People's Defense Force

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People's Defense Force
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance West Coast Avengers #33 (June 1988)
Created by Steve Englehart
Al Milgrom
In-story information
Base(s) Bratislava Prison Superhuman Research Complex
Member(s) Beasts of Berlin
Madame X
Scarlet Beetles
El Toro
Voice

The People's Defense Force is a fictional organization appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Fictional team history[edit]

The People's Defense Force is a team of Eastern European superbeings who are linked by the fact that they have individually fought Henry Pym during his earliest exploits as Ant-Man and Giant-Man. They operate as the People's Defense Force out of the Bratislava Prison Superhuman Research Complex in the latter days of European communism.

With Quicksilver, who is being manipulated by Maximus the Mad, the People's Defense Force attack the West Coast Avengers to get at Pym. They are defeated by MODAM.[1]

Members of the People's Defense Force included:

  • Beasts of Berlin - The Beasts of Berlin are lowland gorillas mutated to human intelligence and speech. They operate as a team. The Beasts first appear in Tales to Astonish #60 (Oct 1964).
  • Madame X (Nina Vladimirovna Tsiolkovsky) - Madame X is a patriot and spy for the communist Hungarian government. She first appears in Tales to Astonish #32 (Oct 1962).
  • Scarlet Beetles - The Scarlet Beetles are normal beetles that have been mutated to a size of 10-feet and given human intelligence and speech. The Scarlet Beetles first appear in Tales to Astonish #39 (Jan 1963).
  • El Toro (Antonio Rojo) - El Toro is Cuba's first super agent and an early opponent of Henry Pym. He first appears in Tales to Astonish #54 (Apr 1963)
  • Voice (Jason Lorne Cragg) - The Voice is a man whose voice can make people who hear him believe that he's speaking the truth. Voice first appears in Tales to Astonish #42 (Apr 1963).

References[edit]

  1. ^ West Coast Avengers vol. 2, #36 (September 1988)

External links[edit]

  • Beasts of Berlin at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Madame X at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Scarlet Beetles at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • El Toro at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe