Captain America 80th anniversary Allen Stewart, Roz Bellman, Reb Brown, Hall of Heroes

Captain America’s 80th anniversary was celebrated Saturday at Elkhart’s Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum. From the left, curator Allen Stewart; Captain America artist Allen Bellman’s widow, Roz Bellman; and 1979 Captain America actor Reb Brown honor Allen Bellman, who died last year, by placing a plaque on his drawing desk, which is on display at the museum. Also pictured is Brown’s screenworn costume and one of the shields used in the recent “Captain America” movies.

ELKHART — It’s no surprise that the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum is buzzing when it’s time to celebrate Captain America’s 80th anniversary. After all, here’s the guy who punched Adolf Hitler on the cover of his very first comic book in 1941 and who has fought for American values and humankind ever since.

“Captain America was the most important comic book character to come out of World War II,” said the museum’s curator, Allen Stewart. “Captain America is the wholesome, pure character of Marvel, like Superman is for DC. Captain America is the iconic symbol of what you want to strive to be.”

Captain America 80th anniversary Hall of Heroes Justin Short, left, and Dylan Floor

Many in attendance at Hall of Heroes on Saturday were in costume, including the two Captains America Justin Short, left, and Dylan Floor.

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