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Red Skull (Johann Shmidt)

Appearing in "An Ear for Music"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #7
(originally printed as The Red Skull)

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Synopsis for "An Ear for Music"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #7
(originally printed as The Red Skull)

The Red Skull has returned and his first order of business is to eliminate his minions who failed on their previous mission. The Skull decides to take up using Chopin's "Funeral March" as a signature for his murders. When the story hits the press, Steve Rogers and James Barnes wonder who would be responsible for the killings as they believe that the Red Skull is dead.

Returning to Camp Lehigh, they are late for dress rehearsals for a camp run play about the 1890's. Getting into costume with Betty Ross, Steve and Bucky are shocked to see when the conductor -- Captain Craig -- suddenly drops dead while the Funeral March is playing. Sneaking away Steve and James change into Captain America and Bucky. Investigating the murder scene they find that Craig's baton had been poisoned. When someone up in the scaffold attempts to kill them with a sandbag, Captain America and Bucky race up and attack who they think is responsible. It turns out to be a stagehand who convinces them that their attacker had fled. As Captain America and Bucky runs off, the stagehand removes a mask revealing him to be none other than the Red Skull, who has tricked the heroes into following a dead lead.

The Red Skull then gathers his new gang and target General King, their attempt to capture King is brought to the attention to those rehearsing when they hear Chopin's March again. Changing once more into Captain America and Bucky, the two heroes manage to capture the Red Skull's gang, but the Red Skull manages to escape with King as his hostage. The Skull leaves behind another one of his calling cards: a box containing a small red skull, and a note that implicates Captain America and Bucky as accomplices in the kidnapping.

Before military personnel can capture Cap and Bucky they rush off and catch up with the Red Skull at the docks. During their fight, one of Captain America's punches knocks the Red Skull into the water and he is lost. With King free, he clears Captain America and Bucky's names and they sneak back to base to resume their civilian identities and put on the play.

Appearing in "The Phantom Hound of Cardiff Moor"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #10
(originally printed as Spy Ambush)

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  • Nazis
    • Countess Mara (Only appearance)[1]
    • Countess' henchmen (Only appearance)[1]
      • Franz (Only appearance; dies)[1]
      • Schultz (Only appearance)[1]
      • Klaus (Only appearance)[1]
      • Others unnamed (Only appearance)[1]

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Synopsis for "The Phantom Hound of Cardiff Moor"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #10
(originally printed as Spy Ambush)

Steve Rogers and Bucky have been charged with transporting a secret weapon back to Camp Lehigh. On the way, a woman collapses in the middle of the road forcing them to stop. Steve sends Bucky off to get help, leaving him alone with the woman. This woman is Countess Mara, a Nazi spy who has set up an ambush to capture the secret weapon: a rapid firing grenade launcher. Blasting Steve with a grenade, the female spy and her henchmen capture the weapon and she sends one of her men to eliminate Bucky. Steve has survived the blast and changes into Captain America and goes to Bucky's rescue.

With Bucky saved, the two heroes follow after Countess Mara and her men to a nearby castle. Ramming the gates, they fight off Mara's men and attempt to take back the stolen army truck. The Countess is prepared for this and uses a gas gun to knock the two champions out. They revive shortly after to find their hands bound, and Mara explains her mission orders. To dispose of the two heroes, she has her men toss them in a room that is rigged with flame jets that will burn them alive. She decides to toy with them first, which proves to be her undoing as Captain America and Bucky manage to free themselves by escaping through a ceiling hatch in the room. As they battle, the Nazi spies again, the Countess unleashes her minion named Klaus, a seven foot tall man. Even he proves to be no match for Captain America and is easily beaten into submission.

Furious, the Countess attempts to blow up Captain America with a grenade fired from the stolen weapon. Seeing the attack, Cap deflects the launched grenade with his shield causing an explosion that kills all her men. Surviving the blast, the Countess begs Captain America not to torture and kill her. The Captain explains to her that Americans don't resort to the same tactics as the Nazis and will see her deported back to Germany with a message for Hitler himself: Americans will fight for freedom no matter what.

