Aleksander Lukin

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Aleksander Lukin
Aleksander Lukin
Art by Steve Epting.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Captain America (v5) #1 (2004)
Created by Ed Brubaker
Steve Epting
In-story information
Team affiliations Kronas Corporation
Roxxon Oil
Notable aliases Red Skull
Abilities Strategic genius, political mastermind

Aleksander Lukin (Russian: Александр Лукин) is a fictional character in Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

He first appeared in Captain America vol. 5 #1, and was created by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Born in the Soviet village of Kronas some time in the late 1930s, Lukin's village is used by the Red Skull as a base of operations during the Second World War.[1] Soviet troops attempt to retake the town, assisted by the Western Allies' superhero team the Invaders (including Captain America and Bucky). Lukin's mother is killed in the course of the battle. The leader of the Soviet forces, Vasily Karpov, takes the orphaned Lukin under his wing.[2]

In the ensuing decades, Lukin became an important figure in the Soviet military and the KGB, rising to the rank of general.[3] When his mentor, Karpov, passes away, Lukin is left in custody of a large cache of special projects developed over the decades, including the Winter Soldier.[3] He sells some of these devices to the highest bidders to raise funds. In one instance, he sells weapons to the Red Skull himself, but refuses to part with Winter Soldier for anything less than the reality-altering Cosmic Cube (which the Red Skull was not in possession of, and would not give up in any case).[4]

Five years after that meeting, the Red Skull finally recovers the Cube, only to be assassinated by Winter Soldier on Lukin's orders. However, before he dies, the Red Skull used the Cube to transfer his mind into Lukin's body, leaving the two men stuck together "like rats in a cage."[5]

Lukin uses the cube to enrich the Kronas Corporation, his legitimate business front. Unfortunately, in a fit of rage, the Cube harms one of Lukin's friends. Lukin has the cube sent away. Winter Soldier destroys the Cube and regains the memory of his former life as Bucky. Since then, Lukin and the Red Skull have worked uneasily together against their common foe, Captain America, even as the Red Skull wages a campaign for control of Lukin's body (Lukin vows to kill himself before allowing that to happen).[6]

Upon the discovery of Lukin's connection with the Red Skull by Winter Soldier, the Red Skull and Lukin fake his death, and continue to operate from the shadows.[7] The pair contrive to abduct Sharon Carter, attaching her to a machine that performed an unknown event, later revealed to be bringing back Captain America from his fixed point of space and time. Carter rebels, however, and destroys the machine. In a last-ditch maneuver, Arnim Zola transfers the Red Skull's consciousness into one of his robots. Lukin is free at last, but only for a few seconds, before being gunned down by Carter.[8]

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  1. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #1
  2. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #5
  3. ^ a b Captain America vol. 5 #6
  4. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #9
  5. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #12-15
  6. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #18
  7. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #25
  8. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #42

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