THE RED SKULL
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-8107) human
Group Membership: German Army (presumably - see comments)
formerly Dr. Nieman
Enemies: Captain America, Dr. Nieman, Hiawatha Smith, Spider-Friends (Firestar/Angelica Jones, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Spider-Man/Peter Parker)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Madman," "Skull Face"
Base of Operations: Skull Island
First Appearance: Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon
episode, "The Quest of the Red Skull" (December 5, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: The Red Skull had average strength. He had access to various gas grenades and devices capable of melting glass. He also had access to various machines including a giant drill and a truck capable of turning into a sub.
Height: 6'1" (presumably
- see comments)
Weight: 195 lbs. (presumably - see comments)
Hair: None (see comments)
History: (Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "The Quest of the Red Skull" (fb) - BTS) - During World War II, the Red Skull greatly admired Adolf Hitler and served him.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode - "The Capture of Captain America" (fb) -BTS) - During this time, the Red Skull encountered Captain America and battled the American hero frequently.
(Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "The Quest of the Red Skull" (fb) - BTS) - Via unrevealed means, the Red Skull lived into the 1980s in much the same physical state as he had in the 1940s. At some point, the Red Skull began searching for the Scorpio engraving and sent his agents out to find the engraving.
(Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "The Quest of the Red Skull") - While the Red Skull's two agents broke into Professor Hiawatha Smith's house from the front, the Red Skull waited in the backyard. When Smith tried to escape, he ran right into the Skull. Smith quickly produced a boomerang to defend himself but the Red Skull gassed Smith. When Smith succumbed to the gas of a dropped grenade, the Red Skull used a device to melt his glass door. He gave orders to his men to continue the search of the house while he took Smith back their headquarters for questioning. With Smith suspended over a snake cage, the Red Skull held the Scorpio engraving that his men had acquired and talked of its value, as the engraving held clues to the find all the art, gold and military prototypes the German Army hid at the end of World War II. With the engraving in his hand, the Red Skull promised to start World War III. He left Smith alone with a python, not counting on Smith being able to talk to snakes.
The Red Skull soon deduced that the lines on the engraving lined up with South America, revealing the exact location of the German treasure. Dismissing Smith's ability to come to the same conclusion, the Skull was using a large drilling machine to go under the jungle. Via a robot vulture, the Skull kept tabs on the Spider-Friends, who had arrived in jungles in pursuit of the Red Skull after learning of Red Skull's plan to use the Scorpio Engraving from Professor Smith. When the drilling machine disturbed a cluster of vampire bats, the Skull and his agents broke out of the ground and found a giant swastika engraved into the side of a mountain. Thanks to the engraving, the Skull knew which point of the mountain held the treasure. While the Spider-Friends followed the Red Skull inside the mountain and caught up just long enough for Spider-Man to place a spider-tracer on the Red Skull's truck, the Red Skull loaded his truck with the treasure and drove to the ocean. Hitting the surf, the Red Skull's truck transformed into a submarine. Unaware of the spider tracer on his truck/sub, the Skull headed back to his private HQ, Skull Island. When the Spider-Friends arrived at Skull Island, they were easily captured and Red Skull strapped Firestar to a rocket. With Firestar frozen on the rocket, the Red Skull explained his plan to bomb the US and frame another world power.
When the escaped Professor Smith arrived, the Red Skull tauntingly broadcasted Smith's words to the Spider-Friends, unaware that Smith had used a knockout drug on the piranhas in the Red Skull's moat while crossing the moat to rescue the Spider-Friends. Launching his missiles, the Skull became aware of Smith and Spider-Man's efforts to course correct the missiles back to the island. When the escaped Spider-Man broke back into his lair, the Skull was taken by surprise and webbed to the control panel. Producing a knife, the Skull cut the webbing away and fled, screaming about the treasure. Spider-Man then escaped seconds before the rockets turned Skull Island into a smoldering heap and later, back at Professor Smith's house, Smith told the Spider-Friends that the government had gone over the remains of Skull Island and found no trace of the Red Skull.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode - "The Capture of Captain America" (fb) - BTS) - The Red Skull survived under unrevealed circumstances and went back to plotting against the world.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode - "The Capture of Captain America") - The Red Skull ordered Dr. Nieman to construct a mind transfer machine. When it was completed, the Skull put his plan in motion as the Captain America Day holiday commenced. Slipping into the crowed, the Skull confronted J. Jonah Jameson and gassed the publisher, taking his place on stage and introducing Captain America. When Captain America heard the Skull's voice, however, he ordered the crowd to flee as the Skull dropped his disguise and opened fire on the crowd with a wrist blaster. Captain America destroyed the weapon with shield. Drawing a gas gun, the Skull gassed the living legend and Spider-Man too, who had arrived on the scene while covering Captain America's appearance as Peter Parker. With Cap dazed, his shield struck Spider-Man and with both heroes down, the Red Skull thanked Spider-Man for his interference before taking Cap away in his airship.
