The machine once used to be a man named Anatoli worked as a scientist experimenting with an alien vessel found by the USSR. While conducting his research, an incident occurred where he became an amalgam of synthetics and machinery due to fusing with said foreign technology. Deciding to no longer go by the human name that he once had, he eventually become an original member of the Supreme Soviets.
His first team mission was to confront Darkstar, Ursa Major and Vanguard for defecting from the Soviet Union and becoming traitors to their motherland. Fantasia cast an illusion spell and disguised the Supreme Soviets as members of the Avengers. Vostok was disguised as the Vision and was able to disrupt Darkstar's neurons during battle. But an energy form comprising of Darkstar's Darkforce Energies coupled with the consciousness of the three Winter Guardsmen dolled out penance to him ans his co-conspirators Steel Guardian and Fantasma for their actions, trapping them within the darkness construct until Captain America freed their minds.
Vostok was created by Mark Gruenwald, Kieron Dwyer and Al Milgrom in 1989 and first appeared in Captain America # 352.
Some years later, Vostok and his teammates now known as the People's Protectorate join forces with Alpha Flight and the Avengers to battle a group of Atlanteans in an attempt to prevent terrorists from causing an international incident. Vostok and the rest of his Protectorate teammates would come into conflict with the Hulk and the Pantheon over a Russian scientist named Ivan Drenkov. Eventually the People's Protectorate would break up and its members including Vostok would merged with the Soviet Super Soldiers to form the new Russian team, Winter Guard.
Powers & Abilities
Vostok is an amalgamation of human, alien and computer technology that can control all forms of machinery. A synthezoid that has the ability to manipulate mechanical system in many conceivable ways. He has shown the ability to disarm missiles, bombs and other ballistics or firearms. Changing the physical structure of any mechanical system, shape it and manipulate its size at will; for example, taking control of an Atlantean craft and using it to form a restraint against a colossal adversary like Orka. And if used on himself, Vostok can simulate a form of mechanized healing factor. He can also link or interface with any mechanical system to take control of it. Either to gather information or commandeer its operating systems, ranging from mechanical and digital overclock's to rewiring the neural electric signals within an organic mind. He can also fire beams of energy from his hands & eyes for ranged attacks and has the ability to fly under his own power.