Justice, Blackhawk Style


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Skell The Ruthless was one of the more notable villains to encounter Blackhawk.

Not only was “ruthless” part of his name, but the character was cunning enough to conceal his history as a Nazi war criminal and adopt the guise of a civic-minded German national eager to atone for his country’s sins.

If a few innocent peasants happened to be murdered along the way, well … even an evil geniuses can’t make an omelet without slaughtering an egg or two.

Too bad Skell ran afoul of a certain leather-clad aviator. While a modern “Big Two” super-hero – even the so-called edgy ones – would probably decide the character wasn’t worth killing and hand the Nazi over to the authorities, Blackhawk was never afraid of taking the law into his own hands.

In fact, the hero was so eager to take down this particular¬†villain du jour that … well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.

“Skell The Ruthless” originally appeared in Military Comics #26 (Quality, February 1944). The art is by John Cassone and Alex Kotzky.

Unfortunately, just about every Golden Age Blackhawk story is marred by the undeniably offensive characterization of Chop-Chop. However, I strongly believe it’s better to confront these instances of institutionalized racism openly rather than cover-up the more shameful aspects of our past.

I do apologize if anyone is angered by certain images in the following story.

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