Whether they were heroes in the United States or not, I've put all Russian
characters on this page.
The Amazing Anton Allegro
Russian musician Anton Allegro once approached millionaire Oliver
Queen (Green Arrow), begging him for funding to help promote a sophisticated
synthesizer that he had built. Queen was at a pivotal time in his life, and
he brushed off Allegro. Afterwards, Allegro had the
misfortune of being within close range of one of Green Arrow's sonic arrows,
and he was permanently deafened. Wracked with guilt, Queen paid for all
of Allegro's medical treatment, but the musician had vowed to seek more lethal
reparations. Allegro discovered a centuries-old book of forbidden spells, which
he used to enhance his synthesizer so that the sound of its keyboard now generated
demons. As the Amazing Allegro, he began a series of attacks, beginning
with Queen. Green Arrow alerted the Justice League, and thanks to Zatanna's
magic and Black Canary's sonic cry, the demonic onslaught was crushed and Allegro
was sufficiently disoriented to be captured. (JLofA
Years later, Anton Allegro escaped from a New York asylum and fled to his
Russian homeland. He offered up his synthesizer as a sort of payment, which
the Soviet government greedily claimed. While Allegro was subsequently confined
to a cell, his synthesizer was
given to Pasha Gorki, who used its demonic power to help his brother
(also named Anton, a Russian general) stage a two-pronged revolt against both
the Kremlin and the United States. The Maestro's attack
imprisoned Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash but the Justice
League freed them. It was Anton Allegro who ended this crisis,
smashing his prized synthesizer with the butt of a gun. He was shot
through the heart by Anton Gorki in retaliation. (JLofA
NOTE: Both of these characters are commonly mis-referred
to as the "Mad
Maestro." They never used that name per se, although the
JLA Index #7 identifies Gorki as "The
Both the Blue and Red Trinities were the creations of Dr. Pytor Orloff,
a scientist at the Puleski Institute in Russia, who attempted to confer super-speed
on his laboratory subjects, using steroids, implants, and genetic splicing.
Two of the subjects, Boleslaw
Uminski and Gregor Gregorovich, could reach 700 mph; the third,
a woman known only as Christina, could exceed the sound barrier. Though
all three were fast, they were made abnormally strong, emotionally unstable
and particularly dull-witted due to the nature of the experiments. Taking the
name Blue Trinity, the three speedsters became super-powered
agents of the Soviet Army.
However, Orloff's second experimental group was more successful. Three Soviets
known only as Anatole, Bebeck and Cassiopeia gained the power to exceed
the speed of sound without enduring any debilitating side-effects. Taking the
name Red Trinity, they also became agents
of the soviet Army.
The Trinities clashed in the United States when Red Trinity attempted
to aid the Flash in taking Orloff from Russia to America. His expertise
was needed to save the life of Speed McGee. Blue Trinity followed their comrades
and Flash to New York, where they were
eventually beaten back by Red Trinity and returned to Russia.
Quickly becoming infatuated with American culture, Red Trinity elected to
make the United States their new home. They made their living as
super-powered messengers under the company title "Kapitalist Kourier
Service, Inc." Their Cassiopeia died in the battle against
#108) The whereabouts of the other Kouriers are unknown.
Blue member Christina went on to pursue her own interests, dubbing herself
Lady Flash (among other names) (Flash #50),
then allying herself with Vandal Savage when they were rounded up onto a Hell
Run) She died in the melee surrounding Barry Allen's return. (Flash:
Rebirth #2) The whereabouts of the other Blue Trinity members are
NOTE: Visit the links below for more in-depth info on these speedsters.
This character only appeared a handful of times in the original Warlord
He was also one of four characters to be immortalized in action figures by
Remco in the early '80s.
Mikola was a Russian professor who was born half man and half werewolf. He
escaped to the world of Skartaris, in which the Warlord lived, because it was
a world of eternal sunlight. There he hoped to be free of his lycanthropy.
FIRST APPEARANCE: Warlord #47 (July
The People's Heroes
Created by Mike W. Barr
Adapted from the Who's Who entry
the American super-agents known as the Force of July were captured by Communist
agents, they were subjected to a thorough examination and scientific analysis.
Soviet scientists used this data to create a cadre of Soviet super-agents popularly
called The People's Heroes:
Bolshoi (Pavel Gorov) is tremendously quick and agile, as well
as a formidable martial artist.
