Who would have made the best Captain America (and Red Skull) over the years?
1950s: Charlton Heston
With the release of "The Ten Commandments" in 1956 and "Touch of Evil" in 1958, Charlton Heston, the bastion of American pride, was at the peak of his career, a peak that would not end for a long time to come. Heston nailed every acting challenge he come across, convincing audiences worldwide that he was Moses, Ben-Hur, President Andrew Jackson and Michelangelo. His rugged good looks and heroic stature combined with his ability to bring on-screen action to life would have made him a perfect Cold War era Captain America. Other than a brief Atlas Comics revival, there weren't that many "Captain America" comics in the '50s, but that might have been a different story if an actor with the gravitas of Heston had brought the character to life. With the Cold War in full swing, a '50s Cap film might have been more spy drama than an unvarnished display of patriotic pride, perhaps finding Captain America behind enemy lines in Russia or Red China, a complex storyline only an actor of Heston's caliber could have pulled off.