ELKHART — The Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum has acquired what owner Allen Stewart says is the coolest item they've ever had — one of six shields used in the 2011 film "Captain America: The First Avenger."
Stewart purchased the shield about two weeks ago at C2E2, an annual comic and entertainment expo in Chicago. He tried to buy it two years ago at an auction but was outbid.
"You could buy a car for what we spent for it," Stewart said.
The shield, which was used during filming by actor Chris Evans, is signed by the cast of the 2014 sequel, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," as well as the cast of the TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Right now the shield is on display at the museum in a glass case. At the museum's Marvel Day event on Saturday, May 31, fans will get a chance to hold it and get a photo with it for a minimum donation of $5.
The donations will go toward the restoration of the museum's original copy of Captain America Issue 1, a rare comic that can go for up to $500,000 if it's in mint condition, Stewart said.
That issue debuted in 1941 with the cover featuring Captain America slugging Hitler in the face.
"We're the only museum that has a copy. We're trying to raise about $2,500 to restore this book because it's so important, historically," Stewart said.
The museum is open most afternoons after 2 p.m. and most weekends after 10 a.m. Those interested in visiting are recommended to call 522-1187 to schedule their tour. Admission is $6 for people 10 and older and $4 for kids 9 and younger.
Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum is at 58005 17th St., Elkhart.