The History of the Red Skull Captain America's Biggest Enemy
Reference from Captain America # 12 1998
the back of Captain America #12 1998 the Red Skull's history up
to that point is laid out. These are words from that issue for
the most part.
Describing the Skull the article says, "He has been called the
most evil man who ever lived. The symbol of hate. The
incarnation of torture. A bane to all those who would live free
from tyranny. And therefore, it should come as no surprise that
he is the sworn enemy of the land of the free's protector of
liberty, Captain America."
goes on to tell the origin of the Red Skull. " The Red Skull was
born Johann Schmidt. Ironically, Steve Rogers and Johann Schmidt
could have been brothers. Both came from poverty. Both suffered
rejection for their lack of strength and power. And both were
chosen to become more than average men.
unlike the man who would become Captain America, Johann was born
into hatred as much as poverty. Were it not for the doctor who
delivered him Johann would have been murdered, only minutes
after being born, by his own father. Johann's father, a man
whose senses had long been dulled by the siren call of alcohol,
blamed the child for the death of his mother. Martha was the
wife Hermann Schmidt repeatedly beat and abused yet claimed to
Hermann killed himself the next day. The doctor took Johann to
an orphanage where the child remained until the age of seven.
Seven years is the age of reason, some say. To Johann it was the
age of madness. "
article goes on to describe Johann's means of living on the
streets, sleeping outdoors and jail sometimes for petty crimes.
It then goes on to say, "As a young man, Johann went to work for
a shopkeeper, a Jewish businessman whose daughter was perhaps
the only person who ever showed Johann any kindness at all. When
she rebuffed his affections, he rewarded her kindness by killing
her. This was Johann's first murder. More it was his first
a bellboy in an era pregnant with the hint and rumor of war,
Johann was given the "honor" of serving refreshments to certain
members of the growing ranks of the Third Reich, including Adolf
The Birth of the Red Skull
Reference from Captain America # 12 1998
Continuing the article from Cap #12 " Hitler saw something of
himself in the young man and decided to mentor the bellhop in
all things murderous. He gave the boy a mask, a mask the color
of blood. And so...the Red Skull was born."
"Hitler's pride in creating the Skull, in time, turned to
jealous fear. Hitler had believed he had seen something of
himself in that bellboy's eyes years before. But he was wrong.
The Red Skull by this point had risen within the ranks to become
Hitler's second-in-command. And Hitler knew this man who once
served him would not rest until he himself was Uberman. Until he
himself was the master of the Master Race.
Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, one of Hitler's greatest officers
in the Reich, had fallen from Hitler's grace. But not from the
Skull's. The Skull sent him to Japan to create a subversive
organization that would one day be known as HYDRA.
Hitler's paranoia regarding the Skull and his own limitations
led to the decision that should he not win the world, he would
destroy it. This resulted in the creation of a number of weapons
that were buried only to resurface years later. These were
robots of mass destruction known as Sleepers.
These doomsday weapons were "lost" when Captain America tracked
the Skull down to his hidden bunker and defeated him. The Skull,
spitting his vengeance through blood and broken bone, was caught
in the cave-in. He was believed lost forever.
was the first death of the Red Skull. The Red Skull unknowingly,
had become a Sleeper himself. For the cave-in released an
experimental gas that so slowed the Skull's aging process that
he virtually became an immortal. It was during this state of
suspended animation that his wounds slowly healed."
article goes on to describe how years later a research team
found the body of the Red Skull and revived him. The Skull then
went on his own mission to rule the world. Captain America who
had also been in suspended animation on ice revived and started
the war between the two all over again.
Red Skull gained the Cosmic Cube. The same cube that holds Adolf
Hitler according to Captain America # 299 and Super Villain
See the whole page from Cap #299
cube had the power to make it's holder's imagination become
reality. The Skull lost it twice and was still unable to defeat
Here's a cool link I found that gives the
history of Hitler in the Marvel Universe
time the Red Skull's only purpose in life was to destroy Captain
America. When the gas that had preserved the Skull started to
wear out causing him to age, the Skull poisoned Cap with a
formula to make him age as well. The Red Skull attempted to end
his life in glorious battle against Captain America, but Cap
would later be rejuvenated and the Skull cremated. Still the
Skull came back this time in a different body one cloned from
Steve Rogers (Cap) himself.
Captain America # 300 Wallpaper sized Image
The death of the Red Skull
Since then, he has disintegrated himself twice, it's doubtful
Cap will ever see the last of the Red Skull.