Name: Milos Masaryk
Occupation: Ex-intelligence agent, now subversive
Legal Status: Czechoslovakian citizen with no criminal
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Former agent of Count Nefaria,
the Red Ghost, the Mandarin, and the Titanium Man
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: TALES OF SUSPENSE #56
History: Milos Masaryk was a Soviet intelligence
agent assigned to security duty at the private laboratory of inventor
Anton Vanko. Vanko was engaged in the development of advanced
technological weaponry and armament. His first completed project
was a full body suit of armor which he himself would later wear
as the Soviet operative code-named the Crimson Dynamo. His second
finished project was a helmet and harness into which offensive
radiation-beam weaponry called a “power horn” was
integrated. Vanko offered this invention to Masaryk, and with
government approval, began to instruct the Soviet agent on its
Some time after Vanko defected to America, the Soviet government
dispatched Masaryk to avenge the disgrace caused by the inventor.
Masaryk was given a special, heavily insulated costume and code-named
the Unicorn because of the head-mounted discharge cone of the
weapons system he wore. The Unicorn confronted Iron
Man, the person instrumental in getting Vanko to defect, and
coerced him into accompanying him back to the Soviet Union where
the secrets of Iron Man's armor could be unlocked. Iron Man escaped,
however, and permitted the enemy agent to go free.
The Unicorn then entered a short-lived alliance with Count
Nefaria in hopes of acquiring some funds for his subversive
activities. Their scheme, however, was thwarted by the X-Men.
Returning to his native Czechoslovakia, Masaryk voluntarily underwent
a special treatment by the experimental "hyper-activator"
device designed by the government to augment physical strength.
Masaryk's several month delay in reporting back to his superiors
had raised suspicions as to his loyalty, and so he was forced
to undergo weeks of brainwashing before serving as a test subject
for the hyper-activator device. The treatments not only endowed
him with superhuman strength, but it also undid the effects of
his brainwashing. Thus, as soon as the treatments were finished,
Masaryk turned on the scientists who had empowered him and destroyed
their machine so they could not create any more such as him. Donning
a redesigned version of his power-horn weaponry he fled, hoping
to find a means to cure himself of an unfortunate side-effect
of the treatment, accelerated cellular deterioration.
Returning to America, the Unicorn first tried to coerce the Congress
of the United States into giving him funds to finance the investigation
of the causes of his advanced aging. Iron Man managed to thwart
this plan, but the Unicorn once again eluded capture. The Unicorn
then sought the help of the renegade Soviet scientist, the Red
Ghost. The Red Ghost attempted to use the Unicorn as a mere henchman,
but the Unicorn ultimately managed to overpower him. When the
Ghost proved incapable of curing his ailment, the Unicorn left
him and sought the Mandarin. The Mandarin turned the Unicorn into
his "body-slave" and used him in one of his many attacks
on Iron Man. Through a mind transference device he had devised,
the Mandarin was even trapped in the Unicorn's body for a short
The Unicorn then contacted the Titanium Man, who promised to
find a cure for him if he defeated Iron Man. The disease having
begun to affect his brain, the Unicorn readily agreed. For the
first time Iron Man managed to apprehend his longtime foe. Iron
Man placed the Unicorn in a cryogenic cylinder and gave him a
chemical bath designed to arrest his cellular deterioration. By
the time the Unicorn was accidentally freed months later, the
treatment was apparently successful. However, the disease had
damaged the Unicorn's mind enough so that he was now insane. After
yet another battle with Iron Man, the Unicorn, deprived of his
rocket belt, escaped. He was last seen heading out to sea, hoping
to rendezvous with the Titanium Man, who, unknown to him, had
been deported to the Soviet Union months before.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 220 lbs.
Strength Level: The Unicorn possesses superhuman
strength and can lift (press) 15 tons.
Known Superhuman Powers: The Unicorn is superhumanly
strong and his body's soft tissues are dozens of times tougher
than normal. His body can repel .50 caliber machine gun fire,
withstand open flame to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, and resist Iron
Man's repulsor rays at maximum blast at a distance of 20 feet.
Abilities: As a former Soviet intelligence agent,
the Unicorn has been trained in hand-to-hand combat, is proficient
with numerous types of weaponry, and is skilled in the arts of
Weapons: The Unicorn wears headgear equipped
with an energy projector that tunes to various frequency and power
levels including infrared and ultraviolet lasers, microwaves,
laser-path guided electron and neutron beams. The e-beam and n-beam
have tremendous concussive power (on the order of 50 pounds of
TNT at effective ranges of 75 feet). The power supply is a flat
array of nuclear powered thermoelectric cells in Unicorn's belt
which turn out about 1.2 kilowatts.
The Unicorn also wears a rocket belt equipped with twin, high-efficiency
electric micro turbines which use a small supply of very volatile
fuel that enables the wearer to cruise at 180 miles per hour (or
with its maximum take-off weight of 450 pounds: 75 miles per hour)
to an altitude of about 3,000 feet for a maximum of 200 minutes.
The dense osmium gyroscopes located in the rear of the belt provide
some stability and allow navigation through computer-aided terrain-following