Crimson Dynamo is often described as an evil Russian/Soviet version of Iron Man. Although a female has worn the suit before, he is most often a Russian man with a suit of armor similar to Iron Man's. There have been multiple wearers.
Crimson Dynamo was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck and first appeared in "The Crimson Dynamo" in Tales Of Suspense #46 (Oct. 1963).
Other bearers of the Crimson Dynamo Armor are:
- Anton Vanko
- Boris Turgenov
- Alex Nevsky
- Yuri Petrovich
- Dmitri Bukharin
- Colonel-General Valentin Shatalov
- Gregar Valski
- Gennady Gavrilov
- Boris Vadim
- Galina Nemirovsky
The first Crimson Dynamo was a Soviet inventor named Антон Ванко (Anton Vanko), who was Armenian by origin. He built the original battle suit and battled Iron Man. Tony Stark realized that brute force could not defeat him and decided to fool him. Stark said Vanko's bosses wanted to kill Vanko after the first successful test. Vanko remembered that, before the operation, he was threatened with death. He escaped with Stark to America, where he became a senior scientist at Stark Industries. Vanko died killing the second person who would don the title of Crimson Dynamo: Boris Turgenov.
All the pilots who have worn the Crimson Dynamo armor have been non-super-powered humans, usually with either scientific, espionage or military training. The inventor of the armor, Dr. Anton Vanko, possessed a genius-level intellect, with skills as a scientist and engineer.
The Crimson Dynamo armor enables the wearer to lift over 100 tons under standard operating conditions. The armor contains various generic and specialized offensive weaponry.
The generic features include:
Computerized digital communications, including a two-way radio, a phone and an external computer interface.
Sensors containing radar, sonar, X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities. These sensors are enhanced with Dire Wraith technology.
Hand-blasters: 1,000,000 volt high-frequency electric emission units mounted on the wrist, capable of projecting a charge 100 feet from the palm of each hand.
Fusion caster: primary chest-mounted weapons system.
Carborundum matrix alloy shielded armor: Three-layer system granting the wearer a degree of invulnerability from extremely harsh environments.
Boot jets, granting the power of sustained short-range flight.
Human senses protection, including sound bafflers and polarized lenses adapted for low and high-intensity light.
Life support and nutrition systems equipped with chemical, biological and radiological filtration systems designed to withstand high-radiation environments for extended periods of time, between 100 and 500 hours depending on the expended battery power.
- Gatling gun: the Dynamo armor which replaced the one neutralized by Iron Man was less sophisticated and had a gatling gun built into the wrist gauntlet to provide additional firepower.
- Shoulder rockets: another projectile weapon which was added to the refurbished Dynamo armor was a set of rockets concealed within the rear shoulder assembly of the armor.
Crimson sputnik: mobile satellite, which can recharge the power resources of the Crimson Dynamo armor via an ultra-frequency laser. The satellite also functions as a remote control and communications device.
Matrix generator: the Dynamo armor was capable of being digitally concealed using a belt teleportation-based armor matrix, which allowed an operative to conceal the armor; when needed, the user simply pressed the matrix generator on the belt and the armor would then encase the wearer.
Height: 6'2"-7'8" armored
Weight: 210-456 lbs armored
In the Ultimate Universe, there are two Crimson Dynamos:
The first Crimson Dynamo is Chinese national Alex Su.
The second and original Crimson Dynamo is Валентин Шаталов (Valentin Shatalov).
Film and television
The Crimson Dynamo appeared in the part about Iron Man. This episode is based on its first appearance; some frames are frames of a comic book.
Iron Man (1995)
In episode 17, "Not Far From the Tree", the A.I.M. created a clone of Howard Stark and hired the Crimson Dynamo to penetrate into Stark Industries. He engaged in battle with Iron Man and lost. The Crimson Dynamo was voiced by William Hootkins.
