Membership: Doctor Volkh, GolubevMorning Star, Svyatogor

Purpose: To begin a new "Cold War" between America and the United States, by freezing the U. S. A.

Affiliations: the former Soviet Union, Comrade Miasnikov and unnamed lackeys under their orders

Enemies: Wolverine, Avengers West Coast

Base of Operations: (presumably) Russia

First Appearance: Avengers West Coast#87 (October, 1992)

History: (Avengers West Coast#87-88) - Arriving in a giant hovercraft, the Bogatyri attacked a U.S.-Canadian Distant Early Warning (D. E. W.) station and knocked out all of the guards on duty. As they rounded up the unconscious guards, Doctor Volkh stated that the attack on the D. E. W. station was the first step in his plan. He ordered Comrade Miasnikov and his other lackey to attach the "special components" to the equipment in the D. E. W. station and announced that it might be their last chance to begin a new Cold War.

U. S. Agent received a phone call from the Commission, telling him to leave for the Bathurst Inlet. U. S. Agent then made his way to the Bathurst Inlet, with Scarlet Witch and the Wonder Man following. At that same time, in the Northwest Territory, Wolverine was being chased by both a polar bear and a swarm of mosquitoes during a backpacking trip to Canada. As Wolverine ran from the bear, Morning Star blasted the animal with a heat blast and both she and Svyatogor attacked Wolverine. Fighting back, Wolverine jumped at Svyatogor only to be blinded by a light burst from Morning Star. Svyatogor took advantage of his blindness and punched him unconscious.

Shortly thereafter, U. S. Agent arrived at the Bathurst Inlet and was attacked by lackies of the Bogatyri. He easily took care of the lackies until Golubev used his telekinesis to wrap U.S. Agent in the sheets of metal taken from the lackies' hovercraft. He then tossed U. S. Agent into the waters of the Inlet. As Doctor Volkh interrogated Wolverine, Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man arrived at the Inlet and Scarlet Witch used her hex powers to generate an electromagnetic pulse, pulling U. S. Agent from the Inlet.

During the interrogation of Wolverine, Doctor Volkh explained the origins of each of the members of the Bogatyri while Wolverine listened long enough to unsheathe his claws and attack Doctor Volkh. Doctor Volkh finally showed his powers by stretching into a thin, rug-sized sheet and grappling Wolverine. He then tossed Wolverine towards the wall, just as the Avengers arrived to save him. Upon the arrival of the Avengers, the Bogatyri mobilized their forces and attacked the team, with Wolverine in tow. Golubev once again attacked U.S. Agent, only to find his psychic powers could not affect his target this time around thanks to Scarlet Witch's hexes. U.S. Agent promptly knocked Golubev out. Realizing this, Doctor Volkh knocked out the Scarlet Witch. In anger, Wonder Man grabbed a piece of the station and slammed it into Svyatogor and then knocked out Morning Star. As the Avengers and Wolverine started to gain the upper hand, the Bogatyri lackeys arrived and joined in the attack. Wolverine and U. S. Agent escaped outside the D. E. W. station and found a group of U. S. assault troops that had arrived to calm the situation.

Meanwhile, as the Bogatyri looked over their captives, Svyatogor and Morning Star talked about Wonder Man's film career and Golubev made a crack about how Svyatogor couldn't handle scary movies. In his defense, Svyatogor yelled that it was not his fault and Golubev shot Svyatogor in the mouth with a fire extinguisher, prompting Svyatogor to go on a destructive rampage around the D. E. W. station until Doctor Volkh calmed him down. Comrade Miasnikov then announced that the components were ready and Doctor Volkh introduced his "Quick-Freeze Crystal", which would blanket the northern hemisphere in ice. Doctor Volkh then released the Quick-Freeze Crystal from its protective globe, causing ice to rapidly cover the station as the U. S. assault troops began their attack on the station. During the attack, Wolverine and U. S. Agent secretly re-entered the station and attacked Doctor Volkh and Comrade Miasnikov. The rest of the Bogatyri soon arrived and attacked Wolverine, as U.S. Agent freed Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch from their icy prisons. As the battle raged on, Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man broke a path through the ice to the Quick-Freeze Crystal itself and Scarlet Witch used her hex powers to change the Crystal from radiating cold to heat instead. Furious, Doctor Volkh lunged at the Crystal and grabbed it, burning his hands. As the heat generated from the Crystal began to cause explosions within the station, the Bogatyri made a run for it, with Doctor Volkh ranting all the way about his precious Crystal. The Avengers and Wolverine soon followed and they too escaped the station before its destruction. While the Avengers checked on their own and made sure everyone was safe, the Bogatyri escaped the station in their hovercraft.

