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The Best Red Skull Storylines in Comics

Updated August 20, 2019 143 votes 30 voters 1.8k views20 items

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Here are the best storylines to feature the Red Skull. When it comes to villains, you don't have to look much further than the Red Skull! This was a guy who was proud to work for Hitler under the 3rd Reich, and he offered up a supervillain for Captain America to fight throughout the Second World War. He's evil, and for some reason, he's not going anywhere! The Red Skull has been featured in Marvel Comics for nearly 80 years, and when a character has been around for that long, they're bound to turn up in more than a few stories every so often.

Because he's been around for decades, there are tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about the Red Skull, it can be hard to determine which is the best of the Skull's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20.

Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorite, vote it up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Red Skull story ever told!

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    The Life And Times Of The Red Skull!

    Story Found In: Captain America #298

    In the leadup to his shocking tri-centennial issue, Captain America finds out the shocking tale of the man behind the mask in "The Life And Times Of The Red Skull!" This book tells the definitive origin of the Red Skull in a way it had never been told before!

    Details of his early life and childhood are revealed in this incredible story, which also features a Captain America, who has aged into an old man thanks to the Skull's master plan... but what does the Red Skull have planned for the Sentinel of Liberty, and how will things turn out now that his origin has been revealed?

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      Story Found In: Captain America: Reborn #1-6

      Captain America may have died at the end of the first Civil War, but that doesn't mean the man who represents liberty is going to stay dead. Like all comic book characters who reach the end of their days, Cap is coming back, but it won't be easy, and you know the Red Skull is going to be involved somehow.

      Captain America: Reborn tells of how Cap became stuck in time, and how he was later unstuck and brought back to the present. The Red Skull is definitely involved, and while this isn't specifically his story, it couldn't be told without Cap's greatest, and oldest enemy.

      • Publisher: Marvel Comics
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      Red Skull

      Story Found In: Uncanny Avengers #18-23

      When the Red Skull strikes at the Unity Squad, it couldn't have come at a worse time. Having just fought Ultron and the Hand, the team was nearly destroyed, and when the Skull comes calling, he lays a trap that turns Avengers Mansion into a horrific nightmare.

      The Skull has cooked up the terrorizing nightmares each member of the Avengers fears the most, and it will take the whole team to win out in the end. Will Rogue, Deadpool, or any of the others find a way out, or will the Red Skull utterly destroy them in the end?

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        The Sign Of The Skull!

        Story Found In: Super-Villain Team-Up #10

        In this classic tale, which was also the first to feature the Red Skull as one of the title villains, Captain America finds himself digging deep into the secret past of his longtime nemesis while a usurper sits upon the Latverian Throne.

        With someone pretending to be Victor Von Doom, it may be up to the likes of Captain America and his allies, the Avengers, to dethrone the would-be despotic dictator! This is a classic tale for both Cap and the Red Skull, and it establishes several characteristics for both, which will remain for years to come.

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