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Art by Steve Epting.
|First appearance||Captain America (v5) #1 (2004)|
|Created by||Ed Brubaker
|Alter ego||Aleksander Lukin|
|Team affiliations||Kronas Corporation
|Notable aliases||Red Skull|
|Abilities||Strategic genius, political mastermind|
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Fictional character biography
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. 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.
In the ensuing decades, Lukin became an important figure in the Soviet military and the KGB, rising to the rank of general. 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. 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 the Winter Soldier for anything less than the reality-altering Cosmic Cube (which the Skull was not in possession of, and would not give up in any case).
Five years after that meeting, the Skull finally recovers the Cube, only to be assassinated by the Winter Soldier on Lukin's orders. However, before he dies, the Skull used the Cube to transfer his mind into Lukin's body, leaving the two men stuck together "like rats in a cage."
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. The Winter Soldier destroys the Cube and regains the memory of his former life as Bucky. Since then, Lukin and the Skull have worked uneasily together against their common foe, Captain America, even as the Skull wages a campaign for control of Lukin's body (Lukin vows to kill himself before allowing that to happen).
Upon the discovery of Lukin's connection with the Skull by the Winter Soldier, the Skull and Lukin fake his death, and continue to operate from the shadows. 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 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.
In other media
- Aleksander Lukin is mentioned in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Widow's Bite." Madame Hydra mentions that Aleksander Lukin has pledged his allegiance to HYDRA.
- In the 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the character of Alexander Goodwin Pierce portrayed by Robert Redford incorates aspects of Lukin.
- Aleksander Lukin's Kronas Corporation is featured in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. It serves as the hideout for the Vulture where he constructed armor for Kingpin's forces.
- Lukin's Kronas Corporation (along with its subsidiary Roxxon) appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
- Captain America vol. 5 #1
- Captain America vol. 5 #5
- Captain America vol. 5 #6
- Captain America vol. 5 #9
- Captain America vol. 5 #12-15
- Captain America vol. 5 #18
- Captain America vol. 5 #25
- Captain America vol. 5 #42
- Akelsander Lukin at Marvel Wiki