic book superheroes; but the show embodies the difference between the superheroes of the past (noble, square-jawed, perfect in every way all-American boys) versus those of the present, or the '80s (grim, gritty anti-heroes dealing with vicious, violent criminals on their own terms). The stories acknowledge that the latter may be more "realistic," more "modern," but in the end it comes down firmly on the side of the former.

The point of "Once a Hero" was that there's still a place for innocence, honesty, and heroic idealism in today's world. But it was canceled way too early to get its message across.

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