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As the Red Guardian
, he was a member of Supreme Soviets
, where he battled the Soviet Super-Soldiers
for defecting from mother Russia. Later, with the aid of Captain America
, he battled a bear-like creature composed of the Darkforce, managing to defeat and disperse the creation.
Mayor Story Arcs
Hero of the People
In an effort to enhance their PR, The Supreme Soviets later became known as the People's Protectorate, and Petkus stayed on as one of the team members.While in the People's Protectorate, he teamed with the Avengers and Alpha Flight and battled the Peace Corpse, the Atlantean Army, and the Combine. He and the Protectorate also battled against the Hulk and Igor Drenkov.
When the team were again rebranded as The Winter Guard, Petkus renamed himself Steel Guardian and remained on the team. However, when the original Darkstar died in battle, the Government planned to replace her with a doppleganger without informing the public. As a result, Steel Guardian, Powersurge
and several others left the team in disgust. They formed The Protectorate and travelled to Limbo, seeking Immortus to plead for the return of Darkstar to the timestream. Immortus agreed to the demand, on the proviso that the team remained in Limbo for a year, helping to fight off a Dire Wraith invasion. During this year, Steel Guardian was stabbed through the chest by a Wraith and killed in action.