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Memory Monday: Cold War Pathos, Super-hero Style!

Here’s the story: Soviet super-hero Leonid Kovar (code-named Red Star) comes to America to kill a young, female Soviet national who, it turns out, is unknowingly spreading a virulent pathogen in New York. Due to a misunderstanding (of course!), he ends up fighting the Teen Titans, who can’t let him just execute this innocent dupe.

In particular, Kid Flash (who, in the eighties, was the rare politically conservative super-hero) clashes with Kovar, decrying his cold, Russian adherence to duty.

By the end of the story, the girl — Maladi — has been stopped and her victims saved, though she herself succumbs to the pathogen she was carrying. And then…

Boom! In your face, Kid Flash!

Gotta love Wonder Girl’s facepalm in the background of that last panel.

(From New Teen Titans #18, April 1982. Story by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Art by George Perez and Romeo Tanghal.)

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