Hammer (Boris Ulyanov) possesses strength, endurance and recovery
powers of a superhuman level. Hammer is the co-leader of the Heroes, with
Sickle (Tasha), who is an Olympic-level athlete and is an excellent
combatant, armed or unarmed.
Molotov (Kirill Yakerim) can not only formulate explosives of tremendous
destructive potential, but can also detonate his own person.
Pravda possesses psionic powers, and can read minds, sense thoughts
and ferret out what each person most fears.
In the former Soviet regime, the People's Heroes were assigned to the Soviet
secret service, under the personal command of Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. They
battled the Outsiders twice to stalemate.
After this failure, the Heroes were keen to prove themselves. In the meantime,
they had been eclipsed by the Rocket Red Brigade. When
the Suicide Squad kidnapped activist Zoya Trigorin, the team clashed with the
Americans. They were crushed, however, and Pravda was left for dead by the
Enchantress. (Suicide Squad #7)
Not long after this, the Suicide Squad's leader Amanda Waller sent a team
back to Russia on a tip that their fallen comrade, Rick Flag, was alive. The
tip turned out to be false, and the Squad found a man named Zastrow waiting
for them at a prison in Gurjikev. Zastrow's defenders included the People's
heroes — Pravda, Bolshoi and Molotov — plus Stalnoivolk (a
Russian "super-man" dating back to World War II).
Molotov and Bolshoi were critically injured in this confrontation, but their
final fate is unknown. (Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #1)
Whatever their original allegiance, the group apparently fell under the sway
of the rivals of Mikhail Gorbechev. This faction in the Soviet government sent
Hammer and Sickle to New York to execute their comrade, Red Star (who
was loyal to Gorbechev). They were stopped by the Teen
Titans, but not before they tarnished Red Star's reputation (which would
prevent him from returning to Russia). Hammer and Sickle were captured; their
current status and whereabouts are unknown. (New Teen Titans
Molotov and Bolshoi went on to serve with the Red
Shadows, another covert Soviet group. (Suicide Squad
#41-42) Hammer and Sickle resurfaced several years later as part of
a Society off-shoot in Gotham City's east end. (Catwoman
NOTE: Notice the "Boris and Natasha" reference
in Hammer and Sickle's real names.
FIRST APPEARANCE: Outsiders, v.1
#10 (August 1986)
New Teen Titans v.2 #48-49
Suicide Squad v.1
Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #1
Created by William Messner-Loebs and Greg La Rocque
First appearance:Flash v.2 #51 (June 1991)
During World War Two, the Soviet Union was desperate to provide symbolic heroes
of the state to counter the Master Race being touted by Nazi Germany. To that
end, they created enhanced superhumans like Stalnoivolk.
Another volunteer for the program was Boris Mikhail Dhomov, a fourteen-year-old
soldier who gained a body-builder's physique and became "a super-worker,
able to leap vast rivers or topple huge buildings." Garbed in a dark blue
costume with red and white highlights (including the requisite hammer and sickle),
Dhomov became Proletariat.
With his aging arrested by his transformation, he was "still useful as
(the Soviet's) 'advisor' to the North Vietnamese."
Later still, he helped train a new generation of Russian metahumans, including Red and Blue
super speedsters). But after the collapse of communism he went on a rampage
and was defeated by Red Trinity (now Kapitalist Kouriers) and the Flash. He
remains at large.
"But it became difficult to explain to him the need of Comrade Gorbachev's
reforms. He was restrained" but fled to the United States, intent
on "trying to start a diplomatic incident."
Travelling to Keystone City, where Red Trinity had set up shop as Kapitalist
Kouriers, Proletariat attached a bomb of Khundian origin (discovered after
alien Invasion!) to the city's power generator. While the Kouriers
and Dhomov's brother, Andrei (now a Russian ambassador) distracted Proletariat,
the Flash and Lady Flash (a short-lived persona of Christina Alexandrova) rushed
the explosive to the river, where it detonated safely. Having held off his
adversaries, Proletariat escaped and is, presumably, still at large. (Flash
The Red Shadows
The Red Shadows were a covert military group under the former Soviet Union.
They were briefly mentioned before their earliest recorded appearance. (Suicide
Squad #37) They
supported the Soviet-backed government of Vlatava against rebels led by Count
Vertigo. After the failure of this mission, the entire team was replaced just
before the Dragon's Hoard affair. (Suicide
Squad #40-43) Molotov and Bolshoi were also members
of another Soviet group, the People's Heroes. Stalnoivolk went
on to serve in the Suicide Squad itself. (SS #53-57) The
current status of all these operatives is unknown. NOTE: Though Blue
Trinity worked with the Red Shadows, they were said to have been co-opted into
the group. The group was organized/mentioned in Suicide Squad #37 but
they first formed in #41.
