Vance Astro is a male comic superhero who features in Marvel Comics.
Vance Astro was a male human who was native to an alternate reality that was designated as Earth-691 in the Multiverse. In this timeline, mankind had begun its early exploration of space by 1988 with a small colony on the Moon and the first landings occurring on Mars. During this time, Vance Astro grew to adulthood where he was once involved with a woman named Betina Marsh. However, their relationship did not last as he was intent in exploring space whereas she wanted a normal life. Around this time, Major Vance Astro volunteered to take part in the exploration mission to another star system. As humanity lacked FTL capabilities, the journey had to be done over a long period of time with Astro being placed in preservation for the 1,000 year projected journey. Around 200 years after the launch, mankind had discovered Harkovian physics that allowed them to travel through space and began to colonise space. By the time Astro's ship arrived at the target world, humanity had already formed a colony there thus making his mission pointless though he was hailed a hero by mankind. (Marvel Super-Heroes v1 #18)
Personality and attributes
Powers and abilities
He came to learn to harness psychic energy that he could use to achieve a variety of feats such as giving him the ability to fly with him able to extend this to others. (Marvel Super-Heroes v1 #18)
As part of his mission, he had his blood drained and replaced with a preservative fluid in order to survive the thousand year space journey. This forced him to wear a special suit designed to protect him from the effects of aging and a puncture could cause him to regress to old age quickly thus killing him. (Marvel Super-Heroes v1 #18)
- Vance Astro was created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan where he made his first appearance in Marvel Super-Heroes v1 #18 (January, 1969).
- In Giant-Size Defenders v1 #5 (1975), the Earth-616 version of the character was introduced into the mainstream universe with this one being known as Vance Astrovik.
In other media
- Marvel Super-Heroes v1:
- Guardians of the Galaxy v1:
- Defenders v1:
- Guardians of the Galaxy v2:
- Guardians 3000 v1:
- Guardians of Infinity v1: