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Apples and Oranges and a Few Decades In-between

So after gushing over that Buscema/Sutton piece a few posts ago, I’d like to offer something entirely different. Now, I understand this page is meant to convey something entirely different from the Man-Thing page. I also respect Humberto Ramos and am not trying to blow a single lackluster page out of proportion. That said, this page does not thrill me. In fact, it leaves me longing for those Sutton finishes we saw before. Where does this page take place? The vacuum of space would have some stars and shit in the background right? Is it the Negative Zone? Where is the background? Also, is that Iceman? I know the X characters have gone through some shit over the past decade, but hell, this dude looks like Shatteredglassman.

Am I alone in thinking this page wouldn’t have lost any of its intended emotional resonance if there had been some backgrounds? I don’t think it would have stolen away from the “moment” to know what planet they were on.*

*All apologies if this scene actually takes place in the Negative Zone, or if the colorist came in and created a vivid world using only shades of purple.

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Ice, Ice Baby.

Believe it or not, Vanilla Ice wasn’t always the whitest Ice around.

Since 1963, that honor has been held by Bobby Drake of the X-men. How white was he? So white that when he got his first solo mini-series in 1984, it was emo before emo existed.

4 issues of existential angst, in which Iceman falls in love with the daughter of one of Marvel’s cosmic entities, travels back in time and meets his parents, accidentally writes himself out of existence, and pretty much whines the whole time.

Word to your mother, indeed.

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Ice v.2

A really cool original art piece from way back that has an unfortunate price tag. Fittingly.

This will be short and sweet, but kind of defines the man, the myth, the loser – Robert Louis Drake. 

In his early appearances, Iceman generally covered his body in a thick layer of what appeared to be snow; hence he looked more like a traditional snowman than an ice-man. Upon further training in the use of his powers, he was able to fashion an armor of solid ice around his body when using his powers, which afforded him some degree of protection against concussive force and projectiles; he apparently became slightly transparent when doing this, as Cyclops jokingly compared him to Susan Storm.

PICK 5: Iceman

Inspired by the snow? Yeah, I like that. 

Howzabout some Iceman. No, not Val Kilmer. Not Chuck Liddell either. This guy.

 

Bobby Drake. Lovable loser? Maybe not even lovable. I always liked Iceman, but of the original five X-Men, he’s the only one who never really established as a major character. He hasn’t been a relevant figure in the X-Men comics in the past ten years… but there’s always tomorrow. That said, here’s my pick for the best Iceman stories I’ve read. 


5. THE CHAMPIONS #1 . Hercules, Ghost Rider, Angel, Black Widow, and Iceman. Bobby Drake goes to UCLA (Go Bruins!) and ice-slides his way into “the most sensational new super-group of all!” Okay, okay. Got jokes. 

4. UNCANNY X-MEN #18. Iceman is all that stands between Magneto and… uhh Magneto using Xavier’s sophistimicated computer machines to isolate the genes of Angel’s parents! This is actually a great issue of the classic X-Men, I’ve enjoyed it in collected form, but the summary of this found online really gives good removed perspective of how uncool Iceman really is. 

“He confronts Iceman, magnetically hurls objects at him, but Iceman quickly builds a slide to hurl the objects back at Magneto. He then takes the slide as a sled and races out of the room. Magneto follows, but slips on the ice and glides down an ice tube Iceman has made, leading him outside the school and into an igloo. Iceman tries to escape the igloo, but Magneto magnetically seals it shut” (X-Obsessed

3. AMAZING X-MEN #1-4 (Age Of Apocalypse mini-series). This series shows an alternaverse take on Bobby Drake, where his happy go lucky banter is replaced with doom and gloom. And it works. This artistic rendition of him is also much more engaging than the “fresh out of the ice tray” look he is so commonly associated with. Props to Joe Mad and Andy Kubert for really nailing it in the Age of Apocalypse titles. 

2. UNCANNY X-MEN #314. Long story short, this is a very important issue. It helped bring Emma Frost to the side of the angels in the x-books and define Iceman from that point forward. Frost transfers her consciousness into Iceman, and his into her comatose body. She utilizes his powers in the omega class ways that he never could or would… then he feels like a loser because of this. He hasn’t gotten over it. Really. Must read.

1. X-FACTOR #63 + #64. The Best Iceman Story Ever Told. Little glory in that honor, but it is what it is nonetheless. Part of the underrated Whilce Portacio run on X-Factor, this tells maybe the only Iceman focused storyline that showcases him as 1) interesting 2) heroic 3) not a total goober. Great art, good use of ninjas, and the only time I have ever read an Iceman story and said “More of that!”

 

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