Appearing in "I Found the Lair of the Lizard Men"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery #64
(originally printed as I Dared to Battle Rorgg, King of the Spider Men!)

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Synopsis for "I Found the Lair of the Lizard Men"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery #64
(originally printed as I Dared to Battle Rorgg, King of the Spider Men!)

Rorgg invades a small New Mexico town and our boy hero kills him dead with a spray can of DDT.

Appearing in "I Was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales of Suspense #33I Was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear!

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  • Mike Matthews

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Synopsis for "I Was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales of Suspense #33I Was Trapped in the Chamber of Fear!

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A man tries to pitch to Stan Lee the story of a blackmailer who becomes trapped within a mystic ruby as an agent of Fate to direct recently departed souls to their destination. Stan rejects the story as too outlandish even for Tales of Suspense and the man leaves the office. Outside, the man mutters to himself that his secret is safe since even if the blackmailer escapes the ruby no one will believe him and then he blinks out of existence.

Appearing in "Germ Warfare"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Strange Tales #90
(originally printed as Orrgo the Unconquerable!)

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  • Orrgo (First appearance)

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  • Jo-Jo

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Synopsis for "Germ Warfare"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Strange Tales #90
(originally printed as Orrgo the Unconquerable!)

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An alien with powers similar to X-Men's Proteus lands at a circus and hypnotizes the humans of the surrounding area while he rests. A ravenous gorilla breaks from his cage, and "sensing" that Orrgo is the cause of his discomfort, kills the alien in his sleep thus ending the threat.

Appearing in "Meet the Fang"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #6
(originally printed as The Camera Fiend and His Darts of Doom)

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Synopsis for "Meet the Fang"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #6
(originally printed as The Camera Fiend and His Darts of Doom)

As the Maritime Commission is waiting for crown jewels to arrive from Britain, the men on duty are targeted and killed by a gang of crooks led by a costumed villain known as the Camera Fiend who uses a camera that fires darts coated with a lethal poison. When Steve Rogers and Bucky arrive on the scene to pick up a message from the office they catch the Camera Fiend in the act of stealing information on the jewels and go into action as Captain America and Bucky. Although the two heroes get the drop on the Camera Fiend and his minions, they flee upon the sound of oncoming police sirens.

The following day at school, Bucky convinces his teacher Lucius Hall to take the children on a field trip to watch as the jewels from England are being offloaded from the boat landing in America the following day. While Steve Rogers is posted as security, Bucky convinces his fellow students (also members of the Sentinels of Liberty) to keep an eye out. When the jewels are being offloaded, the Camera Fiend and his men attack once more. During the attack, Steve and James slip away and change into Captain America and Bucky and prevent the Camera Fiend from stealing the jewels. While his gang is captured, the Camera Fiend manages to slip away. After changing back into their civilian clothing, Bucky gets into a playful challenge with his classmates telling them that he can get pictures of Captain America whenever he wants.

This is overheard by the Camera Fiend who sneaks into Camp Lehigh and replaces Bucky's camera with one that fires poison darts. Later when Steve returns to base, Bucky convinces him to pose for photos. However when Bucky takes a picture, Cap just barely manages to block a poison dart with his shield. Cap decides to play possum in the hopes that the Camera Fiend would come to check on him, however the crook does not fall for the ruse, and he leaves them a mocking note. When Bucky is upset that he was unable to take a picture of Captain America, Cap tells him not to worry because he will accompany him to class in costume.

The next day, Captain America presents himself before the class and when Mr. Hall attempts to take a picture, Captain America attacks him and reveals him to be the Camera Fiend. With the aid of the Sentinels of Liberty and Bucky, Captain America manages to prevent Hall from escaping and capture him. With Hall turned over to the authorities, Captain America thanks the Sentinels for their help.

Notes

  • Some indication that the un-named Editor of Tales of Suspense in Story #4 is Stan Lee.

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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