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Information-silkReal NameIvan Illyich Gort
Information-silkCurrent AliasStalnoivolk
Information-silkAliasesSteel Wolf
Information-silkAffiliationRed Shadows, KGB, Suicide Squad, Partner of Major Zastrow
Information-silkBase Of OperationsSiberia, Russia
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationSpecial operative
Information-silkHeight6' 2"
Information-silkWeight275 lbs (125 kg)
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesThough he's well over eighty, Ivan has the physique and appearance of a forty-year-old man.
Information-silkOriginCirca 1908
Information-silkUniverseNew Earth
Information-silkPlace of BirthRussia
Information-silkCreatorsJohn Ostrander, Joe Brozowski
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Ivan Illyich Gort was born in Russia in the early 1900s. As a young man, he participated in a series of secret experiments that gave him superhuman physical characteristics. He was created to serve as a symbol of Soviet resistance during World War II and given the code name Stalnoivolk (translated as Steel Wolf). It was the Russians' intent to create an army of such men, but General Secretary Joseph Stalin destroyed the formula that created him and had all of the scientists involved with the project killed. Stalin feared that an army of Stalnoivolks might pose a threat to his rule, so he made sure that there could only be one - one that he could control. Ivan proved to be fiercely loyal to Stalin and was intricately involved in Stalin's purges in the Ukraine. After the war, Stalnoivolk was discredited and sent to Siberia where he lived as a peasant for decades.

Shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Kremlin assigned Major Zastrow to locate Stalnoivolk. They wanted to reactivate him for use against super-powered threats outside the U.S.S.R. - specifically, the American super-hero Firestorm.


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  • Ivan holds to old hardliner communist dogma, and believes that every Russian leader since Stalin is little more than an ineffectual bumbler.


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