Red Skull

Red Skull

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).

Red Skull (Johann Schmidt)

Publication Information

PublisherMarvel comics
First AppearanceCaptain America comics
#7 (October 1941)
Created byJoe Simon
Jack Kirby

In-story Information

Alter egoJohann Schmidt
Team Affiliationsthe Kronas Corporation
the Exiles
Nazi Germany (SS-Oberführer)
the Skeleton Crew
the Astonishing Avengers
Baron Strucker
the Viper
Baron Helmut Zemo
Notable aliasesDer 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.