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Captain Nazi(pop culture)
The embodiment of evils both imaginary and real, “master race” menace Captain Nazi premiered, appropriately, in Fawcett's Master Comics #21 (bearing the cryptic cover date of December 1941), in a tale by William Woolfolk and Mac Raboy. The scarfaced Aryan underneath the Swastika-emblazoned green uniform is Albrecht Krieger, son of a German scientist whose astounding “Miracle Food” energizes Albrecht into a superpowered (strength, speed, and endurance) emissary of Adolf Hitler. Captain Nazi is sent to the United States to blitzkrieg Captain Marvel. He next appears mere weeks later in Whiz Comics #25, savagely crippling newsboy Freddy Freeman— and inadvertently creating his greatest enemy. Captain Marvel sacrifices a fraction of his astonishing abilities to save Freeman, the boy in turn becoming Captain Marvel, Jr., who would, for the duration of World War II, frequently battled Captain Nazi, their last Fawcett clash occurring in 1944. Captain Nazi was slow to return after the 1973 revival of Captain Marvel and family in the pages of DC Comics' Shazam! series; 1978's issue #34 resurrected the villain, and he was seldom used again until a 1994 Captain Marvel reboot. Captain Nazi was incorporated into contemporary DC continuity by writer Jerry Ordway and artist Peter Krause in The Power of Shazam! #6 (1995), in which, as in the Golden Age (1938–1954), his rampage resulted in the creation of Captain Marvel, Jr. Captain Nazi sightings in the twenty-first century have been rare, although he has attempted to resurrect Hitler and has encountered the Joker and the Birds of Prey. Whereas many supervillains' motivations are ambiguous, Captain Nazi is undeniably a force for evil, and his unholy alliance with Lex Luthor's Society in 2005's Villains United miniseries proves that he will ally with others to keep the Führer's spirit alive.
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