Yeah I’m with Jason on this
Master Comics #21_December 1941_Mac Raboy cover art
Introducing World Enemy No. 1, Captain Nazi!
sketchpage headverse update, World War II era:
so originally, I was just gonna do Wraith, but ended adding Neil Sinclair/Subject Zero from Project: Superman and a metahuman each for the Axis Powers.
Wraith: arriving on Earth in response to a mathematical SOS Formula, Wraith quickly found himself at odds with Wonder Woman and the Justice Society over differing ideas on justice and how to best protect humanity, mostly from itself. This culminated in a bloody, drag out brawl between Wraith and Diana in Japanese Airspace, as she did everything in her power to prevent the alien “hero” from slaughtering hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese civilians. While she was distracted, the US military would drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, largely proving Wraith’s point. Once the second bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Diana gave up on Man’s World yet again, and vanished. Wraith returned to his base—The Machine—and waited for her to return.
So obviously a couple big changes here, mostly that Wraith was a. known to the public in 1945 and b. a Wonder Woman villain circa the Golden Age instead of a Superman villain/ally (?) in the modern day. I don’t think I ever actually finished Unchained because every time I try to read it my eyes kinda glaze over. Wraith does emerge in the modern day, now in connection with Neil Sinclair (now William Rudolph’s other grandkid), who instead of getting modified with Kryptonian DNA, gets metagene therapy from Wraith. They develop a sort of parent-child bond, as Wraith does what he can to train Neil and curb their more vicious instincts heightened by their new powers.
of the Axis characters, Legionary is an Italian hero who’s actually at odds with Mussolini’s government and trying to protect civilians from both the Italian and American militaries. He’s Alphonso Giovanni, the Batmen of All Nations member, though in this version he was always a heavy guy bc idk I think more fat superheroes would be cool and I think the shorthand of “Legionary got heavy and lazy/complacent and that gets him murdered” is…not great. He does still eventually get Merc’d by a Black Glove operative, but that’s more to do with his advanced age and he puts up a good fight before he goes.
Ubermensch—known in America and Britain as Captain Nazi—is Albrecht Krieger, a ten year old Hitler Youth who was selected by High Command’s occult division to receive the “blessing” of a shard from the Rock of Eternity, provided by Vandal Savage. Albrecht is a fervent Nazi, well aware of the Final Solution, and generally just a fucking monster. He actually gets progressively worse as the war comes to end and after, thrown through the Bleed in pursuit of Shazam, coming into contact with his new masters, the Eternal Reich of Earth-X.
The last character here…is complicated. While Asami Koizumi is the modern Samurai, there was a Golden Age Samurai: the Demon Lord Oda Nobunaga. Revived in the early days of the war, Oda currently actually travel too far beyond the Japanese Archipelago without risking a return to his deceased state. Being largely uninvolved with the war effort was frustrating for the revived daimyo, who instead focused his efforts on exploring mysticism and Buddhist tenets in an effort to increase his power and gain the capacity to explore the wider world. He came into conflict with Wraith as well, their so-called “War of Demons” being among the most destructive meta human battles in the Pacific Theater. It was Diana’s selfless attempt to join their final fight that allowed Oda to realize the truth of himself: Oda Nobunaga had been dead for centuries, he was merely a revenant with that man’s face. Wind Dragon, the man who had abandoned his past, sealed his himself away. A young history student, Toshio Eto, would discover the Wind Dragon years later and use its power to become the Silver Age Samurai, before his student, a meta human named Asami Koizumi, would succeed him in turn.
Bulletman vs Captain Nazi by Mac Raboy
Some other obscure stuff about heroes that you probably don't know.
Destiny was suppose to have been Nightcrawler's birth mom.
Mystique and Destiny's romance was one of the earliest, if not FIRST same-sex romances in Marvel comics. Editors allowed it, since Mystique turned into a man when she was with her in public, which apparently made it straight enough(?). But it was apparently TOO much when comic book writer Claremont wanted BOTH Mystique and Destiny to be Nightcrawler's biological parents, with the explanation being that Mystique could make Destiny pregnant as a man.
So his dad became a demon thingy instead:P
Mary Marvel once lost her powers... and kept fighting crime!
Mary is one of the original female counterparts to a male superhero, even before Supergirl.
And she was one heck of a hero. Once when she lost her powers, she didn't cry about it. She made a homemade costume she didn't need to say Shazam to get, and then fought crooks with her guts and wit.
The first Teen Titans series was a racial game-changer.
The first Teen Titans series had the very first interracial hug in DC comics. AND DCs first Afro-American female hero.
Yet all we remember it for is the silly stuff like Ding Dong Daddy...
Wasp has an archenemy/super-stalker.
