Silver Age September – The Original Origin of the Red Skull!
After a month of spotlighting the strange (if endearingly strange) history of comic books (and especially the Silver Age), I think it is worthwhile to show the comic books of the Silver Age that are simply great stories period. Here is an archive of all the Silver Age comics features so far!
Greg Pak has been writing a really impressive origin series for the Red Skull and it reminded me of the Skull’s impressive original origin from the pages of Tales of Suspense #66, by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Chic Stone.
Roughly a year after Stan and Jack brought Captain America back to comics, they also decided to bring Captain America’s arch-nemesis, the Red Skull, also back. In 1965′s Tales of Suspense #65, they did a story set during World War II where they retconned some of the early Red Skull stories so that they made a bit more sense.
Then, in the following issue, #66, they gave us the awesome origin of the Red Skull…
Pretty cool stuff, right?
Eventually, the Skull continues his tale…
and on top of the impressive origin, we even have a cool cliffhanger!!!
A really well-told story by Lee, Kirby and Stone, especially in the limited pages they had available to them!