BY day he wears a uniform and walks the thin blue line as a police inspector.
Come night-time, Steve Johnson’s alter ego kicks in and he transforms into his favourite superhero – be it Captain America or The Phantom.
And he will be right in his element between September 27 and October 4 when the Shoalhaven Superheroes Festival is held.
The seven-day pop culture festival is chance for fans of all shapes and sizes, colours and costumes to gather together and be inspired by superheroes, both imaginary and real.
“I just love the pop culture and science fiction,” Mr Johnson said.
“A mate introduced me to The Phantom 25 years ago and I have loved it ever since and got every comic.”
With an enlarged comic book page adorning a wall in the family’s home it’s not hard to see they are superheroes fans.
It is a real family affair – mother Sue loves Wolverine and X-Men, son Flynn is a Dr Strange aficionado and daughter Molly loves the Human Torch and Wolverine.
As part of the festival Mr Johnson is organising the Nowra Pop Quiz on September 29, which will be a popular culture trivia at Bottlerocket bar and café in Nowra.
“It will feature all the popular culture shows like The Phantom, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr Who, all things Spielberg,” he said.
Prior to that, to coincide with the launch of the new Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie a “Marvel-ous” trivia night will be held on August 25, covering all things Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel comic book.
Again, it will be held at Bottlerocket for 10 teams of 10.
The event will even be hosted by Steven Rogers, AKA Captain America.