Icicles

Joar created by Irwin Hasen & Robert Kanigher
Cameron created by Dann Thomas, Roy Thomas and Todd McFarlane

Icicle I

NAME + ALIASES:
Joar Mahkent

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Anna MacDonald (wife, deceased), Cameron Mahkent (Icicle II, son), unnamed child(ren), Doyle Christie (granddaughter), James Christie (grandson, deceased), Lenora MacDonald (sister-in-law)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Crime Champions, Injustice Society of the World

FIRST APPEARANCE:
All-American Comics #90 (Oct. 1947)

Icicle II

NAME + ALIASES:
Cameron Mahkent

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Unnamed mother, deceased, Joar Mahkent (Icicle I, father, deceased), unnamed half-sibling(s)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Injustice, Unlimited, Injustice Society

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Infinity, Inc. #34 (January 1987)

History

Dr. Joar Mahkent was a noted European physicist who promised to shock America with his new invention. Upon arriving in America, spectators witnessed his luxury liner freeze solid in Gotham Harbor. Green Lantern I investigated and discovered Mahkent’s corpse. When the criminal Icicle appeared wielding a unique weapon, it was assumed to be Lanky Leeds, a racketeer who was reported to have been traveling on the same ship as Mahkent. After several encounters, Green Lantern finally unmasked Icicle as Dr. Mahkent. He had shot Lanky Leeds and used his cold ray gun to disguise Leeds’ face as his own to throw off suspicion. Attempting to escape, Icicle leaped off the roof of a building and plunged to his apparent death in the Gotham River. (All-American Comics #90, 92)

The Icicle returned to plague the Justice Society as a member of the original Injustice Society. This band was betrayed by the Harlequin, who helped the Black Canary free the JSA. (All-Star Comics #41)

One of the Icicle's battles with Green Lantern, in Metropolis, was witnessed by a young Bruce Wayne. (Batman #611)

Joar continued his career into his older age, usually teamed with others. In the 1950s, he was spotted alongside the Fiddler and the Gambler. This band was brought down by Starman (and oddly, the Shade, behind the scenes). (Starman v.2 #46) He was also one of the first villains to go up against the newly formed Justice League of America. (Justice League: Year One #7)

The Injustice Society reinvented themselves after the formation of the Justice League, teaming with a new generation of villains to form the Crime Champions. (JLofA #21-22; Note: This was the Icicle's first Silver Age) The Injustice Society also remained active off-and-on for years. (JLofA #123-124, 183-185, All-Star Comics #66) He also froze Opal City’s water processing plant, demanding four million dollars to unfreeze it. This scheme was thwarted by the original Star-Spangled Kid. (Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0)

When he grew too old and tired of the life of crime, Joar eventually reformed — for the most part. He relocated to Keystone City and made a fortune as an inventor. At some time after the "golden age," Joar fathered a child by an unnamed woman. His prolonged exposure to his freeze gun caused a mutation in the child, and the mother died in childbirth. His son, Cameron Mahkent was left in the care of an orphanage. (Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0) Later, Joar married an heiress named Anna MacDonald. They had at least one child, and eventually two grandchildren. (Flash v.2 #56)

During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Icicle aided an army of super-villains in raiding the laboratory of the renegade Oan named Krona. Icicle’s luck had run out, and he died in this encounter. (Crisis #9-10) Anticipating his death, he had made a will which left half his fortune to whomever bore the name "Flash." This fortune went then to Wally West, who used it for charity. Joar once briefly returned, as a spirit. (Hawk & Dove Annual #1)

Joar's estranged son later took his father's name and made his first public appearance as Icicle II alongside the new Injustice, Unlimited. They kidnapped businessmen attending an international trade conference in Calgary, Canada, which brought them into conflict with Infinity, Inc. and the Global Guardians. The plan went awry when Solomon Grundy beat Icicle unconscious, and Infinity, Inc. member Jade showed up to capture Cameron. Injustice, Unlimited was defeated soon after, but Icicle managed to escape and go into hiding. (Infinity, Inc. #34-35)

Cameron's career has, in ways, mirrored his father's. He appears on his own and frequently with the newest incarnation of the Injustice Society. He was thwarted by Starman Jack Knight and the second Star-Spangled Kid while attempting to steal some polar bears for his hideout from the Opal City Zoo. (Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0) Johnny Sorrow's Injustice Society was a major threat to the new JSA. (JSA #9) But Sorrow himself was an unstable madman, and the Society were sent to prison. (JSA #16-20)

Soon after this, the Ultra-Humanite took control of the Thunderbolt and enslaved Earth's strongest heroes. During this time, the Icicle found himself on the side of an underground band of heroes. He was the one who successfully freed Sand and this small band eventually defeated Ultra. (JSA #33-37)

After things returned to normal, the Icicle refused Sand's request to lead an honest life. Cameron explained that he had only helped the JSA because of circumstance. Unlike his father, whom he considered "soft," Cameron was a self-admitted bad seed who lacked all conscience for his evil actions. He was soon again free and among the Injustice Society. (JSA: All Stars #1)

He was also among the villains who attempted to collect the billion dollar bounty President Luthor placed on Superman's head. (Superman/Batman #3)

+ Powers

The original Icicle possessed a powerful cold ray gun, a device capable of instantly freezing any moisture in the air into ice. The cold ray gun could also freeze living beings in place by solidifying the moisture in their bodies and temporarily placing them in suspended animation. He wore a specially insulated suit to protect him from the effects of this deadly weapon.

His son is a metahuman who can generate intense cold from his body itself. He can freeze living beings by solidifying the water in their bodies and temporarily placing them in suspended animation. He can also solidify moisture in the air to create icicles, which he uses as projectile weapons.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:

Joar:

  • All-American Comics #90, 92
  • All-Star Comics #41, 63-66
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #9-10
  • Flash v.2 #56
  • The Golden Age #1
  • Justice League of America #21, 22, 123, 124, 139, 183-185, 219, 220

Cameron:

  • Infinity, Inc. #34, 35, 51-53
  • JSA #16-20, 33-37
  • JSA: All Stars #1
  • Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0
  • Superman/Batman #3

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