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Reality star films web series episode at Elkhart museum

Reality star Adrianne Curry shot part of a new show at the Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum in Elkhart.
Zina Kumok
Posted on July 19, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Adrianne Curry announced at this year’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego that she will be hosting a web series highlighting the top collectors in the world. The show, “Super Fans,” will air on Stan Lee’s YouTube channel and will feature Elkhart’s Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum.

Curry came to film an episode at the museum in late June. It features museum owner and curator Allen Stewart. Curry is also executive producer and co-creator of the show. Stewart said this is the only comic book and superhero museum in the world.

The museum holds an array of items, including autographed movie posters, comic books, action figures and movie props. In honor of the recent release of “The Avengers,” the museum had a small area dedicated to the Marvel comic heroes.

Stewart himself was one of five finalists for the role of Robin in the Batman movies, but lost out to Chris O’Donnell, who portrayed Batman’s sidekick in “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin.” He has also written his own comic books.

Curry said she is “just looking for the most impressive of collections, collectors.”

To Curry, the bad kinds of collectors are those who stash away their memorabilia. The museum allows the public to come and look at the comic book and superhero collection.

“Instead of putting this all in a box they’re featuring it, letting others see it,” she said.

Curry said she got the idea from the going to other Comic-Con conventions and being a collector herself of rock memorabilia. She said she wanted to find the “cream of the crop” of collections. Stewart said that the surge of superhero and comic book movies has helped increase the museum’s popularity. They now get more out-of-town visitors than local ones.

“We’re not really somebody’s collection,” Stewart said. “We’re like the only museum of its kind.”

There will be about four episodes of “Super Fans,” and each will be between 5-12 minutes long. The episode in Elkhart was the third that had been filmed at the time, but Stewart said he was not sure when it would air.

While some might think that the show is looking to portray these avid fans as freaks or losers, Curry said she was showcasing people who were both “successful in life and in collections.”

“We’re not making fun of people,” she said.

Curry is no stranger to reality TV. A winner of “America’s Next Top Model,” she was also in her own reality TV show with ex-husband, “The Brady Bunch” star Christopher Knight. She is also a notorious cosplay fan.

The museum is located at 58005 C.R. 105. For more information, call 522-1187 or 293-0755 or go to www.supermansupersite.com/hallofheroes.html. You can find Lee’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/worldofheroes.

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