Personal Info:
Real Name: Nikolai Krylenko
Also Known As: Krylov, Red Guardian
Place Of Birth: Belarus, Russia
First Appearance: Iron Man Vol.1 #109 (1978) Bronze Age Villain
Known Associates: Crimson Dynamo, Darkstar, Perun, Chernobog, Red Widow, Ursa Major, Vostok
Group Affiliation: Winter Guard, Formerly Soviet Super-Soldiers, Protectorate, Siberforce, Neo-Soviets
Base Of Operations: Winter Guard Mansion, Moscow, Russia
Grudges: Avengers and Namor
Creators: Bill Mantlo and Carmine Infantino
Vanguard is a trained and skilled gymnast. He is also proficient in hand-to-hand combat being trained by the KGB.
Shield: Vanguard wields a Vibranium shield that serves as a lens for his powers and intensify the repulsion of energy. Inside the shield is a high density computer that uses a laser gyroscope to track it's flight path from it's point of origin. Activating this mechanism can make the shield return to it's take-off point. Circuitry in the suit allows Vanguard to channel the impact directed at the shield to bolster his powers.
Force Field: Vanguard possesses the mutant power to repel any force that is directed at him. He can construct an invisible force field around his body.
Vanguard, or Nicolai Krylenko was born in Minsk to Russian nuclear physicist Sergei Krylov who would later become known as the Presence. Nikolai Krylenko and his twin sister Laynia Petrovna also known as Darkstar were taken from birth by the Soviet government to be trained as soldiers after their mutant powers became apparent. They were trained through youth to serve as soldiers in the Soviet army, being rare examples of mutants not immediately culled, for their genetic differences. A part of their training involved working with the KGB (Committee for State Security) eventually joining the KGB affiliated Soviet Super-Soldiers, Vanguard and the team would often come into conflict with many American superheroes in this capacity.
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