Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly none
Identity/Class: Creature of unknown origins (possibly Asgardian dragon)
Occupation: Imprisoner of Jack Frost
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Captain America, Jack Frost
Known Relatives: Midgard Serpent (father), Hela (aunt), Fenris Wolf (uncle), Loki (grandfather), Angerboda (grandmother), Hoarfen (cousin), Laufey (great-grandfather), Echidna (great-grandmother), Vârcolac (great-grandfather), Phorcys (great-great-grandfather), Ceto (great-great-grandmother), Set (great-great-great-grandfather)
Base of Operations: The North Pole
First Appearance: Captain America I#384 (April, 1991)
Powers: The Iceworm's body is comprised of an ice-like substance, granting it a superhuman level of duability. It is immune to even the most extreme cold temperatures, and assaults its opponents by striking them with its mouth. However, the Iceworm possesses no limbs or eyes, and can be easily disoriented in battle.
History: The Iceworm's origins are unknown, although it has been postulated that it is of Asgardian origin, possibly a creation of the Frost Giants. Around the end of World War 2, the super-hero Jack Frost journeyed to the North Pole in the hopes of learning his origin, but was assaulted there by the Iceworm. Jack grabbed onto the worm's tail, and it devoured its own tail in order to swallow him. Within the worm's body, Jack used his powers of cold upon the worm's heart, to place it into hibernation for several decades.
(Captain America I#384) - In recent times, Captain America journeyed to the North Pole in the hopes of finding his lost comrade D-Man. Striking at a figure frozen in the ice whom he hoped was D-Man, Captain America instead awoke the Iceworm, who swallowed him. However, the figure, Jack Frost himself, had been awakened by Cap's blows, and rescued them both from the worm's stomach.
Captain America and Jack Frost found the worm attacking local inuits, and fought it, but unable to cause any appreciable damage, Jack decided to stop the worm the same way he had before, by latching onto its tail. The Iceworm took the bait, swallowed Jack Frost, and again sunk beneath the ice.
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald and Ron Lim.
Thor postulated that the Iceworm might be the progeny of a Frost Giant and the Midgard Serpent. Along a somewhat similar line is the creature known as the Hoarfen, which apparently was the offspring of Fenris Wolf and a Frost Giant.
At any rate, if it is the offspring of the Midgard Serpent, then some sources would indicate that it would be the grand(son) of Loki and Angerboda--Snood.
by Prime Eternal
The Iceworm should not be confused with:
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Captain America I#384, p10 (Iceworm main image)
Captain America I#384 (April, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 08/25/02
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