Blizzard (comics)

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Blizzard is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Universe and a member of Iron Man's rogues gallery.

Publication history[edit]

Created by Stan Lee and Don Heck, the first Blizzard (Gregor Shapanka) appeared as Jack Frost in Tales of Suspense #45 (September 1963), and as Blizzard beginning in Iron Man #86 (May 1976). He was killed off in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 (November 1986). The second Blizzard (Donnie Gill, created by David Michelinie and Bob Layton) first appeared in Iron Man #223 (October 1987). The third incarnation, Randy Macklin, appeared in the Marvel Holiday Special (January 1994) and was created by Steven Grant and Pat Broderick.

Fictional character biographies[edit]

Gregor Shapanka[edit]

Blizzard
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales of Suspence #45
(September 1963)
Created by Stan Lee
Don Heck
In-story information
Full name Gregor Shapanka
Notable aliases Jack Frost
Abilities Cold and water manipulation

Gregor Shapanka is a Hungarian scientist obsessed with immortality, and decides that the study of cryonics is the first step towards his goal. Shapanka takes a job at Stark Industries to fund his research, and attempts to steal from Tony Stark. After being caught and fired, he creates a suit with cold-generating devices and is dubbed "Jack Frost" by the newspapers. He tries to raid Stark Industries, but is defeated by Iron Man.[1]

Several years later Shapanka returns, using the alias "Blizzard". He again tries to steal from Stark Industries, and is again defeated by Iron Man.[2]

Shortly thereafter, Shapanka reconstructs his cold suit in prison. When Electro uses his electrical powers to break out of the adjoining cell Shapanka is caught in the blast and the suit is fused to his body. Electro and the Blizzard then join forces to take over the Daily Bugle, but are stopped by Spider-Man and Daredevil.[3]

Several months later, criminal mastermind Justin Hammer hires Blizzard to join an army of supervillains and battle Iron Man (who defeats Blizzard twice in a matter of days).[4]

Shapanka then briefly resumes his identity as Jack Frost, and battles the Hulk.[5]

Blizzard mistakes a villainous version of Iron Man from 2020 for the contemporary Iron Man and tries to ambush him. The future Iron Man, however, is on an urgent mission and kills the Blizzard instantly with a repulsor blast.[6]

Donald Gill[edit]

Blizzard
BlizzardDonnieGill.jpg
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Iron Man #223
(October 1987)
Created by David Michelinie
Bob Layton
In-story information
Full name Donald "Donnie" Gill*
Species Inhuman
Team affiliations
Abilities Cold and water manipulation

Donald "Donnie" Gill, born in Delaware, was a professional criminal hired by Justin Hammer (who gave him a cryogenic suit resembling the original Blizzard). Since Blizzard was vaporized by Iron Man 2020, Donnie adopted the name. His first mission involved working with two other super-villains—the Beetle and Blacklash—to capture Force, who had betrayed Hammer. However, Blizzard was clumsy and annoyed his teammates with his amateurish mistakes (such as creating an ice wall blocking the path to their objective). After encasing Blacklash in ice, the trio fled as reinforcements arrived to protect Force.[7]

The trio again tried to capture Force, who was protected by Iron Man. Although Blizzard fought better, when Force entered the fight he neutralized the villains' powers. Blizzard, Beetle, and Blacklash split up, fled and rested until their powers returned. Force found Blizzard, whose powers were ineffective against him so Blizzard fought him with bare hands. Force repelled him, blasting him through a wall. Blizzard doggedly tried to blast Force again (despite warnings), and was electrocuted. The Beetle and Blacklash abandoned Blizzard; Chemistro blamed them for their failures, and they were arrested.[volume & issue needed]

Before Blizzard could be jailed, he was rescued by Rhino for Hammer. His loyalty to Hammer increased, although Iron Man tried to mentor him. Hammer negotiated with Iron Man for Blizzard, forcing the latter to help him take down the Ghost.[8] Iron Man agreed, but Blizzard refused to believe that Hammer betrayed him. After hearing a recording, Blizzard was crushed; he surrendered to Iron Man, and was saved by Chemistro and Melter.[volume & issue needed]

After solo missions against the Avengers[volume & issue needed] and the New Warriors,[volume & issue needed] attending the AIM Weapons Expo with several other super-villains[volume & issue needed] and joining the largest group of the Masters of Evil,[volume & issue needed] Blizzard worked with a smaller team (including villains Constrictor, Crossfire and daughters of Tarantula and Batroc the Leaper). Their mission failed after interference from Agent X and his allies.[volume & issue needed]

Blizzard attacked She-Hulk in a bar; instead of defeating him, she invited him for a drink. Drunk, he contemplated his lack of recognition. Before collapsing in a stupor, Blizzard noted that he liked She-Hulk. After reverting to her Jennifer Walters persona she collapsed, vomiting, on top of him.[9]

