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Friday, February 27, 2015

Who is Baron Heinrich Zemo?


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Who is Baron Zemo?
Baron Zemo is a mantle worn by two villains who both are known for battling Captain America and the Avengers.  This post focuses on the first Zemo the father of the 2nd Helmut Zemo.

First Zemo - First Appearance:  The Avengers #4
2nd Zemo - First Appearance: Captain America #168

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Bio:
Dr. Heinrich Zemo is one of the top scientists in Hitler's Nazi Party.  He is a lousy and abusive father to his son Helmut Zemo.  Despite the abuse, Helmut adores his father.  Eventually, Heinrich abandons his wife and son.  Many years later, Helmut will take up the mantle of his father and become  Baron Helmut Zemo.

Heinrich Zemo gains notoriety for testing a death ray on a town of German civilians resulting in many casualties.  His attempt at framing allied forces for the attack is thwarted by Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos.  Unable, to escape the revulsion of others for his death ray experiment he begins to wear a purple mask.  Dr. Zemo continues to aid the Nazi's in their military research.

Zemo then creates his greatest weapon, Adhesive X an adhesive that can not be dissolved by any known substance.  Once again, his plans on using the weapon were thwarted by the allies, this time by Captain America.  Captain America attacks the supply facility of Adhesive X.  Captain America throws his shield at a giant vat of Adhesive X where the chemical sprays over Zemo's face.  The Adhesive clings between Zemo's face and his hood, permanently attaching it.

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Without ever being able to take off his hood Zemo is forced to eat by having nutrients pumped into his body intravenously.  He is able to see out of the hoods eye holes.  The mask slowly makes Zemo go insane.  He becomes a fervent field agent of Third Reich and leads troops into battle.  His martial skills are considered equal to that of his Hydra rival, The Red Skull.

Baron Zemo leads a desperate plot to turn the tide of WW2 by using an experimental plane.  While the planes mission does not succeed, Zemo does manage to rid himself of Captain America who falls from the plane and freezes in the Artic.

With the war lost and his rival Captain America gone, Zemo goes into hiding.  He enslaves a tribe in South America and lives for a time as a king.  He is enraged when he learns of Captain America's revival.  He immediately sends agents to attack the Avenger who are soundly beaten.  Zemo then creates a team called the Masters of Evil to deal with the first Avenger once and for all.

In one plot to destroy the Avengers Zemo creates Wonder Man and tells him that he will die unless given an antidote by Zemo.  Wonder Man follows Zemo's orders for awhile but eventually sacrifices himself to save the Avengers.

He is killed in an Avalanche when the Avengers invade his jungle fortress.

Many years later, Helmut will take up the mantle of his father and become  Baron Helmut Zemo.

Skills and Powers:
Baron Zemo is very intelligent, and is considered a strategic and tactical genius.
 Expert in hand to hand combat and well skilled with a variety of weapons.

He is an expert marksman and carries a variety of rifles including ones using his infamous chemical Adhesive X.

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