Captain America, Doug Murray, fascism, Garth Ennis, George Evans, Greg Pak, Harvey Kurtzman, J.M. De Matteis, Jack Kirby, Joe Casey, Joe Kubert, Joe Sacco, Kieron Dwyer, Legion of Superheroes, Mark Gruenwald, Michael Ellis, Michael Golden, Mirko Colak, Nazis, Nick Dragotta, Paul Neary, Red Skull, Red Skull Incarnate, Robert Kanigher, Sal Buscema, Sgt. Rock, Steve Englehart, superhero comics, The Avengers, The Nam, The X-Tinction Agenda, Two Fisted Tales, Vengeance, Wally Wood
I was confronted by two Red Skulls the other day while I was browsing the Comixology digital storefront (looking for a good bedtime read). The covers from Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta’s Vengeance and Greg Pak and Mirko Colak’s Red Skull: Incarnate miniseries stared at me from the row of comics in my collection.
The Red Skull has been dead in Marvel for a long time now. Sure, he’s been resurrected a couple of times since then – in the bodies of a clone of Steve Rogers (the original Captain America), a Russian post-cold war billionaire, and a clone with a piece of Charles Xavier’s brain – but it just doesn’t feel the same.
These were diluted Skulls. The images staring at me from the screen were the real thing.