David Gallaher Archives - Page 2 of 2 - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources
This was my first introduction into THE SOVIET SUPER SOLDIERS – Ursa Major, Darkstar, and Vanguard – the team that would eventually become THE WINTER GUARD. I was only a few months into collecting and reading comics at that point – and I got the book admittedly because of the Speedball cameo in the beginning of the story. As a teenager, I found the cover disturbing – could the Avengers really have murdered this team of Russian superheroes? The truth, of course, was a little more complex – and, of course, I was hooked on the revelation!
Marvel has started to tease some of their December comics over on their website, starting with the Hulk titles. One of those titles features the Winter Guard, who appeared recently in the Hulk.
I remember them, though, as the Soviet Super Soldiers, who first appeared back in the early 1980s when the Hulk was roaming the world and meeting all sorts of new heroes, as chronicled by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. At the time, the team included Darkstar, her brother Vanguard, Ursa Major and Crimson Dynamo. The new team consists of Darkstar, Red Guardian, Crimson Dynamo and Major Ursa, but I think the Darkstar and Red Guardian identities have been assumed by new folks. I’m sure David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the team behind High Moon and this new one-shot, will fill us in in December.