Whirlwind is more of a Wasp enemy than he is an Hank Pym one. He is completely fixated with Jan, even pretended to be her chauffeur for months. Once in a while, he even makes prostitutes dress up in Wasp costumes and then kills them.
And Jan has to kick his ass over and over again as he tries to beat her senseless while mansplaining that she actually loves him, she just doesn't know it yet.
Captain Marvel Junior has a personal enemy.
CMJ is more than just Captain Marvel's sidekick, he once had his own comic nook series AND enemies. His worst foe that he hates personally is Captain Nazi. Not only did the prick cripple his normal body, he also murdered his grandpa when the old man just tried to help him
Freddy finds out that his grandfather died.
"The Power of Shazam!" (1995)
"Whiz Comics" (1941)
THE POWER OF SHAZAM! #19
BY JERRY ORDWAY, GIL KANE, JOE STATON, MIKE MANLEY AND GLENN WITHMORE
When Freddy finds out S.T.A.R. Labs is holding Captain Nazi, he kidnaps him to confront him about crippling him and killing his grandpa. The situation gets out of hand and Freddy ends up needing help from the retired Minute Man.
I know this is part of Freddy’s arc, but it feels a lot like a filler episode. The idea is that revenge is not over justice. Freddy hands over Captain Nazi so that he can be judged by his war crimes. This concept is usually hard to explain in super-hero stories, and to no one surprise, it is one of the most common topics in comics. But does it work in this context? Well, I am not sure what Freddy’s intentions were. He wanted to talk to him, or something else. Because it isn’t clear, I don’t think it has the same effect in the end.
I give this issue a score of 5
The All-New Atom
Volume: 1 #14
The Hunt for Ray Palmer (Part III of IV) - Heavens to Bisty
Writers: Gail Simone
Pencils: Mike Norton
Inks: Trevor Scott
Covers: José Ladrönn
Featuring: Atom (Ryan Choi), Donna Troy, Jason Todd, Monitor Bob, Captain Boomerang, Captain Nazi, Doctor Polaris, Fiddler, Syonide, Ventriloquist & Scarface
Captain Marvel vs. Captain Nazi.
[from Action Comics (1938) #626]
Vintage Comic - Shazam #034
Pencils: Al Weiss
Inks: Al Weiss
Batman: Under The Red Hood - Chapter 10
Captain Nazi shamzam villian
Nutshot the nazis
My latest commission with Allan Goldman, The Invaders battle the Axis Powers (Baron Blood, Red Skull and Captain Nazi amongst others). Nod to Jack Kirby and Syd Shores
I did this in the late 70s. Sold it in the 90s on ebay to someone in France. I notice it is not signed. Maybe I signed it after the scan. Maybe it is hanging in the Louvre.
The Power of Shazam #5-7. July-September, 1995.
By Jerry Ordway, Pete Krause and Mike Manley.
As Mary Marvel starts discovering the nature of her powers, she runs into Madame Libertine, the grand-daughter of Captain Nazi (who is still in suspended animation). She has the power to create riots and this affects Mary.
She is later taken to the Rock of Eternity where the wizard explains to them that they are sharing the power, and they are half as strong when they are Captain Marvel at the same time. Billy doesn’t want her to call herself Captain. So she finally starts using the name “Mary Marvel”.
Their friend, Freddie Freeman makes a real impression on Billy, he is an athlete, he is good at school and he has a lot of popularity with the girls. At the same time, Billy is unlucky, even when he is disguised as Eben Batson (we find out how he becomes a different person in this issue).
Eben Batson deals with Captain Nazi, who is trying to do a heist. When he escapes, he crosses paths with Freddie and his grandpa. In the fight, the grandpa ends up in a coma and Freddie crippled.
The Wizard rejects the Marvels idea of giving him powers to save him. But when Captain Nazi goes to the hospital to kill Freddie (based on his last name sounding jewish), Mary realizes that there is a way of saving him, by sharing their power with him (as the wizard has no more power to give).
They take Freddie to the rock of eternity, where he says the magic words “Captain Marvel” and he becomes Captain Marvel Jr.
I am not sure how tumblr would take Captain Nazi, so I decided not to post pictures of him, at least, not his logo (he is in one cover, apparently someone at DC thought the same). I understand that nazis are the perfect enemies (as they are driven but hate), but it is starting to feel out of place. At least in this century. I know there are still nazis around, but this one is from WWII.
Now, the villain and his family are very racist, this is of course, predictable. Yet handled well. Not sure it fits this comic in particular as I would expect the Marvel Family to be a bit more for kids, but as long as it is clear that they are the villains I suppose it’s ok. It’s just that the Marvels are not very aware of their attacks being based on racial discrimination, so there is no juxtaposition of points of view.
We finally have the three main heroes of the title. We’ll see where the Marvel family goes from here.
I give the arc a score of 8.13