Real Name: Bradley Kroon
Identity/Class: Unrevealed; presumably mutated human
Occupation: Professional criminal
Group Membership: Crimson Cowl (Justine Hammer)'s Masters of Evil
Affiliations: Aftershock, Borya Cich, Ember, Griffin, Griz, Lightmaster, Mandrill, Quicksand, Remlik, Ruby Thursday, Schizoid Man, Silk Fever, Vic Slaughter, Supercharger, Whirlwind
Enemies: Avengers Academy (Finesse, Hazmat, Mettle, Reptil, Striker, Veil), Avengers Unity Squad (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Havok/Alex Summers, Rogue, Thor Odinson), Jeremy Briggs, Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Giant-Man (Hank Pym), Guardsmen, Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Hostess Fruit Pies, Justice (Vance Astrovik), MI13 (Black Knight/Dane Whitman, Pete Wisdom, Excalibur/Faiza Hussain, others), Speedball (Robert Baldwin), Thunderbolts (Atlas, Charcoal, Citizen V (Helmut Zemo), Hawkeye, Jolt, Mach-1, Songbird, Techno), X-Men (Mimic, Rogue)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Pace Federal Penitentiary;
formerly a prison in Upstate New York;
formerly the Raft, Ryker's Island;
First Appearance: Hostess Pie
Advertisement in the January, 1980 Marvel Comics, such as
the title of that story/ad was "The Icemaster Cometh"
Powers/Abilities: Icemaster can generate tremendous amounts of cold and ice. He can also apparently reshape parts of his own icy body into weaponry, such as maces. He is vulnerable to intense heat, and to the sweet, sweet taste of Hostess Pies.
Weight: 300 lbs.
History: (Hostess Pie Advertisement in Avengers I#191) - Seeking to create another ice age, the Icemaster had frozen much of New York City, only to face the Human Torch. Thinking quickly, the Torch threw the Icemaster some Hostess Fruit Pies, causing his ice to melt and prompting his effective surrender.
(Thunderbolts I#24-25) - The Icemaster was one of 25 villains who joined the second Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil. The Masters planned to extort billions from the world's governments through their weather-control technology, but their base was infiltrated by the Thunderbolts. The Icemaster, like all the villains except for Crimson Cowl, Cyclone, and Man-Killer, was beaten by the Thunderbolts and presumably jailed.
(Thunderbolts I#158/Herc#3/Fear Itself: Homefront#2/1 (fb) - BTS) - Icemaster along with Aftershock, Ember, Living Laser, and Whirlwind, stole a craft and made a run for it, determined to wreak havoc.
(Fear Itself: Homefront#2/1) - The villains attacked the town of Stamford, CT, where Living Laser blasted over a church steeple and the others tortured civilians. When Speedball attacked, Living Laser blasted him multiple times and they soon defeated the hero, but the villains chose to run for it. As they departed, Living Laser ridiculed Icemaster about consuming too many fruit pies.
(Avengers Academy#20) - Icemaster, Aftershock and Ember were caught after a fight with Giant-Man, Justice, Speedball and Avengers Academy students when Jeremy Briggs knocked them all out. Briggs melted Icemaster's ice, revealing his true form.
(X-Men Legacy#275 (fb) - BTS) - Icemaster was transferred to a prison in Upstate New York.
(X-Men Legacy#275) - Ruby Thursday, Griffin, Schizoid Man, Icemaster, Quicksand, Silk Fever, Supercharger, and Lightmaster staged a prison break, but were stopped by Rogue and Mimic, as well as Guardsmen.
(Gambit V#17 - BTS) - Icemaster was transferred to Pace Federal Penitentiary.
(Gambit V#17) - Icemaster was one of the prisoners, which also included Griz, Lightmaster, Mandrill, Vic Slaughter and Supercharger, taking Borya Cich's offer to kill Gambit, who had broken into the prison, for one million dollars or 100,000 for aiding in his death. He participated in the battle and iced him up, but Gambit broke out of the iceblock. The fight was soon joined by Gambit's friends from MI13 and the Avengers Unity Squad. The prisoners failed to kill Gambit.
