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Ivan the Terrible is a Russian crime lord in Marvel comics and is roughly the Kingpin of his nation - making him a formidable villain worthy of great respect and fear, even in a world of superhuman beings.

Real Name: Ivan Pushkin

Identity/Class: Human, citizen of Russia

Occupation: Crime Czar (or Tsar, depending on your preference); former Soviet Counterintelligence agent

Affiliations: Employer of Hammer and Sickle; One-time employer of the Confessor; lover of Natalya Kedrov; former employer of Dr. Etta Langstrom and Omega Red; former agent of SMERSH (Contraction for Smiert Spionam, meaning "Death to Spies")

Enemies: Maverick, Elena Ivanova, Isabel Ferguson, Red Guardian (Krassno Granitsky), AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics), presumably HYDRA

Known Relatives: None known, although he has many mistresses

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Russia, Canada

First Appearance: Maverick II#1 (September, 1997)

Powers: Ivan the Terrible is a criminal mastermind with no scruples, being Russia's counterpart to the Kingpin of Crime. As such he is notoriously brutal, ruthless, and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He is a strong motivator, though largely through fear. He usually relies on his underlings to deal with things, seldom dirtying his own hands.

History: BTS- Ivan Pushkin got his start as a Soviet Counterintelligence agent in SMERSH (Contraction for Smiert Spionam, meaning "Death to Spies"). After the the disbanding of SMERSH he became involved heavily with the Russian Mafia and through his ruthlessness and cunning, quickly rose to become one of the heads of the Russian criminal underworld.

(Maverick II#1 (BTS))- Ivan the Terrible's criminal enterprises were under investigation by the Canadian government. He sent his henchmen, Hammer and Sickle, to interrogate Francois Perigeux, a Parisian cellist with some unrevealed ties to Pushkin. After finding out that the Canadian government's Major Barrington was behind the investigation. the thugs murdered their target.

Later, Ivan the Terrible sent Hammer, Sickle and some men to forcibly retreive Maverick and Elena Ivonova from their room at the Chateau Frontenac, in Quebec, Canada. They failed and Maverick and Ivonova escaped.

(Maverick II#1)- Ivan the Terrible caught up to Maverick and his ally in Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, a suburb of Montreal, at the home of another of Maverick's allies, Isabel Ferguson. After capturing Ivonova, Ivan the Terrible forced Maverick to surrender.

Maverick II#2)- Ivan the Terrible had Dr. Etta Langstrom "brainwash" Maverick to believe whatever he had to say. Ivan told Maverick that Major Barrington was behind his wife Ginetta's betrayal (a lie) to get Maverick to assassinate the Major before the inquest into Ivan's criminal dealings began. Maverick accepted what he said and set out to kill Barrington.

((Maverick II#3 (BTS))- Ivan the Terrible sent Hammer and Sickle to kill Barrington if Maverick's conditioning failed. It did and Hammer murdered the Major.

(Maverick II#8 (BTS))- Ivan the Terrible hired the Russian mercenary the Confessor to break his henchman, Sickle, out of the Canadian maximum security prison, the Ice Box.

(Maverick II#8)- Upon successful completion of his assignment, Ivan the Terrible offered the Confessor another mission; The capture of Maverick.

(Maverick II#10)- Ivan confronted the captured Maverick and explained that he intended to torture him until he broke. He was interrupted by his mistress, Natalya Kedrov, who he beat. He then sent Maverick to his prison, the Cooler, but Maverick escaped on the way there. Ivan then threatened to shoot an innocent child unless Maverick surrendered. After recapturing Maverick, Ivan chained him up in the prison.

Ivan then attended a meeting with some agents of AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and had a dinner prepared for them. He said he could not enter into a venture with them at that point as his funds were in litigation, but that he wanted there to be no hard feelings. In reality the food contained nano-transmitters designed so that Ivan could trace the AIM agents back to their base and take all their weapons for himself.

Ivan then introduced Hammer and Sickle to their partner for this mission: Omega Red.

(Maverick II#11)- Ivan the Terrible instructed Hammer, Sickle, and Omega Red in their mission: Using a bunch of his men, to follow the nano-transmitters' signals back to the AIM base and attack it, taking all the weapons for themselves. To prevent his involvement being known, his troops would wear HYDRA uniforms, framing that terrorist organization. The troops took off in a plane, while Ivan remained at his estate.

(Maverick II#12)- Ivan the Terrible communicated with his troops after their mission failed and the plane crashed, both due to Maverick. He appeared displeased, but did not seem to want to kill Hammer and Sickle for failing. He also mentioned that he planned to deal with Maverick in the future.

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