Sputnik (comics)

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Sputnik
Sputnik - captain america 353.png
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America #352 (Apr 1989)
Created byMark Gruenwald
Kieron Dwyer
In-story information
Alter egoAnatoly (full-name unknown)
SpeciesSynthenoid
Team affiliationsSupreme Soviets
Winter Guard
Notable aliasesVostok
AbilitiesAbility to cast his will into any and all mechanical systems
Flight
Optic beams
Bionic regeneration

Sputnik is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Sputnik first appeared in Captain America #352-353 (April-May 1989), and was created by Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer.

The character subsequently appears as Vostok in Avengers #319-324 (July-October 1990), Incredible Hulk #393 (May 1992), Soviet Super-Soldiers #1 (November 1992), Quasar #54 (January 1994), Iron Man #9-10 (October-November 1998), Maximum Security 33 (January 2001), and Thunderbolts #57 (December 2001).

Sputnik appeared as part of the "Supreme Soviets" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #7.

Sputnik appears as Vostok in X-Men '92.

Fictional character biography[edit]

The synthezoid originally known as Sputnik was a member of the Supreme Soviets. The team had been sent by the Soviet government to capture the Soviet Super-Soldiers, who were attempting to defect to the United States. Sputnik had been disguised by an illusion to appear as the Vision. Eventually, Captain America defeated the Supreme Soviets and freed the badly wounded Soviet Super-Soldiers.[volume & issue needed]

Sputnik later changed his name to Vostok when the team became known as the People's Protectorate.[volume & issue needed] Eventually the team broke up and merged with the Soviet Super-Soldiers to form the Winter Guard.[volume & issue needed]

Vostok accompanies his team mates to Limbo to serve Immortus in return for reviving Darkstar.[1] When his teammates return to earth, he is not among them.[2]

A person calling himself Sputnik appears as a member of the Supreme Soviets. He is a human hacker, wearing a costume similar to Vostok's and possessing technology that mimics his powers.[3]

Vostok was present when the Winter Guard was brought back together.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Sputnik has the ability to Technoform cybernetics, machinery and engineering, more than simply being able to manipulate autonomous systems. Anatoli can control, merge with and alternate most any form of mechanical energy function available to him. Using this capacity on himself affords a limited robotic healing factor. From making a battleship twist and bend like taffy to rewiring the neural pathways in the human brain. He can also fly under his own power and discharge energy beams from his hands and eyes at will.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Darkstar and the Winter Guard #2
  2. ^ Darkstar and the Winter Guard #1
  3. ^ Widowmaker #1-2
  4. ^ Avengers Vol. 8 #10. Marvel Comics.