Katrina Luisa Van Horn
|Citizen of an un-named eastern European country with a criminal record in the United States.|
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Paraplegic human augmented by a strength-augmenting exoskeleton providing mobility and superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability.
Note: There is evidence to suggest that Van Horn may have full physical mobility and undergone physical augmentation.
Strength-Augmenting Exoskeleton: Designed by Advanced Idea Mechanics to provide mobility and increased strength.
|Thunderbolts Vol. 1|
|Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1 #8 (April, 1973)|
|Gerry Conway & Jim Mooney|
Katrina Luisa Van Horn was a champion skier from Eastern Europe. Competing in the Winter Olympics, Van Horn overheard a male rival denigrate women athletes. She challenged the chauvinist to a race that night, but in the course of the competition he abruptly cut her off as they skied down the mountain. In the resultant fall, her competitor was killed and Van Horn was crippled.
Nearly driven insane with bitterness and anger, Van Horn's plight was noticed by agents of the subversive scientific organization called Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.), who was financing a militant feminist group.
Recruiting Van Horn, the organization funded her lengthy rehabilitation process and equipped her with a powerful exoskeleton that granted mobility and superhuman strength. Focusing her anger against all men, Van Horn became the criminal assassin known as Man-Killer.
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