Real Name: Vladimir Korda

Identity/Class: Human (Polish)

Occupation: Mercenary, terrorist

Group Membership: ULTIMATUM, HYDRA

Affiliations: Flag-Smasher, HYDRA, ULTIMATUM

Enemies: Captain America

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: a former HYDRA base, Switzerland
Krakow, Poland

First Appearance: Captain America I#321 (September, 1986)

Powers/Abilities: Vladimir Korda was equipped with standard ULTIMATUM devices, including an uzi submachine gun, and rocket skis used for flight.

History: (Captain America I#326 (fb) - BTS) - Vladimir Korda was born in Krakow, Poland. He served as a HYDRA agent for 5 years; as a mercenary in Africa for 3 years, and finally joined ULTIMATUM.

(Captain America I#321) - After five months with ULTIMATUM, Korda participated in the capture of the passengers onboard a commercial airplane, and was left to guard the hostages while Flag-Smasher attempted to ransom their lives for that of Captain America. However, Captain America invaded their base undetected, and masqueraded as an ULTIMATUM agent. He attempted to set the hostages free without fatalities by defeating the guards one at a time. With just two guards left and no more time, Cap struck one down with his shield but the other-- Korda-- opened fire upon the hostages. Captain America was horrified, and used the uzi he had been wearing as part of his disguise to shoot Korda to death to save those left.

Subsequently, Captain America retrieved Korda's body as the hostages departed. Korda was found to have killed no more than 4 hostages in all.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary and John Beatty.

In Captain America I#326, Dr. Faustus generated a hologram of Vladimir Korda at Skullhouse, along with holograms of the Porcupine, Scourge, Red Skull and MODOK to combat Captain America.

This profile assumes that the background information on Korda provided by Dr. Faustus in Captain America I#326 is accurate.

Captain America was haunted by Korda's death for several months to come; although he redeemed himself the following issue by bringing the Flag-Smasher to justice alive, he continued to be reminded of Korda, and was taunted by civilians and the media for having taken a life.

by Prime Eternal

Vladimir Korda should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Captain America I#321, page 21, panel 5-6

Captain America I#321 (September, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), John Beatty (inks), Michael Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#326 (February, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), John Beatty & Kent Williams (inks), Don Daley (editor)

Last updated: 07/07/04

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