In episode 21, "The Armor Wars, Part 1", Tony Stark learned that the Crimson Dynamo was using technology from Stark Industries. The Crimson Dynamo armor was similar to the armor worn by Valentin Shatalov in the comic, but Stark called him Юрий (Yuri). The Crimson Dynamo was voiced by Stu Rosen.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
In episode 6, "Iron Man vs. the Crimson Dynamo", the Crimson Dynamo's name was Иван Ванько (Ivan Vanko). He had a wife, Isabela, and a son, Mikhail. He worked for Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. During a space expedition near the sun, he was given the white Crimson Dynamo space suit/armor, which could protect him from solar radiation. During the experiment, he went very close to the solar surface, which became unstable. The rest of the team left him, thinking Vanko was dead. However, Anton Harkov later heard a signal from him; unfortunately, they did not have the resources to save Vanko, so they flew away. Vanko was declared dead, but the armor enabled him to survive. When Iron Man was patrolling the city, he saw that something was falling. First, he and reporters thought it was a meteorite. However, it was Vanko, who tossed a steamroller at helicopter journalists, but Iron Man intercepted it. Wanting to reach Harkov, the Dynamo beat Iron Man. Stark flew to warn him. However, Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. already moved to combat readiness, under the command Harkov. Vanko could not be stopped. When Iron Man tried to delay the Dynamo, Pepper Potts found Ivan's family and led them to him. The Dynamo calmed down and surrendered. Vanko was voiced by Mark Oliver.
In episode 12, "Seeing Red", the second Crimson Dynamo appeared. Anton Harkov invented nanorobots, but they did not work out. Obadiah Stane they came to him. Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. denied funding; the experiment was going to close, and Stane wanted to help them in exchange for the Crimson Dynamo armor. Stane's bodyguard, O'Brien, wore the suit, which was repainted in black with red stripes. Later, Iron Man discovered a collapse in the subway, where he met O'Brien. O'Brien won against Iron Man, and took him to P.E.G.A.S.U.S., where Harkov scanned the Iron Man armor. Iron Man escaped with Potts. Some time later, he returned in a new Buster armor. He easily broke into Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. and loaded the Technovore virus Stane's computers to corrupt the information. Later, fighting the Crimson Dynamo, Iron Man destroyed the armor, and O'Brien fled. O'Brien was voiced by Brian Drummond.The Super Hero Squad Show
In episode 17 of the Super Hero Squad Show, "Tales of Suspense!", the Crimson Dynamo, along with Melter and Doctor Doom, attacked Iron Man and War Machine. The Dynamo used broken English in conversation, and often talked about himself in the third person. He was voiced by Jess Harnell.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Crimson Dynamo appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Chris Cox. He has appeared in five episode so far "Iron Man is Born", "The Breakout", "Gamma World", "Masters of Evil" & "This Hostage Earth".
- Crimson Dynamo is the main villain in The Invincible Iron Man for Game Boy Advance.
- Crimson Dynamo is a member of the Masters of Evil in the videogame Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. The Crimson Dynamo in-game is Valentin Shatalov, the sixth Crimson Dynamo yet the armor is not any existing one, but resembles a smoothed-out version of the eighth Crimson Dynamo (though he mentions he has had upgrades). He is a member of Doctor Doom's Masters of Evil and assists M.O.D.O.K. and Mysterio in the attack on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Omega Base. Crimson Dynamo has special dialogue with Iron Man (who mentions to Iron Man that his new armor can defeat him). A VS simulation disk involves fighting Crimson Dynamo in Asgard.
- Crimson Dynamo appears in Marvel Super Hero Squad voiced by Jess Harnell.
- The Valentin Shatalov version of Crimson Dynamo appears as a villain in the video game adaption to Iron Man 2 voiced by Dimitri Diatchenko. He is allied with both Advanced Idea Mechanics and Roxxon Energy Corporation, and is the pilot of the 20-foot Crimson Dynamo armor. He was allies with Kearson DeWitt, but was soon stopped when DeWitt discovered a spy inside of Shatalov's operation. Shatalov decided that it was time to utilize the Dynamo armor, and used it with great efficiency against Iron Man. After Iron Man pummeled Shatalov for a short time, the general fired an electric beam at him, and War Machine came in to distract Shatalov. Iron Man then defeated Shatalov and destroyed most of the Dynamo armor. Shatalov died after interrogation from the armored duo.
Though he did not appear in Iron Man 2, it is worth noting that Whiplash shared some of his traits. In fact, he was the son of Anton Vanko.