Titanium Man

PROFILE

  • Real Name: Boris Bullski
  • AKA: Boris the Merciless, The Commander, Andy Stockwell
  • Family: Unidentified wife;
    Unidentified father
  • Base of Operation: Mobile, formerly Mandarin City
  • Identity: Public Identity
  • Citizenship: Russian, Soviet (formerly)
  • Martial Status: Married
  • Occupation: Mercenary; former government operative and spy
  • Education: 
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 7′ 1″ (2.16 m) ; 8’9″ when armored
  • Weight: 425 lbs (192.78 kg) (975 lbs armored)
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Brown
  • Unusual Feature: –
  • Origin: Human Mutate. Boris Bullski became the Titanium Man to rival Iron Man.
  • Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)

His large size is more then just the armor. Introduced in Tales of Suspense #69 (1965) by Stan Lee and Don Heck, Boris Bullski was introduced as a USSR spy working with Black Widow. After being reassigned to Siberia, he met a few scientist who work with Anton Vanko, the original Crimson Dynamo, and had them design him a new armor made of a titanium-like armor. He would go onto to fight Iron Man a number of occasions but would face defeat over and over again. After several defeats, he was arrest by the Soviet and was made experimented on to increase his size to match his armor. He teamed up with the third Crimson Dynamo and Radioactive Man to become the Titanic Three, working for both China and the Soviets before the team defected from the Soviet. 

He would begin working for the Soviets again when he was sent to capture Darkstar, who had joined the Champions of LA. He would then fight against a defector Sergei, who used Credit Card Armors, and would believed killed soon after. Gremlin soon took up the mantle of Titanium Man before Boris was revived by Dimitri Bukharin, another Crimson Dynamo. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Boris became disgruntled with Russia, which came to a head when a Stark Industries’ office was open in Moscow. He attacked the office but was stopped by Iron Man, Black Widow and Valentin Shatalov, another Crimson Dynamo. This battle saw Boris die in battle and the removal of Shatalov as the Crimson Dynamo. 

However, (as is always the case in comics) Boris returned alive and became a Mercenary, wearing a new armor to hide his identity. He was hired by Tony Stark to attack the congress, who were discussing the Superhuman Registration Act. He battled Spider-man and would fail in his mission. However, this turned out to be part of Stark’s plan to gain support for the act. He would attack Russia as part of the Remont Six to try and revive the Soviet Union but was defeated by Darkstar. After fighting the Protector (Noh-Varr), he was one of many villains captured and force to work for Mandarin, who gave his armor an upgrade. 

Titanium Man is one of Iron Man’s most famous foes. While he hasn’t gotten an official Marvel Legends yet, he has received a few figures from some other lines. Hasbro initially announced a figure as part of a Iron Man Legends wave but that wave was eventually cancelled. This figure would see a very limited release as part of a 6″ line for the Iron Man 2 line. Diamond Select also released a version of him in his classic outfit.


Classic

Recommend Figure: Diamond Select Marvel Select – Titanium Man

  • Background:
    • Like many classic versions, Titanium Man has been drawn differently by different artist but they generally keep the same basic design. What make this version unique to the other Titanium men is the glowing yellow eyes and mouth. Most other either had no glowing eyes or they were red.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you are an Iron man collector, you will need this for your Iron Man rogues gallery. He also also needed for Black Widow rogues as well. While he wasn’t a member of the Winter Guard, you could place him with other Russian characters.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Mercenary

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Iron Man 2 Legends Wave 2 – Titanium Man

  • Background:
    • After he was believe killed, Boris soon returned to life. He hid his identity for many years, acting as a mercenary. Most thought he was new person until it was revealed to be Boris.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • Most people didn’t even know that was release. It was still during Hasbro’s dark days, so it saw a very limited release in stores. Even still, it was undersized and didn’t suit Titanium at all so there is no rush to get him.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes in a proper size.

Needs

Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.


Alternates: Titanium Men