Real Name: Boris Turgenov (see comments)

Identity/Class: Human technology user;
   citizen of Russia

Occupation: Scientist, spy

Group Membership: KGB

Affiliations: Black Widow (Natasha Romanova)

Enemies: Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko), Iron Man (Tony Stark)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Krashni Denamit" (rough Russian translation of Crimson Dynamo)

Base of Operations: KGB headquarters, Russia

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#52/1 (April, 1964)

Powers/Abilities: Boris was an unusually strong intelligence agent--he was able to tear through metal doors (!) after weakening them with a dissolving spray; he was also equipped with a Jet Paralyzer.

While wearing the Crimson Dynamo (Mark I) armor, he could fire blasts of destructive electrical energy, and had his strength enhanced.

Height: (Boris) 5'9"; (Dynamo Mark I armor) 5'11"
Weight: (Boris) 205 lbs.; (Dynamo Mark I armor) 230 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

(Tales of Suspense I#52/1 (fb) - BTS) - In Russia, Boris served as an agent of the KGB, and he was familiar with the scientist Anton Vanko, who had designed the Crimson Dynamo armor.

(Tales of Suspense I#52/1) - When Vanko defected to the United States and entered the employ of Stark Industries, the KGB assigned Boris and the Black Widow to dispose of Stark and Vanko. Posing as Natasha's brother, a science teacher from the Ukraine, Boris and Natasha infiltrated the plant on the pretense of wanting to learn about Stark's technology for Boris' students. While Natasha distracted Stark, Boris set off into the plant's restricted area, where he found the laboratory of Vanko. Using a special spray, he weakened the door to Vanko's lab so that he could tear into it, then trapped Vanko with his Jet Paralyzer. Boris turned on one of Vanko's recorded lectures so that the guards would think he was in his lab, then put Vanko into a bag and carried him out. 

   After turning Vanko over to his fellow KGB agents aboard a submarine, Boris returned to the laboratory and donned the Crimson Dynamo armor, then began to attack the plant. Iron Man appeared and mistakenly thought that it was Vanko in the armor, and when Iron Man  lifted a laser ray machine Vanko had been working on, Boris shot him in the back with a blast of energy, knocking him out. Boris then took the unconscious Iron Man to the submarine where Vanko was being held.

   But after reviving, Iron Man rescued Vanko, and they both returned to Stark's facility, where they found the armor-clad Boris attempting to steal the laser ray weapon for Russia.

   During the resulting confrontation between the armored combatants, the Black Widow distracted Iron Man, allowing Boris to gain the upper hand as he nearly short-circuited Iron Man's armor. But Vanko intervened and blasted Boris at close range with an unstable laser light pistol--the resulting explosion destroyed the Crimson Dynamo armor, and killed both Boris and Vanko.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.

Although his surname wasn't mentioned in his first appearance, Boris received his last name in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#3 (March, 1983).

Boris and Natasha. Heh.

This version of the Crimson Dynamo has partial entries in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook, OHotMU I#3, Deluxe Edition#3, Master Edition and the All-New OHotMU Update#2.

Profile by Prime Eternal. Sub-Profiles plus images by Ron Fredricks.

Boris Turgenov should not be confused with:

dissolving spray

It was a fluid which could eat its way through metal; Boris Turgenov used it on the door of Anton Vanko's lab at Stark Industries.

After the chemical made an opening large enough, Boris reached into the hole and used his prestigious strength to rip the door open and gain entrance.

--Tales of Suspense I#52/1

Jet Paralyzer

It was a device invented years earlier by Anton Vanko for the Russian KGB.

It fired a spray of magnetic artificial fibers which could ensnare a target in a seemingly unbreakable net.

The Jet Paralyzer was used by Boris Turgenov to capture Anton Vanko. 

Vanko was later freed by Iron Man, who ripped off the synthetic wire mesh in seconds.

--Tales of Suspense I#52/1

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Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p6, pan7 (Main Image - Boris Turgenov, donning Crimson Dynamo armor)
Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p5, pan1 (Headshot - Boris Turgenov)
Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p12, pan7 (in full armor)
Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p8, pan5 (Crimson Dynamo (Boris Turgenov) blasts Iron Man with electrical charge)
Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p13, pan3 (Crimson Dynamo (Boris Turgenov) gets shot with laser light pistol by Anton Vanko)
Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p5, pan2 (Boris Turgenov uses dissolving spray on metal door)
Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p5, pan3 (Boris Turgenov tears through weakened metal door; Anton Vanko (background))
Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p5, pan6 (Boris Turgenov points Jet Paralyzer at Anton Vanko)
Tales of Suspense I#52/1, p5, pan7 (Boris Turgenov ensnares Anton Vanko with Jet Paralyzer)

Tales of Suspense I#52 (April, 1964) - Stan Lee (plot/editor), Don Rico (script), Don Heck (artist)

First Posted: 10/04/2005
Last updated: 10/15/2020

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