Monday, February 22, 2010

The Fantastic Origin of the Red Skull

Season: 1
Episode Number: 2b
Season Episode Number: 2b
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Voices: Arthur Pierce (Captain America), Bernard Cowan (Bucky Barnes, Narrator), Paul Kilgman (Red Skull), (German Leader), (Gestapo Chief), (Dr. Shultz).

Plot: With Captain America in his custody, the Red Skull recounts the events that let made him the man of power he is today!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): As the title suggests, this is the origin story of the Red Skull, as told in Tales of Suspense #66. Just like the previous chapter, all Nazi references are removed from this chapter. This includes all references to Hitler, who actually played a big role in the Red Skull's origin.

Instead, a fellow called the 'Great Leader', who didn't have a comb-over and a little mustache, is the one who brought young Johann Schmidt into his fold.

The Red Skull is an interesting character. He could be seen as American propaganda, a character created to be an allusion to the evil of Nazi Germany. Usually villains, even the worst of the worst, have a moment of human moral struggle, but not the Red Skull, accentuating the comparisons between Nazi Germany and evil.

He is also the classic archetype of evil to go up against the classic archetype of good, Captain America. These two may be more extreme archetypes of good and evil than Superman and Lex Luthor!

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