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Captain America

Villains and Enemies

Captain America Villains and Enemies

Captain America

Captain America punching out his first, and his most iconic foe, Adolf Hitler himself!

Captain America- (Steve Rogers) --1st appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (1941). 1st Silver Age appearance: Avengers #4 (1964)

Captain America is an iconic hero for the the ages. And, as with many heroes in the comic world, he is often defined by the villains he faces and battles as much as by his own character. In the case of Captain America, who is also known as the First Avenger, and as the Sentinel of Liberty, his character often defines the types of villains he deals with.

As a living emblem of American pride, the American sense of justice and a true believer in American freedom and liberty, Captain America often, and naturally, finds his duty as defeating the enemies of justice, freedom, and liberty. Hence, Captain America's personal Rogues Gallery is chock full of fascists, tyrants, would-be dictators and genocides. Perhaps unusual for the world of comic superheroes, Captain America's greatest foe is a real-life villain, the tyrant of Germany, Adolf Hitler. When Timely Comics published its first issue of Captain America Comics, the cover featured the Star-Spangled Avenger punching out Adolf Hitler himself. And this was BEFORE America entered World War Two!

Here is a Rogues Gallery of Captain America's Greatest Villians and Foes:
Adolf Hitler: The leader of the world's worst tyranny, Hitler was Captain America's first target. Hitler (in the comics), commanded the allegiance of several Supervillians who became life-long enemies of Captain America. 1st Appearance,(Timely/Marvel), Captain America Comics #1 (1941)

Red Skull (Johann Shmidt): Leader of HYDRA, the Red Skull was a German villain working for Hitler in World War Two. After the war, the Red Skull continued his villainy and is counted as Captain America's worst enemy. NOTE: the Red Skull's power is greatly amplified when he has possessiono of the Cosmic Cube. 1st Appearance,Captain America Comics #7 (1941)

Baron Zemo I (Heinrich Zemo): German war criminal from World War Two, Baron Zemo founded the Masters of Evil after the war and Zemo and his Masters of Evil became major foes of Captain America and his new team, the Avengers. 1st Appearance, Avengers #4, Vol.1 (1964)

Baron Zemo II (Helmut Zemo): Son of Baron Heinrich Zemo, Helmut Zemo formed his own versions the Masters of Evil in order to exact revenge on Captain America and the Avengers, whom he blamed for his father's death. Helmut Zemo also, like his father, had pretensions of glory and sought world domination. 1st Appearance, Captain America #168 (1973)

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker - German war criminal from World War Two, Baron von Strucker took over leadership of HYDRA and continued as a major foe of Captain America in the modern age. Also known as the Supreme Hydra. 1st Appearance, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #5 (1964)

HYDRA: Terrorist organization that seeks world domination. HYDRA has origins in World War Two Germany and has a Fascistic philosophy. Leaders have included the Red Skull, and Baron Von Strucker. 1st Appearance, Strange Tales #135 (Aug 1965)

Family of Captain America

Joseph Rogers --Father; deceased

Sarah Rogers --Mother; deceased

Sharon Carter --Off and on again lover, secret agent for S.H.I.E.L.D.


Associates, Colleagues, & Opponents

Friends & Allies


Human Torch I

Namor, The Sub-Mariner

The Invaders

The Avengers

The Fantastic Four

Iron Man


Nick Fury


Barons Zemo I & II

The Red Skull



Links and Resources on Captain America

Captain America Costumes - Offers costumes based on the comics and movies.

The Star-Spangled Site--Information resource for those who want to know more about one of Marvel Comics' earliest super-heroes.

Captain America--Marvel's site for the upcoming movie

Thor and Captain America Superbowl Ads Disappoint-- posted Feb. 6, 2011

O Captain! Our Captain!: Stan Lee and Marvel Comics’s Joe Quesada contemplate Captain America's surprising death.--By Samantha Henig, Newsweek, Updated: 7:03 a.m. PT March 9, 2007

Marvel Directory: Captain America--A directory of Marvel Universe heroes.

Captain America-Wikipedia article.

Michael Medved on Captain America on National Review Online--critical article by a nationally syndicated columnist.

Continuity Pages: Captain America :A study of Captain America, published by Marvel Comics. Written by Julian Darius.

Captain America Webring

Captain America: Superhero of the Military-Industrial Complex--By Nick Turse -political article about how the Pentagon is trying to create a real version of a Captain America-like super soldiers.

Comic Book Milestones-- A celebration of Captain America vol. 1, # 337.

Cool Faux-Vintage ‘Captain America’ Posters-Flavorwire

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