(of Earth-807128)

Real Name: Johann Shmidt

Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality (Earth-807128) human mutate

Occupation: President of Amerika, supervillain

Group Membership: Formerly National Socialist German Workers Party

Affiliations: Abomination/Emil Blonsky, Doctor Doom/Victor von Doom, Heinz, Hydra (Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo, others), Magneto/Erik Lensherr, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tobias, others), Taskmaster/Tony Masters;
    formerly Thunderbolts (Atlas/Erik Josten, Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo, MACH-1/Abner Jenkins, Moonstone/Karla Sofen, Songbird/Melissa Gold)

Enemies: Angel (Warren Worthington III), Beast (Hank McCoy), Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Black Panther (T'Challa), Bullseye (Lester), Captain America (James Barnes), Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Cloak (Tyrone Johnson), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange), Falcon (Sam Wilson), Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Human Robot (M-11), Iron Fist (Danny Rand), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Logan (James Howlett), Marvin the Martian, Moon Knight (Marc Spector), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Nova (Richard Rider), Punisher (Frank Castle), Redwing, Sentry (Robert Reynolds), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Thing (Ben Grimm), Thor Odinson, Vision ("Victor Shade")

Known Relatives: Unidentified wife

Aliases: "Herr Shmidt," "President Shmidt"

Base of Operations: The White House, New Babylon, Amerika

First Appearance: (mentioned) Wolverine III#67 (July, 2008);
    (carving of Red Skull) Wolverine III#69 (November, 2008);
    (fully seen) Wolverine III#72 (April, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: Just like his Reality-616 counterpart, the Red Skull had peak human strength, stamina, resistance, durability, reflexes and agility.

Height: 6'5" (by approximation) (see comments)
Weight: 189 lbs. (by approximation) (see comments)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Bald

History: (Wolverine III#72 (fb) - BTS/Old Man Hawkeye I#10 (fb)) - Johann Shmidt was a Nazi supervillain and Captain America's archenemy. He was one of the villains who offered to cooperate and eliminate as many superheroes as possible in an effort to take over the United States and eventually the whole world. According to the agreement among the villains, the territory of America was to be divided among the villains and the Red Skull decided to take over the White House and all the power in the country. The plan was successful and most of the superheroes were killed within a few hours.

(Old Man Hawkeye I#4 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Skull recruited the Thunderbolts and they, having betrayed the Avengers and other superheroes, joined those with whom they once fought.

(Wolverine III#72 (fb)) - The Red Skull crossed paths with Captain America (Bucky Barnes) at the Capitol. When the Capitol was destroyed, Barnes was left partially buried under the rubble and badly injured. Shmidt took the opportunity to gloat and told him about the sinister plans drawn up with the participation of his villainous colleagues. He said that the "chief lieutenants" were going to divide the US territory among themselves, with Abomination wanting to take control of California, Doctor Doom, the Bible Belt, and Magneto wanting to take over Las Vegas. The Red Skull added that he was going to get the White House. After these words, Captain America burst into tears and Shmidt then gouged out his eyes.

(Old Man Hawkeye I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Shmidt kept Captain America alive and turned him into Winter Soldier by brainwashing him and thus making Barnes a dangerous killing machine. At some point during the superhero massacre, the Red Skull was informed by Baron Zemo that Hawkeye had perished.

(Wolverine III#67 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Skull proclaimed himself the president and renamed the United States of America to Amerika. Under his rule, America plunged into chaos and most of the country became wastelands.

(Wolverine III#71 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Skull subdued S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Wolverine III#70 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Skull married an unidentified woman.

(Wolverine III#69 (fb) - BTS) - Shmidt's face was carved onto Mount Rushmore...

(Wolverine III#72(fb) - BTS) - renamed Washington D.C. as New Babylon, and in his White House residence he collected a trophy room full of weapons, costume remnants and even body parts of slain and defeated superhero foes. Recalling that some ancient warriors used to wear the skins of their fallen foes, he sometimes wore Captain America's uniform, a practice his wife declared morbid.

(Old Man Hawkeye I#3) - When the subterranean Moloids began attacking miners in Paste Pot Creek, the Red Skull several times tried to contact Bullseye to deal with the situation but Bullseye ignored the Skull's calls. When Bullseye finally answered, the Red Skull chastised him and told him about the task but Bullseye replied that he was busy and didn't have time for it. When Shmidt became angry, Bullseye replied that there were still plenty of assassins ready to tackle the Moloids.

(Old Man Hawkeye I#5) - The Red Skull was unhappy with the Bullseye's recent behavior and tracked his location using a Deathlok tracking chip in Bullseye's body. Upon learning that he was staying at a clinic in Electroville, the president ordered S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Tobias to send two elimination squads with instructions to either capture Bullseye or kill him if the first could not be done. Tobias told Red Skull that Bullseye was seen at the murder sites of Atlas and Beetle (who had since reclaimed his original costumed identity) but according to witnesses, it was not he who committed them, rather "a man with a bow and arrow." President Shmidt expressed doubts that Hawkeye could have survived the superhero murders from many years ago.