With the Avengers disbanded, the Beetle (now known as Mach-IV) decided to form a new group of Thunderbolts. Like the original Thunderbolts, they were former villains seeking redemption for their crimes as superheroes. Gill was one of the first members invited to join by Mach-IV, and he agreed.[10] However, he lacked confidence despite his desire to help people. As a Thunderbolt Blizzard fought several enemies, including Fathom Five,[11] the Wrecking Crew[12] and the Purple Man.[13]

Blizzard and fellow Thunderbolt Speed Demon became close friends. When Speed Demon tried to commit crimes with the Shocker, Blizzard convinced him to use his former Whizzer outfit and a tracking device. Angry with Blizzard, Speed Demon tied him upside-down and naked on a bridge.[14] Although doubting his status as a superhero and feeling hopeless, Blizzard gained strength from the others (especially Songbird, who insulted him and dismissed him from the group when she became its leader).[volume & issue needed]

Baron Zemo, forming a group to fight Songbird's Thunderbolts, recruited Blizzard (who spent his days in bars after his firing by Songbird). His new teammate, the Fixer, enhanced Blizzard's abilities.[volume & issue needed] He battled the Thunderbolts; the groups were soon assimilated, and Blizzard helped them against the U-Foes during Civil War.[15] Against Overmind, Blizzard proved himself to his teammates by shielding them (and Songbird).[volume & issue needed]

In the final battle against the Grandmaster, Blizzard's suit was destroyed after the Wellspring energy was released[16] and he was pardoned for his past crimes.[17] Blizzard later appeared as an inmate at the Raft.[18]

Blizzard later aligns himself with Iron Man, Zeke Stane, Whirlwind, and Living Laser against the Mandarin but is defeated by the Mandarin's forces.[19]

During the Infinity storyline, Blizzard was seen with Whirlwind robbing banks when they are approached by Spymaster. Blizzard and Whirlwind are recruited by Spymaster to join him and his villain allies (consisting of Constrictor, Firebrand IV, Titanium Man, Unicorn, and Whiplash IV) in a plot to attack the almost-defenseless Stark Tower. During the briefing, Blizzard suddenly collapses.[20] When Blizzard regains consciousness, he discovers that his skin has turned white and he can generate ice on his own. Blizzard had been exposed to the Terrigen Mists unleashed upon the face of the entire Earth by Black Bolt. Being unknowingly an Inhuman descendant, Blizzard experienced Terrigenesis which causes the manifestation of his latent powers. Blizzard thought that this was his opportunity to "be part of something bigger" and decided to leave Spymaster's team. However, he and Whirlwind were brutally attacked by Spymaster and Titanium Man when they tried to leave.[21] Blizzard and Whirlwind were forced into taking part of the assault to Stark Tower. After Spymaster used teleporter discs to teleport some Iron Man Armors to the buyers, he escaped and left Blizzard and the rest of his accomplices to be discovered by the heroes which were using the tower as a base. They managed to defeat the heroes, and they were offered to be taken to Spymaster by Titanium Man. When they arrived to a spaceship where Spymaster was, they were ambushed by him and Titanium Man who revealed himself as Captain Atlas of the Kree (who were the masterminds behind the heist).[22] Blizzard and the other villains managed to escape custody and started fighting Spymaster, Titanium Man and the army of Iron Men (controlled by Spymaster). The actual Iron Man arrived to the spaceship, after having tracked down the armors, and helped Blizzard and his allies defeat the enemies. During the fight, Blizzard used the powers he discovered of being like a human battery to overcharge the armors and deactivate them, but he fainted and fell off the spaceship's cargo door. A suit Iron Man was controlling rescued him, but in order to let his friends escape, Blizzard froze himself and the suit. Blizzard was taken to S.H.I.E.L.D. custody and was left under the simulation he had been delivered to the Inhumans in order to prove himself as the changed man Blizzard thought he was....until S.H.I.E.L.D. could know what to do with him.[23]

Randy Macklin[edit]

Randy Macklin, an ex-criminal, fails to find work following his release from prison and uses a spare Blizzard costume he was safeguarding for his friend Donnie Gill. Macklin, however, is quickly defeated by Iron Man, who offers him a legitimate job at Stark Enterprises.[24]

Powers and abilities[edit]

All the Blizzards have similar powers, derived from their costumes. Micro-circuited cryogenic units make it possible to emit freezing rays, which lower the temperature of the surrounding air (or objects) and release ice as a projectile.

Donnie Gill's costume is upgraded by supervillains Beetle and the Fixer. This enables even greater manipulation of cold where Gill can encase people in snow and ice, create an ice barricade or generate "ice sleds" for transport.