Flying over the Statue of Liberty, the Red Skull thanked Dr. Nieman for his work and gloated over the prone form of Captain America, unaware of the spider tracer stuck to his shield. At the Red Skull's castle, the masked madman talked to the awake but subdued Captain America. He demonstrated Nieman's machine by switching the minds of a cat and a dog and then told the next phase of his plan: to put his mind in Captain America's body while his own would rot away in a dungeon. When Spider-Man (dressed in a Captain America costume rented from Stan's Costume Shop) broke into the castle, the Red Skull ordered Nieman to unleash his robot guards before continuing the experiment. With Captain America secured, the Red Skull strapped himself into the chair next to him and continued to berate Nieman as the scientist protested the Skull's actions. Captain America soon escaped thanks to Spider-Man and the Red Skull swore to use Nieman's deadliest device, a chest mounted laser cannon. Firing directly at Captain America, the Red Skull was blinded when Cap's shield reflected the light of the blast back at him. His defeat came as Spider-Man webbed his wrist and flung the Skull across the room, where he crashed into the mind transfer machine's chair and was knocked out. Waking up, the Skull swore to battle Captain America again but Dr. Neiman, tired of the abuse, locked the Skull into the machine and flipped the machine on. With no other body to transfer his mind to, the Skull's mind was blasted into the air, leaving his body an empty husk.
Comments: Created by Dennis Marks and Marvel Productions, Ltd (see Appearances list for artists involved).
According to a few online sources, the Red Skull was voiced by Peter Cullen in both shows.
All physical stats are from his 616 counterpart. He was never seen without his skull, so that might be a mask or his actual head. He's seen standing behind Hitler so presumably he was part of the German Army
A bit of trivia: the Spider-Man episode "The Capture of Captain America" was animated by Toei in their first animated collaboration with Marvel.
In Amazing Friends, his eyes are orange, but in Spider-Man they're black.
In the front window of Stan's Costume shop, we see costumes of Iron Man, Black Bolt, the Vision, Captain America, Power Man (Luke Cage), Thor and Storm.
Profile by David Lawrence.
Earth-8107's Red Skull has no known connections to:
Dr. Nieman was a scientist who worked for the Red Skull. He followed the Skull's orders to build a mind transfer machine, albeit under protest. He also built all other devices the Skull used. He put up with the Skull's insults until at last he had had enough and turned his mind transfer machine on when the Red Skull was locked alone in it. Nieman remarked that the act was the only good thing he had ever done but that the Red Skull shouldn't have mocked him so many times.
- Spider-Man cartoon episode - "The Capture of Captain America"
Adolf Hitler was the leader of Germany and the Nazi Party during World War II and the man who commanded the Red Skull.
- Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "The Quest of the Red Skull" (seen only on film)
The Red Skull's
Two men who shared the Red Skull's beliefs, the agents were rather stupid, even mistaking a Native American design for the fascist swastika. When the Red Skull tasked them with searching for the Scorpio engraving, the agents broke into the home of Prof. Hiawatha Smith. One attempted to throw a gas grenade at Professor Smith but dropped it to his feet when his wrist was snagged by Smith's lasso. They were annoyed when they were unable to find the Scorpio Engraving the Red Skull ordered them to find. They managed to find it during a fight with Spider-Man and gassed the hero to escape. They then brought the engraving back to the Red Skull. The two agents remained with the Red Skull as he found the treasure via the engraving's carvings but when the fight between the Spider-Friends and the Red Skull started going against the Skull, they both fled and tried to steal the Skull's jet. Iceman convinced them to take on other passengers.
--Spider-Man & His
Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "The Quest of the Red Skull"
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Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "The Quest of the Red Skull" (Red Skull main, Red Skull headshot, Red Skull's agents & Hitler images)
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Capture of Captain America" (Red Skull in purple robe, Red Skull in J. Jonah Jameson disguise, Red Skull in green jumpsuit & boots, Red Skull electrocuted)
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "The Quest of the Red Skull" (December 5, 1981) - Dennis Marks (writer), Jan Green, Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Will Meugniot, Dick Sebast, Bob Schaffer, Don Shepard, Hank Tucker, Warren Tufts (storyboards), Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Elaine Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Tom Tholen, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bob Foster (layouts), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gibbs, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Arthur Vitello (animation directors)
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Capture of Captain America" (January 9, 1982) - Creighton Barnes, Doug Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx, Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott (writers), Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Henry Tucker (storyboards), Mario Piluso (storyboards, layouts), Lyle Beddes, Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Larry Huber, Elaine Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Keith Sargent, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bill Wray (layouts), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gibbs, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Kay Wright (animation directors)
First Posted: 10/24/2018
Last updated: 10/24/2018
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