Real Name: Lupa Lupoff
Identity/Class: Human (1950s
citizen of Russia
Occupation: Spy, killer
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Her team
Enemies: Bucky (Jack Monroe), Captain America (William Burnside); Jim Slade, the USA
Known Relatives: Arnold (husband)
Aliases: The Executioner
Base of Operations: Las Vegas, Nevada; possibly worldwide
First Appearance: Young Men#25/2 (February, 1954)
Powers/Abilities: As a spy, Lupa was probably skilled in disguise, espionage, seduction, killing, etc. She was good at her profession as a spy, and very good as killer. She and her husband were immediately recognized by Captain America as two well-known spies.
Height: 5' 6" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
(Young Men#25/2 (fb) - BTS) - Lupa Lupoff was a Russian spy, but she had a second secret identity: The Executioner. She killed many as the Executioner, including all the spies who failed their missions; no one--not even her husband Arnold--knew her second identity.
(Young Men#25/2 - BTS) - Lupa Lupoff was assigned to steal the secrets of the Atomic Cannon built by inventor Jim Slade in the Nevada desert--for this mission, she was aided by Arnold. She met Slade and had him fall in love with her.
(Young Men#25/2) - Arnold and Lupa learned that Captain America would be handling security for the Atomic Cannon project.
(Young Men#25/2) - Captain America saw a photo of Jim Slade's girlfriend and recognized her as Lupa Lupoff.
(Young Men#25/2) - Lupa and Arnold explained their plan to their men and had them set traps for Captain America. Later, Lupa met Jim Slade at a restaurant in Las Vegas, where Arnold was disguised as a waiter. They drugged Slade and took him away in a car--their men saw Captain America following their car and tried to stop him, but Captain America made them confess.
Lupa and Arnold brought Slade to the testing site of the Cannon, to force him to reveal its secrets. Then Bucky jumped down from their car's roof and hit Arnold, but Lupa knocked Bucky down. Although the two spies told Slade that Captain America was dead, he still refused to talk.
Surprisingly, Captain America arrived on the scene before the spies killed the prisoners. The Executioner, understanding that the mission was a failure, shot Arnold without mercy and revealed to him her secret identity, then she completed the mission by shooting herself.
Not long after, an atomic explosion hit the area.
Comments: Created by Don Rico (writer) and John Romita (artist)
Executioner in Russian is Palach.
Lupa Lupoff, the Executioner, has no known connections to
Jim Slade has no known connections to
Arnold was a Russian spy, and Lupa Lupoff was his wife--unknown to Arnold, Lupa was secretly the Executioner.
(Young Men#25/2 - BTS) - Lupa and Arnold were on a mission to steal the secret plans for the experimental Atomic Cannon invented by Jim Slade.
(Young Men#25/2) - Arnold feared that the Executioner would kill them if they failed. Knowing that Captain America was handling security for the experiment, Lupa and Arnold unleashed their men to set traps for the hero.
Arnold disguised himself as a waiter and drugged Slade, then he and Lupa took the inventor to the testing site for the cannon.
Arnold and Lupa questioned Slade, but he refused to talk. Arnold was surprised by Bucky's attack, but Lupa Lupoff knocked the young hero down. Arnold was happy because he thought Bucky's death would save him from the Executioner; but the two spies were then attacked by Captain America. Arnold was knocked down; shortly afterward, he learned that his wife was actually the Executioner--Lupa shot him because he failed the mission, then she killed herself.
Lupa Lupoff and Arnold employed a group of at least 7 men to help them--it was unclear if they were professional spies, mercenaries, or just hired thugs who lived in the Las Vegas area.
(Young Men#25/2) - When Lupa and Arnold learned that Captain America would be handling security for the experimental Atomic Cannon, they gathered the group of spies and had them set some traps to kill Cap.
Two of the spies were present outside the restaurant where Lupa captured Jim Slade, inventor of the Atomic Cannon. When the two spies saw Captain America following Lupa's car, one of them shot at the hero, but Captain America stopped them and--after some punches--convinced them to reveal where Slade was.
Two other spies set an explosive trap on the street and had it detonate under Captain America's feet. They believed the hero was dead, but Cap's shield absorbed the impact, and Captain America survived.
(Young Men#25/2 - BTS) - Jim Slade invented the Atomic
Cannon. He tested the weapon in Nevada, where he met Lupa Lupoff and
fell in love with her.
(Young Men#25/2) - One day at the testing site, Slade met Captain America, who was handling security for the project. Slade showed Cap a photo of his girlfriend (whom Cap recognized as spy Lupa Lupoff), then left for Las Vegas.
In Las Vegas, Slade met up with Lupa Lupoff, and she tried to get him to talk about the cannon, but Slade wouldn't speak about it. Slade was drugged by two spies and taken to the testing site, where he was tied to a cactus and questioned; but Slade's loyalty to America was strong, and he didn't reveal anything about the cannon.
Bucky saved Slade the first time when Arnold Lupoff tried to kill him; the second time, Captain America saved both Slade and Bucky. Jim was saddened to see Lupa kill herself, because he loved her.
Slade and the two heroes left the testing site, and shortly afterward, an atomic explosion hit the area.
Young Men#25/2, page 7, panel 2 (Lupa Lupoff)
Young Men#25/2, page 2, panel 4 (Lupa, head shot)
Young Men#25/2, page 6, panel 3 (Arnold Lupoff)
Young Men#25/2, page 3, panel 4 (Arnold and Lupa Lupoff speaking to other spies)
Young Men#25/2, page 2, panel 6 (Jim Slade)
Young Men#25/2 (February, 1954) - Don Rico (writer), John Romita (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First Posted: 04/29/2005
Last updated: 07/02/2020
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