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Arnold Astrovik

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Arnold Astrovik was the father of the mutant superhero known as Justice (Vance Astrovik).

Arnold was physically abusive towards his son Vance since the age of 13, when Vance's mutant powers started to manifest themselves. It seemed at the time, that Arnold was unable to deal with the fact that his son was different, a mutant, and would constantly try to "beat it out" of him.

During a New Warriors mission that led to a confrontation with the villain known as Gideon, Vance was badly beaten and severly injured. He knew that because of this, there would be yet another confrontation with is father.

Vance interrupted an arguement between his mother and his father Arnold, where his mother had told Arnold that Vance had been injured in a motorcycle accident. Arnold knowing that his wife was lying, and that Vance had been hurt using his mutant powers went into a blind rage, and lashed out at Vance, punching him in the face.

Exhausted, injured, and enraged, Vance struck out at his father with his telekentic mutant powers, accidentally blasting him through the walls of their home.

70% of the bones in Arnold's body were completey crushed, and even though doctor's tried desperately to save him, he died because of those injuries. It was this incident that led Vance being found guilty of neglegent homicide and being sentenced to The Vault for 14 months.

During an encounter with the original Sphinx, the New Warriors were separated through-out time. Vance found himself thirty years in the past, when his father Arnold, was only a teenager. Seeing his father Arnold, being treated badly by his grandfather, Vance decided to investigate matters further. After Arnold ran out of the house one day while his own father was screaming at him, Vance followed his father to a small club. Inside the club, he saw Arnold embrace another man, and realized that Arnold was in fact gay.

Knowing the danger it posed to himself, Vance tried to change the past and help his father accept who he really was. It proved futile, as Arnold followed his own father's wishes, and claimed that his being gay was just a phase he was going through. It seemed destined that the cycle of abuse would continue.

Realizing now why his father was always so angry and abusive, Vance felt sorrow for Arnold, and although he realized it didn't excuse Arnold's behaviour towards him, it finally made sense why he seemed to hate him so much. In many ways, Arnold was just like his own son.

Named "Tom" in his first appearance.

First Appearance: Giant-Size Defenders (1974) #5

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Issue Appearances:
Darkhawk (1991)
Giant-Size Defenders (1974)
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
Justice: Four Balance (1994)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
The New Warriors (1990)

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