(Avengers West Coast#93-95) - Morning Star was active alongside the Avengers West Coast against the Pacific Overlords.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, & David Ross.

The name Bogatyri translates into English as "The Valiant Champions of Elder Days".

Bogatyri have an entry in OHotMU 2006 A-Z#2.

Profile by Proto Man

Clarifications: The Bogatyri, the Russian super-team, has no known connection to


Mikula Golubev was presumably a mutant, born with psychic powers, including telepathy and telekinesis. His parents named him for the Bogatyr whose small plough could not be lifted even his fellow champions, but which the champion known as Mikula hoisted it with one hand. He had telepathy enough to sense other minds present in his vicinity and telekinesis enough to lift heavy vehicles such as a bulldozers.  Golubev was apparently an analogue for the Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman (see Clarifications). 

-Avengers West Coast#87, (AWC#88

Doctor Volkh

Vladimir Orekhov was once a scientist who was one of the first to become a Russian cosmonaut. He assisted in creating the formula that would eventually produce the Quick-Freeze Crystal. During his trip into space, he was bombarded with cosmic radiation which gave him to ability to stretch his body to great lengths and shapes. He was the leader of the group.  Dr. Volkh was modeled after Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four (see Clarifications).

-Avengers West Coast#87, (AWC#88



Years ago, Sasha Pokryshkin was bathed in radiation from a contained nuclear power plant accident and damaged his lungs and limbs. Although he suffered great damage, he was also granted superhuman strength. He named himself "Svyatogor," after the mightiest of Slavic heroes. He had superhuman strength and a gun attached to his cybernetic arm.  Svyatogor was the Russian version of the Fantastic Four's Thing (see Clarifications).

-Avengers West Coast#87, (AWC#88

Comrade Miasnikov

Comrade Miasnikov was a lackey working for the Bogatyri. He assisted in setting up the Quick-Freeze Crystal when the Bogatyri invaded the D. E. W. station.

-Avengers West Coast#87, (AWC#88

The Quick-Freeze Crystal

The Quick-Freeze Crystal was a weapon designed by the U. S. and Canada at the D. E. W. station. Doctor Volkh first learned of the prototype designed in secret at the station and invaded it. He ordered Comrade Miasnikov to aid in finishing the project. Once it was set up, it was placed in a globe to prevent its spread. When Doctor Volkh activated it, it generated intense cold and ice, sufficient enough to freeze the entire station. When U.S. Agent arrived to save the frozen Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man, he smashed some of the ice and it melted once it separated from the original Crystal. Deducing that the original Crystal must be destroyed to stop the spread, Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch broke through the ice and found the original Quick-Freeze Crystal. Scarlet Witch attempted to use her hex powers to destroy it, but instead, caused it to radiate heat, which melted the ice and caused explosions within the station that eventually destroyed it, presumably destroying itself in the process.

- Avengers West Coast#88

images: (Bogatyri), Avengers West Coast#87, page 30, panel 4
(Golubev), Avengers West Coas t#87, page 19, panel 1
(Doctor Volkh), Avengers West Coast#88, page 25, panel 3
(Svyatogor), Avengers West Coast#87, page 10, panel 1
(Zvezda Dennitsa), Avengers West Coast#87, page 10, panel 1
(Comrade Miasnikov), Avengers West Coast#87, page 3, panel 4
(Quick-Freeze Crystal), Avengers West Coast#88, page 16, panel 9

Other appearances:
Avengers West Coast#88 (November, 1992) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Dave Ross (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nelson Yomtov (editor)
Avengers West Coast#93-95 (April-June, 1993) - Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas (#93-94) & Dave Ross (writers), Dave Ross (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nelson Yomtov (editor)

Last updated: 07/28/04.

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