(Old Man Hawkeye I#6) - Bullseye killed the Red Skull's soldiers and left only Taskmaster alive, asking him to tell the president that he refused to obey and would kill everyone the Skull sent after him. The Red Skull found out about this statement and finally decided to just kill Bullseye despite being disappointed because his soon-to-be target was one of his most powerful subordinates. He then ordered Tobias to send the Winter Soldier for Bullseye. After that, he contacted Baron Zemo and was outraged that Hawkeye had seemingly survived the earlier superhero elimination despite Zemo's past assurance he had not survived and was nervous that Hawkeye might interfere with Zemo's Super-Soldier Serum project.

(Old Man Hawkeye I#12) - Taskmaster contacted the Red Skull and reported that a collapse had occurred in the Weapon X bunker where Bullseye had pursued Hawkeye and where Zemo's project to recreate a Super-Soldier Serum had been taking place. Taskmaster also reported that nothing remained of the Serum itself and that Bullseye had died in the collapse (though Bullseye had actually been killed by Hawkeye). When Shmidt asked about Hawkeye, unhappy that a superheroic survivor could be walking around alive in his territory, Taskmaster suggested that Hawkeye most likely died too. The Red Skull praised him for his investigation and reporting and ordered him to return to base.

(Wolverine III#71 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Skull learned that a surviving hero had the Super-Soldier Serum. Unaware that it was a surviving Hawkeye and fearing the emergence of a new Captain America, the Red Skull ordered S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to deal with the hero.

(Wolverine III#72) - Dressed in Captain America's uniform, Shmidt stood in his trophy room looking at his collection. When one of his subordinates Heinz appeared and reported that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Tobias had successfully completed their task and brought the bodies of Hawkeye and Logan as well as the Super-Soldier Serum, the Red Skull ordered them in. The president expressed concern that other surviving heroes might try to raise a rebellion but Tobias confidently replied that small rebellions would be trifles that could be easily dealt with. The Red Skull praised him for the work and promised him a cash reward. However, one of Tobias' men commented that the wounds on Logan's body were slowly disappearing. Logan, who had survived his seemingly fatal wounds thanks to his healing factor, swiftly took down the subordinates, leaving him alone with Red Skull. President Shmidt tried to fight the old man, gaining the upper hand initially because Howlett had long been out of shape. However, after Skull knocked him back into the trophies, smashing the showcase, Logan picked up Captain America's shield while the Red Skull grabbed the Ebony Blade. The shield proved impervious even to the enchanted sword, allowing Logan to swiftly beat the Skull into submission. When Logan told his defeated foe to stay down, the Nazi taunted the mutant, stating he didn't have the guts to deal a lethal blow, and the former X-Man immediately decapitated him, ending the Red Skull's reign.

Comments: Created by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines.

   Red Skull's stats are approximated from those of his Earth-616 counterpart.

   Many of the Skull's enemies listed above were only seen represented by trophies in his collection; however, even if some of these trophies marked individuals who were still alive (some of Hawkeye's arrows and Hulk's pants), and even if we didn't see the Skull actually fighting many of them, I think it's fair to count them as enemies. That said, anyone identified only via trophy is therefore only a tentative identification - arguably it might have been Mimic's wing rather than Angel's that we saw, or Ben Reilly's Spider-Man gear, for example. - Loki

This profile was completed 7/27/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Mike Castle.

Earth-807128's Red Skull has no known connections to:

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore had sculptural portraits of four US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. When the USA was invaded by villains and renamed Amerika under the auspices of the Red Skull, his face was engraved on the mountain.

--Wolverine III #69

images: (without ads)
Wolverine III#72, p13, pan3 (Red Skull, main image)
Old Man Hawkeye I#5, p1, pan3 (Red Skull, headshot)
Wolverine III#72, p1, pan1 (Red Skull's triumph & Captain America's defeat)
Old Man Hawkeye I#3, p4, pan1-6 (Red Skull contacting Bullseye)
Wolverine III#72, front cover (Red Skull in Captain America's suit)
Wolverine III#72, p14, splash page (Logan killing Red Skull)
Wolverine III#69, p13, splash page (Mount Rushmore)

Wolverine III#69 (November, 2008) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), John Barber (editor), Jody Leheup (editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Wolverine III#72 (April , 2009) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), John Barber (editor), Jody Leheup (editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Old Man Hawkeye I#3 (March, 2018) - Ethan Sacks (writer), Marco Checchetto (pencils & inks), Mark Basso (editor)
Old Man Hawkeye I#3 (March, 2018) - Ethan Sacks (writer), Marco Checchetto (pencils & inks), Mark Basso (editor)
Old Man Hawkeye I#5 (May, 2018) - Ethan Sacks (writer), Marco Checchetto (pencils & inks), Mark Basso (editor)
Old Man Hawkeye I#6 (June, 2018) - Ethan Sacks (writer), Marco Checchetto (pencils & inks), Mark Basso (editor)
Old Man Hawkeye I#10 (October, 2018) - Ethan Sacks (writer), Marco Checchetto (pencils & inks), Mark Basso (editor)
Old Man Hawkeye I#12 (December, 2018) - Ethan Sacks (writer), Marco Checchetto (pencils & inks), Mark Basso (editor)

First Posted: 09/07/2021
Last updated: 09/06/2021

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