Right before I noticed this thread I was thinking about posting about Captain America. I only recently got back into comics, and I never had any interest in Captain America. He always seemed kinda boring. I only had to read one issue about him to have a completely different attitude. Captain America really does deserve his fame. He comes off as a goody goody police officer authority figure who follows all the rules. What he really is is a total badass renegade who is willing to risk anything and break any rule to protect his country and it's true values.
I also loved when he attacked Daredevil, and Daredevil held his shield. He describe it as being like "holding a Stradivarius", the highlight of his night. It's just such a perfect idea for a tool to be carried by our country's loyal top cop and top soldier. The most perfect defensive tool ever made. It brings to mind other famously perfect weapons all held by legendary characters: the muramasa sword, Mjolnir, the Stormblade, Excalibur, etc. but what's special about the shield is it's the only object that fits in the same category without being mala in se. It's a defensive tool first, and a devastating weapon to anyone foolish enough to oppose Captain America.
I really regret all the time I spent not being a Captain America fan. I'm just glad I came to my senses on time to see him getting really famous again in the movies, the comics, the cartoons. It's a bandwagon I'm proud to be on.