2 Feb

Subject: Iceman
Real Name: Bobby Drake
Height: 5’8″ Weight: 145 lbs.
Group Affiliation: X-Men (Gold Strike Force)
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #1, September 1963

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 4/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 4/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

To be honest if I were pacing these cards myself I could see Iceman landing right at number 4 (since I would’ve probably ranked the first few by seniority), so no qualms on my end with regards to that.

I also appreciate the nice explanation of his powers on the character bio, in that he generates the ice by condensing the moisture in the air. This kind of stuff isn’t automatically apparent to an eight year old like I was at the time, and I’m sure I somehow just assumed that he was secreting ice out of his hands like spit out of my mouth.

Unfortunately, the art here is pretty terrible. While the composition and posing are dynamic and powerful, the shading and inking are pretty messy, and there isn’t much aside from his head and coloring that would make you feel like this guy was made of solid ice. He’s just as shiny as the other superheroes in their costumes, and there is none of that angular look that at the time was almost all that distinguished between him and Silver Surfer. His portrait on side 2 is even worse, with the worst case of background cross-hatching a la Liefeld, and the less that can be said about his featureless face the better.

Power Rating-wise, once again I question his Fighting Ability rating of 4/7, since I would not rank it as anywhere near equal to his also 4/7-rating for Energy Projection. This is, after all, the youngest of the original team.

All in all not that surprising for a character that was mainly there for eye candy during this time period, as he wouldn’t be getting a major upgrade until just after Lee and company left, when he developed the power to increase his iced-up size.

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One Response to “04 – ICEMAN”

  1. Joe February 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    I think the power ratings are all about right for Iceman, except the fighting ability rating. Iceman has the same fighting ability as Beast? No way.

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