Classification: Terrestrial orbiting satellite (see comments)

Creator: Unrevealed

User/Possessors: The Red Skull (Johann Shmidt)

First Appearance: Bubble Funnies Mini-Comics#3 (1981)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Skull Satellite was much like any other satellite, designed to survive in the vaccuum of space and float in the lesser gravity. Designed to resemble the Red Skull's face, it was also equipped with weapons such as laser blasters mounted in the "teeth" of the satellite capable of firing lasers powerful enough to destroy entire cities.

It also had viewing windows in the "eyes" of the satellite as well as various radar dishes and technology protruding from various parts of the satellite.

History: (Bubble Funnies Mini-Comics#3 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Skull placed his Skull Satellite in orbit around Earth and used it as a base of operations to threaten America by wiping out an entire city with its lasers. When the Skull threatened to destroy America's defense weapons before they could be launched and turn America's population into his slaves, the President contacted Nick Fury who, in turn, recruited Captain America to aid against the Red Skull.

(Bubble Funnies Mini-Comics#3) - Traveling into space using the government's secret Project Stealth prototype shuttle, Captain America located the Skull Satellite and snuck on board. As the Skull was gloating about his intent to destroy America, then Russia, then the world, Captain America confronted his arch-enemy and the Red Skull rushed to press the button to fire lasers at America. Captain America halted the Skull by kicking him, forcing the Skull to make an attempt to flee. Hurling his shield, Captain America kept Red Skull in place but ended up hitting the Skull Satellite's self-destruct switch, beginning the three minute countdown to destroy the Skull Satellite. Captain America attempted to save the Red Skull but the Skull refused his enemy's help, not wishing to return to Earth a captive, and Captain America donned a nearby space suit and returned to the stealth shuttle prototype. As he departed the exploding Skull Satellite, Captain America thought the Red Skull would not have refused his help unless he had an escape plan of his own and how the United States were at least safe again.

Comments: Created by an uncredited writer & artist.

The Bubble Funnies Mini-Comics were a series of six tiny-sized, 10-page comic books distributed by the Amurol company with a stick of bubble gum on the back cover. The first four Bubble Funnies Mini-Comics were all published by Marvel (Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America & Spider-Woman) and the final two were published by Archie (Archie & Sabrina). No credits were given in the issues.

I listed the satellite as being terrestrial despite it being in outer space because it was likely created on Earth then launched into orbit. Additionally, it was not stated who created the satellite but it seems unlikely that the Red Skull created it himself. He probably had lackeys construct it.

This profile was completed 11/14/2020, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Proto-Man.

The Skull Satellite has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Bubble Funnies Mini-Comics#3, p5, pan1 (Skull Satellite, main image)
Bubble Funnies Mini-Comics#3, p8, pan2 (Skull Satellite before it self-destructed)

Bubble Funnies Mini-Comics#3 (1981) - uncredited writer, artist & editor

First Posted: 09/30/2021
Last updated: 09/29/2021

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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