All-American Comics #90 (October 1947)
Infinity, Inc. #34
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Dr. Joar Mahkent
Average athlete and hand-to-hand combatant; cold ray gun; special costume to protect from gun.
Cold manipulation and generation
Icicle is the name of two fictional supervillains appearing in comic books published by DC Comics: Joar Mahkent and Cameron Mahkent (father and son; to differentiate between the two, the suffixes, Senior and Junior, are used).
A version of the character appeared in the fifth season of The Flash, played by actor Kyle Secor. This version is Thomas Snow who is the father of Caitlin Snow. Icicle also appeared on the first season of Stargirl as Jordan Mahkent, the main antagonist and leader of the Injustice Society, played by Neil Jackson while Hunter Sansone appears as his son Cameron Mahkent.
Fictional character biographies
Dr. Joar Mahkent
When noted European physicist Dr. Joar Mahkent arrived in America with his latest scientific discovery, spectators at dockside were astonished to witness the luxury liner upon which Mahkent was traveling suddenly frozen solid in Gotham Harbor. Investigating this phenomenon, the original Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was shocked by the sight of Dr. Mahkent shot dead in his stateroom, apparently the victim of Lanky Leeds, a notorious racketeer who was reportedly traveling on the same ship. Thus, when the bizarrely costumed criminal known as the Icicle appeared upon the scene later that same day, wielding a unique weapon capable of instantly freezing solid any moisture in the air, Green Lantern presumed he was actually Lanky Leeds, who had stolen Doctor Mahkent's invention. After several frustrating encounters, Green Lantern ultimately unmasked the Icicle as Joar Mahkent himself, who had, in fact, murdered Lanky Leeds, using his cold ray gun to temporarily disguise Leeds' face as his own. Attempting to escape from Green Lantern, the Icicle leaped off a 20-story building and apparently plunged to his death in the Gotham River far below.
Actually, the Icicle survived his fall into the river, and returned to plague the Emerald Gladiator time and time again, eventually becoming a member of the Wizard's second Injustice Society of the World which succeeded in briefly hypnotizing the Justice Society of America. During their Patriotic Crimes, the Icicle stole the Washington Monument. Later he was a founding member of the Crime Champions of Two Earths, along with the Wizard and the Fiddler, which teamed up with a trio of crooks from Earth-1 after the Fiddler accidentally discovered a way to travel between worlds. The Icicle committed a million-dollar robbery on Earth-2 and escaped Hourman and Doctor Fate. He was defeated by Doctor Fate while robbing a museum on Earth-1. The Justice League and the Justice Society were captured and imprisoned in cages in space by the Crime Champions though, but escaped with the help of the Green Lanterns. All the villains were then captured.
The storyline Batman: Hush revealed that, as young children, Bruce Wayne and Thomas Elliot witnessed a fight between Alan Scott and the Icicle during a visit in Metropolis, which inspired both of them to consider the importance of the tactical expertise that they would use in their future costumed careers.
Joar Mahkent has been identified as one of the deceased entombed below the Hall of Justice.
Cameron Mahkent has no need for a 'cold gun', as his father's prolonged exposure to the weapon altered his genetics, allowing him to biologically pass down to his son the ability to freeze objects and people or to lower the temperature of a room or other area. Cameron's skin pigmentation was also affected, making him appear to be albino.
Cameron became the second Icicle shortly before joining the Wizard's Injustice Unlimited group. It was during the period of the DC mini-series Legends (1986), the people of America were turned against their heroes, and a law was made that no one could operate as a crimefighter legally wearing a costume. This did not affect the villains much, as they were already breaking the law. For the new Icicle, it proved an opportune time to join with other super-criminals. He joined the Wizard in his new Injustice Society – called Injustice Unlimited. The group overcame the security at the International Trade Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada... namely Infinity, Inc. and a contingent of the Global Guardians and forced the heroes to help in some mayhem. The Icicle was given the mission of finding and retrieving the man-monster called Solomon Grundy. He took with him the still hypnotized Icemaiden and Jade and they traveled to the Arctic Circle. They were successful in the mission and brought back the white behemoth to Calgary, just in time to interfere with the escape plans of the Wizard. The plan of blackmailing the wealthy businessmen went haywire when Hourman (Rick Tyler) revived and freed himself. In the confusion of the battle, however, Cameron was able to escape.
Only weeks later he again joined with Artemis and Hazard, as well as the new Harlequin, the Dummy and Solomon Grundy. The Dummy wanted to head a revived Injustice Unlimited and planned to murder the members of Infinity Inc. to make a name for themselves. Their first target - Skyman - was successfully killed by the Harlequin and then Icicle went after Brainwave Jr. After believing the mental mutant dead the Icicle returned to his cohorts. A plan was hatched to bring all the remaining Infinitors to Stellar Studios and kill them, a plan defeated only by the unwillingness of Hazard to cooperate, and the sudden reappearance of Brainwave Jr. and Jade (both of whom had been thought dead). The Icicle nearly killed Brainwave Jr. in hand-to-hand combat but was knocked out by Jade. In the end Cameron was given over to law enforcement.
