Cornelius Van Lunt was a New York businessman, who also revelled in some criminal activities. An ardent believer in astrology, van Lunt amassed a fortune under the guidance of his personal astrologer. Van Lunt formed and funded the original Zodiac Cartel. He took on the guise of Taurus. While he wore the Taurus costume, he often wielded a powerful weapon called the Star-Blazer. Van Lunt is thought dead after a confronting Moon Knight, but his body was never found.
Taurus was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Sal Buscema. He first appeared in the story "Did You Hear The One About Scorpio?" in 1970.
A new Taurus has recently appeared in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man