The Red Skull (Johann Schmidt) is a fictional supervillain showing up in American comic books distributed by Marvel Comics. The character is typically depicted as the most outstanding adversary of the hero Captain America. Portrayed as a Nazi specialist, the character was made by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Captain America Comics #7 (October 1941).
|First Appearance||Captain America comics|
#7 (October 1941)
|Created by||Joe Simon|
|Alter ego||Johann Schmidt|
|Team Affiliations||the Kronas Corporation|
Nazi Germany (SS-Oberführer)
the Skeleton Crew
the Astonishing Avengers
Baron Helmut Zemo
|Notable aliases||Der Rote Schädel (German name, translation: “The Red Skull”), Senator Dell Rusk, Bettman P. Lyles, the Agent of a Thousand Faces (impersonated in Europe during World War II), the Man (head of the People’s Militia), Cyrus Fenton, John Smith (the English version of his natural German name), Teacher, Tod March (president and founder of Galactic Pictures), Aleksander Lukin, the White Skull|
|Abilities||* Genius-level intellect and scientist|
* Expert tactician, strategist, and field commander
* Skilled hand-to-hand combatant and marksman
* Inhabits a cloned body of Captain America that grants:
– Peak human strength, speed and stamina
– Telepathy strong enough to reach out and manipulate countless people with his thought-waves
– Astral projection
The character has been adjusted to a variety of other media stages, including vivified TV arrangement, computer games and no frills highlight films. His character is depicted by Scott Paulin in the 1990 direct-to-video movie Captain America, and after that by Hugo Weaving in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger and by Ross Marquand in the 2018 movie Avengers: Infinity War, the last two both set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Red Skull was positioned number 21 on Wizard magazine’s Top 100 Greatest Villains Ever list and positioned as IGN’s 14th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.