Who’s Who: Major Victory

Major VictoryMajor Victory (aka Vance Astro), created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan, first appeared as a founding member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in 1969. Major Victory, with the rest of the Guardians, appeared here and there in issues of Marvel Two-In-One, Giant Size Defenders, Marvel Presents, and The Avengers before getting their own series in 1990, which ran for 62 issues.

At the age of 18, Vance Astrovik was accepted into the US Airforce astronaut training program. By the time he was 21, he had changed his name to Vance Astro and volunteered for the first manned interstellar mission called Project: Starjump. He would travel to Centauri IV, the closest planet to Earth, a trip that would take 10 centuries. Prior to launch, he was equipped with a skin-preserving body suit and his blood was transfused with a preservative fluid. During much of his time in stasis, he developed psionic abilities, and by the time he reached Centauri IV, he was in full control of them.

When he eventually reached Centauri IV, he was met by other people from Earth, who had beaten him there due to advances in Earth technology and an inability to intercept Astro’s ship. While there, he and the other colonists were attacked by Badoon. Most of them were massacred by the Badoon, but the few who survived went on to form the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

Toward the end of the original run of Guardians comics, during a time traveling adventure, Astro discovered the lost shield of Captain America. After a change in costume and the adoption of Cap’s shield, he took the name Major Victory.

Major Victory’s only real super power is his psychokinesis which manifests itself in the form of energy blasts. These can be controlled to slow the descent of falling people or cranked up to cause massive destruction. He is otherwise a normal human being with excellent hand-to-hand combat skills.

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