Schreck, the vampiric member of the Red Shadows, also joined another group
of mercenaries who were assembled to kill Deadshot. He was decapitated by Deadshot,
but may be "undead." (Deadshot v.2 #5)
FIRST APPEARANCE: Suicide
Squad v.1 #40
FEATURED APPEARANCES: Suicide
Squad v.1 #41-43, 53-57
Concerned about the large number of super-heroes in the United States, the
Russian government commissioned geneticist Doctor Kreshikov to create some
for them. Although they had Red Star, the Red Trinity, Prozhar and the People's
Heroes, they felt a need for more of a force. Under General Treznof, the Rocket
Red lab was built in Siberia, and army volunteers underwent forced evolution
experiments. However, all the subjects died, and the plan was unsuccessful,
until the Green Lantern called Kilowog came to Russia, and volunteered his
green power and genetics skill. The first superhuman Rocket Red was Josef
Denisovich, whose enhanced physique was amplified by the rocket-propelled
costume and weapons arsenal Kilowog helped design and build. With the process
in place, other volunteers were processed, creating the Rocket Red Brigade.
Eventually, the rest of the GL Corps came to investigate Kilowog's activities.
They were attacked by the Brigade and in the battle, Rocket Red #1 died. Not
long after, the Justice League was involved in a dispute with aliens on Russian
soil, and they too were attacked by the Brigade, until Soviet authorities ordered
them to work together. Later, the Justice Leauge was granted United Nations
sanctioning as an international peace-force, and one of the Brigade, Rocket
#7 (Vladimir Mikoyan) was granted JLA membership. (J.L.
International #7) He was soon unmasked as a Manhunter android (#9) and
was immediately replaced by Dimitri
Pushkin, the first Russian to join the Justice League (#11).
Dimitri was handpicked by Mikhail Gorbachev for the position. His armor was
destroyed on a mission in space with the League and he was given upgraded armor
on Apokolips (#20). Dimitri moved to the European branch
of the JLI to be closer to his family, and stayed with the team nearly until
its dissolution. (Justice League Europe #36)
Sonar took over the Rocket Red Brigade (JLE #45-50) controlling
Dimitri and causing him to attack the London Embassy. After being freed of
Sonar's control, he decided to stay on with the Brigade.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, the Reds were decommissioned. Some of
their armor fell into the hands of the Russian mob and was infected with a
virus by the Construct (Chase #3). Former Rocket Red
battle suits were also used by Vandal Savage as missiles to destroy Montevideo,
Uruguay. (DC One Million #1)
In response to the perception of the threat of American metahuman terror,
many of Earth's nations decided to invest in their own metahuman security.
At some point, Russia reactivated the Rocket Red program and Dimitri Pushkin
donned the armor once again. (OMAC Project #1) Sadly,
Dmitri became one of the early casualties in the growing cosmic crisis wrought
by Alexander Luthor. He died in Moscow battling one of the OMAC drones created
by the A.I., Brother Eye. The OMACs had fought Dmitri's former JLA comrades
to a stand-still, so he chose to sacrifice himself to stop three of the drones. (#4-5)
Russian officials use the Reds not only for defense, but in a proactive campaign
to acquire advanced technology. When the Brother Eye satellite crashed to Earth,
the Reds were sent in to attempt its retrieval (but were beat out by Checkmate). (OMAC
Project: Infinite Crisis Special)
At first, this revived Brigade was friendly to foreign metahumans. When the
Green Lanterns pursued Evil Star into Chinese, the Reds were sent to escort
the Lanterns safely into Russian airspace. (52 #6) A
mere year later, Russian had joined Black Adam's multinational coalition in
supporting the Freedom of Power Treaty. This Treaty criminalized American metahumans'
activities in the participating countries. (Green Lantern
FIRST APPEARANCE: Green
Lantern Corps #208
One Million #2-4
Green Lantern Corps #??
Leauge Europe #16
Skull & Bones
Skull and Bones was Andrian Trofimovich, who was part of a covert
Russian battalion in Afghanistan that wore skeleton outfits as uniforms. Horrified
by the violence, Andrian fled and allied himself with CIA agents. He finally
quit the war and returned to Russia, where he dug out his Skull and Bones costume
to stop the man who had created his battalion and who now planned to
unleash a deadly virus.