Later, after he engaged in battle against the second Star-Spangled Kid, S.T.R.I.P.E. and Starman, he joined the new Injustice Society at the invitation of Johnny Sorrow, who released him from his prison cell. During Stealing Thunder, when the Ultra-Humanite remade the world after acquiring control of Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt, he was forced to help the 'reserve JSA'- consisting of Captain Marvel, Hourman, the third Crimson Avenger, Power Girl, Sand and Jakeem Thunder- against the Ultra-Humanite, since they were the only other people free in the world created by the Ultra-Humanite. He was later offered a position in the JSA by Sand but turned him down saying that he only fought with Sand for his own reasons.
Cameron does not care about his father's Golden age villainous legacy. He became a villain, not because of legacy, but because he's not a nice guy. He is a far more ruthless foe than his predecessor. He has begun a relationship with his teammate, the Tigress.
As part of the Superman/Batman "Public Enemies" arc, the Icicle is part of a multi-villain attack on Superman and Batman in Washington D.C.. Despite working with other cold themed villains such as Killer Frost and Captain Cold and having the backing of President Lex Luthor, the Icicle and all the villains are soundly defeated.
Icicle and Tigress appear in the "Hourman and Liberty Belle" Second Feature in JSA All Stars. The story involves them alternately working with and against the heroic couple in a quest to locate a magical artifact. He and Tigress are expecting a baby, which appears to threaten Tigress' health. Icicle is trying to 'raise' money for expensive treatments.
In 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. The Green Team encountered Icicle on a meteor which he hijacked from Bellachek Temple to give to his client. He begins to attack the Green Team by freezing their shuttle. As Icicle continues his attack, he kills Paul who recognizes Icicle as Cameron. Icicle continues the attack until the meteor breaks into different fragments.
James and Doyle Christie
Joar Mahkent's grandchildren briefly adopt their grandfather's name. James Christie, having adopted Joar's methods, is caught by Doyle Christie who briefly becomes a superhero.
Justice League Adventures
Based in the DC animated universe, the Joar Mahkent version of Icicle is part of a group of ice-themed villains called the "Cold Warriors" which also consisted of Captain Cold, Cryonic Man, Killer Frost, Minister Blizzard, Mr. Freeze, Polar Lord, and Snowman. They tried to overthrow the small African nation of Bijouti.
DC Super Friends
Based in the DC Super Friends universe, the Cameron Mahkent version of Icicle is part of a group of ice-themed villains called the "Ice Pack" which consists of Blue Snowman, Captain Cold, Killer Frost, Minister Blizzard, and Mr. Freeze. They plot involved them encasing a city in ice and snow.
In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, the Cameron Mahkent version of Icicle is a member of Deathstroke's pirates. Icicle aided Deathstroke in attacking Warlord's fleet. After an attack by Aquaman and Ocean Master, Icicle was asked by Sonar to free him, which Icicle agreed to do. After Warlord's ships were destroyed by Jenny Blitz, Icicle joined in a mutiny against Deathstroke, but Deathstroke and Blitz overheard this and killed the crew members for their treachery. Icicle is killed by having his head blown off by Blitz.
In other media
- The Super Friends version of Icicle appeared in the 1980s "Post Super Heroes Create a Villain Contest" cereal commercial.
- A character based on Icicle called Dr. Blizzard appears in the Justice League animated series episode "Legends", voiced by Corey Burton.
- Both versions of Icicle appear in the Smallville live-action series two-part episode "Absolute Justice", with Cameron Mahkent portrayed by Wesley MacInnes and Joar Mahkent portrayed by Gardiner Millar. Under Amanda Waller's order Cameron murders Sylvester Pemberton / Star-Spangled Kid and Sandman. After killing Doctor Fate, Cameron went to see the bed-ridden, vegetative Joar. After revealing his plans, he pulled the plug on his father before donning Doctor Fate's helmet. Crashing into the Watchtower, he attacks and fights members of the JSA and Justice League before the Martian Manhunter intervenes and helps the heroes defeat Cameron. After Hawkman removes the helmet, Cameron is subsequently imprisoned in a heated room in a Checkmate facility, where Waller reveals he succeeded in bringing the team back together so they could save the world from "a coming apocalypse". Cameron protests, but Waller shoots and apparently kills him.
