Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Hate-Monger, the Red Skull (Johann Shmidt)

Users/Possessors: The Red Skull

First Appearance: Captain America I#226 (October, 1978)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Death's Head Satellite emitted a crimson beam which transformed anyone it struck into a physical and mental duplicate of the Red Skull, including a red skull-like face.

History: (Super-Villain Team-Up#16 (fb)) - The Red Skull constructed his Death's Head Satellite with the assistance of the Hate-Monger, who based its design upon his hate-ray.

(Captain America I#226) - The Red Skull fired his Death's Head Satellite upon the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, slowly assimilating the entire crew. One of the controlled S.H.I.E.L.D. agents disrupted the controls of the training robot Impact 739, placing Captain America in peril. Ultimately everyone onboard the Helicarrier from Nick Fury to Dum-Dum Dugan was taken over-- except for Captain America.

(Captain America I#227) - The Red Skull, in possesion of Nick Fury's body, attempted to trick Captain America into killing Fury by threatening the life of a Nick Fury LMD, but Captain America guessed his plan and defeated him without harming him. He then took the controller for the satellite away from Fury, and had the satellite destroyed.

(Captain America I#370) - A miniature duplicate of the Death's Head Satellite was held with the Red Skull's many past glories in his trophy room at Skull House. After his ordeal at the hands of Magneto, the Red Skull was given a tour of his trophies by Crossbones, who hoped to revive his boss' spirit.

Comments: Created by Roger McKenzie, Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito and John Tartag.

by Prime Eternal

The Death's Head Satellite should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Captain America I#226, page 15, panel 4

Captain America I#226-227 (October-November, 1978) - Roger McKenzie (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Mike Esposito & John Tartaglione (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Captain America I#370 (May, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Super-Villain Team-Up#16 (May, 1979) - Peter Gillis (writer), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Bruce Patterson (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)

Last updated: 08/29/05

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