Flag Smasher (01 - Karl Morgenthau)
Real Name: Karl Morgenthau
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The Flag-Smasher is an athletic man who is a gifted hand-to-hand combatant with great proficiency in the martial art of shotokan karate-do. He is also a brilliant terrorist strategist, and has fluency in English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Esperanto.
ULTIMATUM personnel have supplied him with a number of weapons and other devices, including a flame-throwing pistol, a tear-gas gun, a spiked mace, jet-propelled skis used for flight, teleportation devices, submarines, and rocket-propelled hovercrafts.
Flag-Smasher was born in Bern, Switzerland, the son of a wealthy Swiss banker-turned-diplomat. He wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a diplomat until his father was trampled to death in a riot at a Latverian embassy. He came to believe that humanity needed to do away with the concept of countries and nationalism that made people feel superior to those of different nationalites.
Today, Flag-Smasher uses terrorism to spread anti-nationalist sentiment. He conducted a one-man terrorist campaign in New York City against nationalist symbols, and held hundreds as hostages until he was eventually captured by Captain America.
He founded ULTIMATUM, the Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army To Unite Mankind. He served as the Supreme Commander of the anti-nationalistic terrorist organization. With ULTIMATUM, he hijacked an American airliner and held its passengers hostage. He demanded the surrender of Captain America for execution in return for the hostages' freedom. His plot was thwarted by Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Flag-Smasher later learned that the Red Skull was funding ULTIMATUM. He survived assasination attempts by ULTIMATUM, and captured the current Captain America, John Walker. Flag-Smasher teamed with Captain America, Battle Star, and Demolition-Man in thwarting an ULTIMATUM plot to set off a worldwide electromagnetic pulse that would render all electrically operated machinery useless.
Flag-Smasher again became head of ULTIMATUM, and attempted to supply American subersives with arms, but was thwarted by Moon Knight and the Punisher. He made a new attempt to create anarchy in the United States through distribution of arms to malcontents, but was thwarted this time by the Punsiher and Ghost Rider.
Flag-Smasher later captured an amnesiac Demolition-Man, but during a battle with USAgent he fell into the Arctic Ocean.
Roxxon Oil turned him into a berserker with super-strength, but he later lost these powers.
Flag-Smasher was installed as the ruler of Rumekistan by the V-Battalion as a compromise between powers. It is later revealed that Flag-Smasher was allegedly assassinated by Domino as part of a series of events which installed Cable as leader of that nation.
First Appearance: Captain America (1968) #312
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#4 Cable & Deadpool (2004)
- 'Damon Dran to Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway'
#28 Captain America (1968)
- 'The Domino Principle, Part I: For King and Country'
Captain America (1998)
Captain America (2005)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting (2002)
#2 Ghost Rider (1990)
- 'The Good of the Many'
#5 Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989)
- 'Getting Paid!'#6
- 'Do or Die!'
#8 Marvel Team-Up (1997)
- 'Devils In the House'#9
- 'Called to Heaven'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 04 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'
#4 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Doctor Strange to Galactus'
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
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