- Both versions of Icicle appear in the Young Justice animated series, with Cameron Mahkent (called Icicle Jr.) voiced by Yuri Lowenthal and Joar Mahkent voiced by James Remar. Cameron first appeared in "Independence Day", wreaking havoc on a bridge in Star City until he is defeated by Green Arrow and Speedy. In "Terrors", Joar, Icicle Jr., and several ice-based villains plan to break out of Belle Reve prison. While Miss Martian and Superboy foil the breakout, Icicle Sr. is revealed to have been working with Hugo Strange and the Light to help the former become the prison's warden. In "Beneath", Icicle Jr. is assigned to join Psimon, Mammoth, Shimmer, and Devastation in guarding a shipment of children for the Reach, only to be foiled by members of the Team. In "Darkest", Icicle Jr. is sent with Aqualad, Tigress, and the Terror Twins on a mission to attack Impulse and Blue Beetle before eventually retreating. In "True Heroes", he joins Onslaught to guard a metahuman auction, only to be defeated by Superboy.
- A variation of Icicle appears in season five of The CW's live-action series The Flash, portrayed by Kyle Secor. This version is Dr. Thomas Snow, the father of Caitlin Snow. The first half of season five sees Caitlin looking for her father, who had supposedly died 20 years earlier, after discovering that his death certificate was faked. In the episode "The Icicle Cometh", Caitlin, Barry Allen, and Cisco Ramon find Thomas and learn that he was attempting to find a cure for his and Caitlin's ALS gene, which resulted in them both gaining ice powers. However, he claimed that unlike his daughter, who developed a split personality called "Killer Frost", he never developed one and is dying; with a serum based on Caitlin's D.N.A. being the only cure. Eventually however, Team Flash discovers that he did develop an alternate personality, later dubbed "Icicle", who was in control of Thomas's body the whole time and that he needed the serum to kill his other self. Icicle's plan is foiled when Killer Frost reemerges and destroys the serum, forcing him to flee. Icicle returns in the episode "Snow Pack", intending to eliminate Caitlin and her mother Carla's human sides. Just as Icicle is about to do so, Thomas suddenly finds the strength to return to his human form. When Caitlin is attacked by the supervillain Cicada, Thomas sacrifices himself to save Caitlin and dies in her arms.
- A variation of Joar Mahkent named Jordan Mahkent appears in the live-action DC Universe series Stargirl, portrayed by Neil Jackson. This version is portrayed as the leader of the Injustice Society of America who lost his wife Christine (portrayed by Amanda Lavasanni) due to an illness and is supported in his campaign by his parents Sofus and Lily (portrayed by Jim Franco and Kay Galvan respectively). In the pilot episode, ten years prior to the series, Icicle led the ISA's attack on the Justice Society of America's headquarters; fatally wounding their leader Starman himself. In the years since, he settled down in Blue Valley as a businessman in his civilian identity and became the founder of Blue Valley business, The American Dream. In the episode "S.T.R.I.P.E.", Icicle meets with Injustice Society member Steven Sharpe to discuss the rise of Starman's successor, Stargirl. In his self-titled episode, Icicle engaged Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. in battle, which led to the murder of fellow ISA member Wizard's son. When Icicle's associate confronted him about what happened, he froze him. In the episode "The Justice Society," Icicle meets with the ISA to determine how to handle Stargirl after she starts rebuilding the JSA. In the two-part season one finale, "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.", Icicle leads the ISA in enacting "Project: New America", but Stargirl's JSA foil their plans. After sustaining damage while fighting her and S.T.R.I.P.E., Icicle was shattered by Mike Dugan using his dad's truck.
- Cameron Mahkent also appears in the show, portrayed by Hunter Sansone in the present and Roger Dale Floyd as a child. This version is a student at Blue Valley High School and classmate of Stargirl's. In "The Justice Society", he develops his own cryokinetic powers after using his breath to extinguish a candle during a memorial dinner for Christine.
- The Cameron Mahkent incarnation of Icicle was reportedly featured in David S. Goyer's script for the Green Arrow film project, Super Max.
- The Cameron Mahkent incarnation of Icicle appears in the animated film Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, with his grunts provided by Michael Gough. He joins forces with ice-themed supervillains Mr. Freeze, Killer Frost, and Captain Cold to claim the $1 billion bounty on Superman. After a brief fight with Batman, they are all defeated by Superman.
- The Flashpoint version of Joar Mahkent / Icicle appears in the animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Unlike in the comics, Icicle is killed by Atlantean soldiers during Aquaman's attack on Deathstroke's ship, the Ravager.
The Young Justice version of Cameron Mahkent / Icicle appears as a boss in Young Justice: Legacy, with Yuri Lowenthal reprising the role. He and Sportsmaster attempt to secure a piece of an ancient statue in Verhoyansk for the Light. While Sportsmaster preys on Cameron's issues with his father to make him work more efficiently, they are defeated by the Team.
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