Captain America lives again

Gerritt Bod of Stockton wears a Captain America costume at the annual Halloween event at the university in Stockton.(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 112mm. Exposure: f/2.8 @1/250, ISO 200)

At the UOP Halloween Safe Trick-or-Treat event I saw a number of kids dressed as Batman, Spider-man and Superman, but only one Captain America.

Captain America is one of my favorite superheroes. His story begins when patriotic Steve Rogers, a 98-lb weakling, tries to enlist in the army during WW II. Scrawny and sickly, he’s classified as 4-F and turned away. Rogers then volunteers for an experimental project and is given a secret serum. Instantly he is turned into the perfect human specimen. Though not superhuman, he performs at peak human levels. As Captain America, he fights the Nazis, inspires the troops and wins the day for the allies. Near the end of the war, during a battle he plunges into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic ocean and is believed dead. His super soldier serum (try saying that five times fast) in combination with the icy cold water, sends him into suspended animation. He was found and revived in the 1960s to fight for justice and liberty again. A hallmark of Captain America was that he always fought for what was right and he never gave up, giving his all no matter what the odds.

A few months ago Marvel Comics killed off Captain America just when the country needed a true American hero the most. They’ll probably replace him with a younger, edgier character, but to me Steve Rogers will always be Cap.

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