SKULL (DC Comics)
|First appearance||Superman #301 (July 1976)|
|Created by||Gerry Conway (writer)
Curt Swan (artist)
|Type of organization||Organized crime|
Duke of Oil
Fictional team history
The SKULL organization actively recruited discredited geniuses and rogue super-scientists at the behest of Albert Michaels, the first Atomic Skull. Their criminal agenda often brought them into conflict with the terrorist organization known as Kobra. They later expanded their criminal empire to the West Coast. Albert Michaels was one of the sleeper agents of rogue SKULL scientist Alysia Damalis.
SKULL was seemingly inactive until Simon Pons revitalized the group. Pons first appears in Outsiders vol. 1 #6, but does not take an active role until Outsiders vol. 1 Annual #1 in a story entitled "The Skull..., The Serpent... and the Outsiders". In this story, Simon Pons rebuilds SKULL and renews their long-standing feud with Kobra.
The group was suffering from near collapse following Superman's capture of the Atomic Skull. Simon Pons rebuilt the organization as an international crime cartel that sought to forcibly recruit millionaires such as Earl Dukeston, prominent scientists like Helga Jace, and even Kobra himself. Pons blackmails Kobra using a cloned replica of his dead brother Jason Burr, which was genetically engineered by Doctor Chaysten. Pons threatens to kill the clone if Kobra does not work for SKULL. Kobra eventually joins with the Outsiders in order to defeat Pons and later escapes. Simon Pons and Doctor Chaysten were later captured by the Outsiders.
Members of Note
- Atomic Skull - Albert Michaels, the original Atomic Skull couldn't control his metahuman powers without enhancements created by the SKULL organization. With his powers under control, he eventually came to lead the organization.
- Alysia Damalis - Alysia was the rogue scientist and SKULL operative who recruited Albert Michaels.
- Doctor Chaysten - Head researcher and geneticist for SKULL under Simon Pons.
- Earl Dukeston - Also known as the Duke of Oil, a criminal cyborg recruited by Simon Pons. He most recently appeared in Green Arrow as a member of the Society.
- Major Disaster - SKULL operative under Simon Pons.
- Simon Pons - Current leader of SKULL, revitalized the group for a modern era.
Other DCU Criminal Organizations
In other media
- Superman (vol. 1) #301 (July 1976)
- Outsiders Annual (vol. 1) #1 (1986)
- Outrsiders (vol. 1) #25 (November 1987)