& Bones was a creator-owned project by Ed Hannigan.
& Bones, 3-issue limited series (1992)
adapted from Who's Who Update '88 #3
Soyuz was a team of Russian metahuman teens who came together when one of
their number, Serafina Arkadin, was prompted to rescue her uncle Mikhail (Firestorm
II). They took the name Soyuz—which means "alliance" in
Russian—but did not adopt costumes immediately.
Serafina dubbed the memberse herself, choosing names from Russian mythology…
Serafina Arkadina herself was the de facto leader and chose the
name Firebird. She is a telepath with considerable skill. She can
read minds, communicate mentally, and implant post-hypnotic suggestions and
memory blocks. She has demonstrated total recall
memory and minor telekinetic powers.
Perun (Ilya Trepilov) was named after the Russian
thunder god. Perun possessed electrical powers, sensing the energy from within
300 yards of himself. Within that distance he can manipulate and discharge
it. He does not, however, generate electricity himself.
Rusalka (Mashenka Medviedenko) was the water
nymph of myth. Mashenka can control water or vapor in quantities up to her
own body weight. She can draw upon the water in her own body at the risk
of dehydrating herself and dehydrate other people. It is more difficult for
her to manipulate frozen water than liquid or gas.
Morozko (Igor Medviedenko) is Rusalka's brother. Named for an
ice demon, Ivor can create bitter cold by drawing its heat into himself.
He must eventually release this heat, which he can direct.
The youngest member was Vikhor (the "demon whirlwind," Feodor
Piotrovich Sorin). Trained as a figure skater,
Sorin can spin and reduce his supply of gravitons, the subatomic
particles that carry the force of gravity. Thus he creates a whirlwind about
himself and floats within it. The whirlwind enables Vikhor to fly.
He can also transport a person or object of mass equally or lesser mass than
The members of Soyuz first worked together to rescue Ilya Trepilov, under
circumstances that have yet to be revealed. They adopted their costumed identities
after rescuing Serafina's uncle's family from the K.G.B. (the Soviet
Secret police). (Firestorm #70-73)
Firebird declared that Soyuz would never harm Russian interests but would
instead fight against those people, including those in high places, who sought
to misuse their power in order to harm innocent people.
At the group's formation, Firebird was 15 years old, Perun 17, Rusalka 16
and Morozko 18.
Soyuz has not been seen since Arkadin's involvement with Firestorm ended (nor
since the break-up of the Soviet Union).
FIRST APPEARANCE: Serafina:Firestorm v.2
#69 (March 1988). Team:Firestorm #70 (April
1988; costumed in #72).
FEATURED APPEARANCES: Firestorm v.2
#70–73, 81, 83–84
Stalnoivolk, the Steel
Real Name: (Ivan Illyich Gort)
First appearance:Firestorm #67 (January
1988; mentioned in #66)
Ivan Illyich Gort was created in Russian under the reign of Josef Stalin.
Gort was a mere peasant transformed by an experimental process duing World
War II. He was endowed with great strength, invulnerability, and longevity.
Stalin then destroyed the formula and killed the scientists. After the war,
the "Steel Wolf" was an instrument of Stalin's purges, but after
the leader died, his legacy fell from favor and Stalnoivolk was exiled to Siberia.
Decades later, he was reactivated by the Soviet government to deal with the
threat of metahumans on Russian soil. Looking no older than 40, he returned
to duty, following the orders of the man named Zastrow. (Firestorm
... (Doom Patrol/Suicide Squad)
Their mission was to find Firestorm, beginning with Ronald Raymond (the hero's
alter ego). As it happened, Ronnie's grandfather was the wartime hero called
Captain X (Richard Dare). Dare caught wind of Stalnoivolk's mission and rushed
to warn his family. Stalnoivolk attacked the Raymonds demanding that Ron produce
Firestorm. Gort got his wish and in the struggle, he also killed Richard Dare.
encased Stalnoivolk himin concrete, but Zastrow invoked diplomatic immunity
and they took their leave. (#71)
Back in Russia, Zastrow and Stalnoivolk were stunned to run into Firestorm
Gort was last seen fighting the Khmer Rouge and the vampiric Schrek in Vietnam. (Suicide
FEATURED APPEARANCES: Firestorm
the Nuclear Man #67-73 • Suicide Squad #53-57