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Red Skull I


Note: Albert Malik the second Red Skull was a communist agent used by the Soviet Union to battle the fourth Captain America during the 1950's. The communist agent was killed in prison by order of the original Red Skull.


Nick Name
The Ultimate Nazi
Civilian ID

Johann Shmidt


Aliases

Bettman P. Lyles

Cyrus Fenton

Dell Rusk

Mr. Smith

Tod March


Note: The Red Skull has used numerous aliases, disguises and minions disguised as himself over the decades, but his most successful ruse was as Dell Rusk, an identity with which he was appointed Secretary of Defense of the United States.


Occupation

Terrorist

World Conqueror


Legal Status
Citizen of Germany with an international criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Germany
Group Affiliation

A.I.M.

Exiles I

German Third Reich

HYDRA

People's Militia

ULTIMATUM


Base of Operations

Exile Island

Nazi Germany

Sea Gull Isle

Skull House


Height

Original Body: 6' 1"


Cloned Body: 6' 2"


Weight

Original Body: 195 lbs.


Cloned Body: 240 lbs.


Eye Color
Blue
Hair Color

Original Body: Brown


Cloned Body: Blonde


Currently: Bald


Known Powers

Clone of body enhanced with the Super-Soldier Formula and Vita-rays resulting in peak human strength, stamina and agility for a man of his age.


Master of multiple fighting arts, both western and eastern.


Above average intelligence with skills as a tactician and military strategist.


Note: The Red Skull is a clone of Steve Rogers (Captain America I) produced by the bio-fanatic Arnim Zola, who preserved Shmidt's consciousness before he died of natural causes due to aging.


Accessories

Battle Armor: S.H.I.E.L.D. designed battle armor.


Cosmic Cube: Ionic cube containing an unknown energy capable of altering reality.


Death Dust: Toxin used to kill adversaries leaving there face withered and drawn like a red skull.


Red Skull Mask: Face-covering resembling a red skull.


Robots: Big, small, short, tall, humanoid, insectoid, three-in-one doomsday machines, robots with Hitler's brain and cyborgs resembling all sorts of people. If you need an evil robot, then the Red Skull probably has what you're looking for.


Resources of A.I.M., HYDRA and other criminal sources.


Note: The Red Skull wore a mask until he was affected by his own Death Dust, which was not strong enough to kill his newly cloned body, but did disfigure him with grim a drawn visage of a red skull.


Common Enemies

Avengers

Black Widow II

Bucky I

Captain America I

Falcon II

Invaders

Nick Fury

Magneto I

Patriot I

Silver Sable

S.H.I.E.L.D.

U.S.Agent


Regularly Appearing

Captain America Comics

Captain America Vol. 1 & 3, 4 & 5

Tales of Suspense Vol. 1

Young Allies Vol. 1


First Appearance

Origin

Captain America Comics #7 (Oct. 1941)


Modern Return

Tales of Suspense Vol. 1 #66 (June, 1965)


Note: Red Skull impersonator George Maxon appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (March, 1941) and Captain America Comics #3 (May, 1941).


Red Skull impersonator John Maxon appeared in Tales of Suspense Vol. 1 #65 (May, 1965).


Creator
Ed Herron & Jack Kirby
Origin

Johann Shmidt was orphaned when his mother died during his birth and his father committed suicide from grief. After Shmidt's birth, his father accused the infant of murder and attempted to drown him, but he was saved by the doctor who placed him in an orphanage.


Shmidt ran away from the orphanage as a young child becoming a beggar and thief. As he grew older he worked menial jobs and landed in and out of prison for petty crimes. He would commit his first murder against the daughter of a Jewish shopkeeper who employed him. Refusing his love, Shmidt killed the young woman in a fit of rage and fled. He felt ecstatic joy in committing the murder and giving vent to his pent rage at the world.


When the Nazis took power, Shmidt was working as a bellboy at the hotel where Adolf Hitler was a guest. Hitler was berating a Gestapo officer when the bellboy delivered the Fuhrer's refreshments. Hitler claimed that he could teach the bellboy to do a better job than the officer. Shmidt saw in Hitler the mentor he had always desired, and Hitler recognized in the young man a hatred for humanity that he recognized in himself.


Hitler declared he would make the bellboy into a "perfect Nazi" who would serve at his right-hand as the Red Skull.