Comments: Created by unknown;
slightly redesigned and introduced in a "mainstream" story by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley
*Ahem* Y'see, Thunderbolts#24-25 was part of a "name the first appearances" contest, and I'm guessing Kurt Busiek wanted to make it really tough to get 'em all. And of course, this means all those Hostess ad villains are now in-continuity....(and a master profile of all of them are on their way from Kyle Smith!)
Hey, I'm not sure that Hostess Fruit Pies are his Enemy! No one in their right mind could hate them!! A weakness, yes, an enemy...I don't know. ; ) --Snood
Cary theorizes: Could Professor Sinkowitz, the anti-communist superpatriot formerly known as the Cold Warrior, have been mutated by his Skrullified gear? Furthermore, since the break of the Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil, could he be committing crimes while masquerading as the most recent Blizzard?
You can get the whole story, and some clever commentary from Seanbaby's The Hostess Page. It might not meet with the Comics Code Authority's approval, so kids, ask your parents before checking that out!
In today's Comic Book Legends Revealed, there's a discussion of Frank Miller's early work - and
one of his earliest pieces was the Hostess strip that introduced the
Icemaster! It also notes that he named the character, because, as per a
Roger Stern quote in the article:
"Frank's Torch ad originally had him fighting a villain the agency
named Iceman. Yeah, they had no idea that Marvel already had an Iceman
character. Frank caught that and designed the villain we wound up called
"Icemaster" (which sounds as though it should be a Ronco
So if and when Miller ever returns to Marvel, I definitely want to see
him use this guy. "What, are you dense? Are you retarded or something?
Who the hell do you think I am? I'm the goddamn Icemaster."
Icemaster could be the Ice-Monster or a member of the Glacier Men or the Ice-Creatures or since it was never explained how he lost the real power he had as Jack Frost in Incredible Hulk II#249 (July, 1980) perhaps the Icemaster is Gregor Shapanka (if Madame Masque can have a Bio-Duplicate die in her place so can he). Plus the original Jack Frost and the White Monster could also be members of the Glacier Men or Ice Creatures (they could also both be faces in the crowd or one could be the Ice-Monster).
Icemaster received a handbook profile in OHotMU A to Z Update#5 (2010). Though his origin stayed unrevealed a few assumptions were made including that he was an animated ice statue created by Shapanka, a native of Silocus, a remnant of Nebulon's "Frozen Man", a descendant of Frost Giants, an ice-demon from Boreas, an Ice-Devil or something else completely. I vote for some kind of mutate after Avengers Academy#20 revealed him to be pretty much human beneath the ice.
The Avengers Academy entry in Avengers: Roll Call revealed his real name.
Main image scan by MarvellousLuke.
Profile by Omar Karindu.
Clarifications: Icemaster is not to be confused with:
images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Update#5, Icemaster profile (main image)
Hostess Fruit ad, pan5 (Icemaster head shot)
Avengers Academy#20, p9, pan2 (human head shot)
Hostess Fruit ad, pan3 (Icemaster VS Human Torch)
Hostess Fruit ad, pan6 (Icemaster with Hostess Fruit Pies)
Thunderbolts#24, p22, pan2 (Icemaster with the Masters of Evil)
Hostess Fruti Ad (January, 1980) - Frank Miller
Thunderbolts#24-25 (March-April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (#24), Bob Wiacek (#25) & Al Vey (#25) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fear Itself: Homefront#2/1 (July, 2011) - Christos Gage (writer), Mike Mayhew (penciler/inker), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Herc#3 (July, 2011) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Neil Edwards (breakdowns), Scott Hanna (finishes), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Thunderbolts I#158 (August, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Avengers Academy#20 (December, 2011) - Christos Gage (writer), Tom Raney (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
X-Men Legacy#275 (2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (penciler), Jordi Tarragona (inker), Dan Ketchum (editor)
Gambit V#17 (November, 2013) - James Asmus (writer), Clay Mann (breakdowns/finishes), Jay Leisten & Ed Tadeo (finishes), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Last updated: 05/26/14
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