CAPTAIN AMERICA - THE FANTASTIC ORIGIN OF THE RED SKULL (1966)
Arthur Pierce, Paul Soles, Ways to impress the ladies, A villainous Nazi plot, A hotel
Written by: Erm… someone…
Directed by: Erm… someone else
Captain America – “He didn’t go down.”
WHAT IS IT? It’s an episode of the 1966 cartoon Captain America, (sigh, here we go again) which just like The Mighty Thor, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk was taken from the (sort of anthology show) The Marvel Superheroes.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA: Captain America was one of five cartoons that appeared on a rotational basis (ie a different cartoon appearing each weekday) under the umbrella series The Marvel Superheroes. Like all of the other toons in the show the Cap cartoon wasn’t terrible, in fact nowadays it has a sort of cool retro value, but sadly the stories and animation was pretty shoddy and quite frankly should have been better. In this particular episode, Captain America learns about the life changing incident that led to his enemy the Red Skull becoming a crazed criminal!
WHAT’S THE STORY?
In the Animated Budget Marvel Universe, Captain America and his loyal sidekick/human target Bucky Barnes are doing what they do best, beating Nazis and looking all macho! They claim that they are doing this in order to fight the good fight during World War II, however the real reason that they are beating up Nazis is to impress the ladies. What they don’t count on is coming face-to-face (-skull) with the vile and villainous Red Skull; master of evil! Normally this wouldn’t bother them, however on this occasion the Skull is feeling rather talkative and decides to tell of his youth working as a bellboy in a hotel. Yes... a bellboy.
Here comes the flashback
Years ago, whilst working in a hotel, the Red Skull bumped into a powerful Nazi who could see a burning rage deep within him; a rage that had been building for years thanks to being forced to carry heavy bags up and down the hotel stairs every time the bloody elevator stopped working! The Nazi told the Red Skull that in order to gain respect from his colleagues he needed to dress like a dictator and crush them between the manly heels of his boots. Having spent years lifting luggage for those who couldn’t be arsed to lift it themselves the Red Skull instantly thought this was a good idea and became a ruthless terrorist.
End of flashback
After hearing this story Cap is left speechless at such rot and so with his mind elsewhere the Skull stuns him into submission and puts him under a spell to do his bidding. Being a crazed tyrannical despot the Skull’s first order of business for Captain America – kill all the staff at the Welcome Inn Hotel, Berlin!
So Cap heads off on his mission, however something isn’t quite right and despite the fact he’s under a strong form of hypnosis, Cap knows that the Skull’s plan is truly evil. So using all his hidden strength Cap breaks free of the spell and confronts the Skull, telling him that killing his former colleagues is wrong. However the Red Skull isn’t convinced, so Cap tells him not to worry, because he has a new plan that doesn’t involve killing!
Two days later
Cap and the Red Skull check into the Welcome Inn Hotel, Berlin, and proceed to flood the bathroom of the penthouse suite.
TRUTH, JUSTICE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA’S WAY: *Captain America has gone on record to state that he hates Nazis as much as he hates peeing into the wind and crazy golf. Apparently that’s a lot.
*Although he’s tried to kill his colleague’s on numerous occasions, the Red Skull still gets good discounts for weekend breaks for friends and family at the Welcome Inn Hotel, Berlin.
*Bucky and Cap are no longer on speaking terms due to Bucky not being invited to Cap and Skull’s weekend away at the hotel.