Other versions[edit]

House of M: Masters of Evil[edit]

In the House of M reality, the Donnie Gill version of Blizzard appears as a member of Hood's Masters of Evil.[25]

Power Pack[edit]

The Donnie Gill version of Blizzard appears in Iron Man & Power Pack issue #2 with Speed Demon. He kidnaps Irena Crumb (daughter of millionaire Arnold Crumb, and a school rival of Julie Power's) from her school and takes her to an abandoned warehouse across town, where he tortures her. Speed Demon runs in, telling him that Power Pack has found them; Power Pack bursts in, and a fight ensues. At one point, Blizzard freezes the ground, causing Speed Demon to slip and smash into him. The Pack captures Blizzard, and Lightspeed takes his mask so she can rescue Irena from Speed Demon incognito. Afterwards, Blizzard and Speed Demon are arrested.[26]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The Gregor Shapanka version of Blizzard appears as "Jack Frost" in the Iron Man segment of The Marvel Super Heroes.
  • The Gregor Shapanka version of Blizzard appears in Iron Man, voiced by Chuck McCann (although Neil Ross voiced him in "The Beast Within"). He is shown as a servant of the Mandarin. In "And the Dead Shall Give up the Sea", Mandarin scolded him for an incident where Blizzard chilled his drink, accidentally killing Mandarin's begonias in the process. Like Mandarin's other underlings, Blizzard got his own suit of exo-armor which popped up from time to time in the series. In "The Armor Wars" Pt. 1, both Blizzard and Blacklash had their exo-armors targeted by Iron Man. Iron Man neutralized them both during an airplane skyjacking. He appeared in the two-part series finale with a new exo-armor alongside Blacklash, Hypnotia, and Whirlwind. Mandarin later used his energy to help power the Heart of Darkness only to be freed by Iron Man. He was sent to jail again with the other villains.
  • The Donnie Gill version of Blizzard first appears in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode "Cold War", voiced by David Orth. This version is a cryogenics scientist and a former employee of Obadiah Stane, but became deformed on one side of his face due to Stane, and vowed to get revenge. Like Iron Man, Blizzard wears a technological suit which enables him to freeze objects. Iron Man teams up with Blizzard, but eventually discovers that Blizzard was actually a criminal, and was creating a freezing weapon for Stane. After a battle, Blizzard is cryogenically frozen. In the episode "Best Served Cold", Stane unfreezes him and forces him to find a cure for his daughter Whitney by planting a bomb on his armor. Blizzard manages to break free however and has his revenge on Stane. Blizzard is then defeated by Iron Man. In the episode "Invincible Iron Man: Reborn", he, Whiplash, and Mr. Fix come under the services of Justin Hammer. The three of them attempt to kill Iron Man (who survived Whiplash's attack) and War Machine, but the trio are defeated. Later in the episode "Titanium vs Iron", Blizzard cools Justin Hammer's burning Titanium Man armor and witnesses Mr Fix's "death" at the hands of Hammer. Blizzard says that Justin Hammer "killed him in cold blood" which Hammer tells him "yes and no" and uploads a flash drive containing Mr. Fix's conscious into the Hammer Multinational mainframe. In the episode "Hostile Takeover", Blizzard is seen robbing a jewelry store only to be stopped by Iron Man. In the episode "The Hammer Falls", Blizzard is mentioned to have been taken down by a mysterious figure.
  • The Donnie Gill version of Blizzard appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Breakout, Part 1", voiced by Troy Baker. This version is a full-armored villain in a parka. He is shown escaping from the Vault and fighting Iron Man. In the episode "The Man Who Stole Tomorrow", Blizzard had been apprehended by Thor, Ant-Man, and Wasp and has been placed in Prison 42. In the episode "Assault on 42", Blizzard was seen in Prison 42 when Annihilus leads the Annihilation Wave in an attack on. He is killed during the attack.
  • The Donnie Gill version of Blizzard appears in Ultimate Spider-Man. In the episode "Doomed," Blizzard is among the villains seen in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s database. In the episode "Flight of the Iron Spider", Spider-Man in his Iron Spider armor helped to fight Blizzard.
  • Donnie Gill appears in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Seeds", portrayed by Dylan Minnette.[27] This version is a cadet at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. He and his friend Seth Dormer build a weather device in order to impress Ian Quinn for whom Seth's father works as a lawyer at Quinn Worldwide. He and Seth fake their ice attacks to throw off S.H.I.E.L.D. When Leo Fitz stumbles onto Donnie's plan, Seth ended up knocking him out. While preparing the device to demonstrate to Ian Quinn, Seth learns from Donnie that he is nervous about the device where they haven't tested it yet and convinces Donnie to turn on the device which doesn't seem to work at first. Afterwards, Seth and Donnie discover that the device has worked as it creates a blizzard-type super-storm. Donnie and Seth finds themselves in the eye of the storm where they try to disarm the device. Lightning strikes the device, electrocuting Seth and destroying the device completely. When Phil Coulson's team arrives in their jet, the team brings both Donnie and the unconscious Seth inside. Jemma Simmons attempts to restart Seth's heart, but he is already dead from cardiac arrest. After a brief talk with Leo Fitz, Donnie is transferred to the Sandbox where the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents there can keep an eye on him. Unbeknownst to S.H.I.E.L.D., Donnie is shown to have developed freezing abilities as a side-effect of his experiments. In the episode "Making Friends and Influencing People",[28] Donnie Gill had perfected his powers during his incarceration. Donnie Gill had escaped the Sandbox during the Hydra infiltration and was trying to get a room at a restaurant worker's house. Donnie ends up freezing the guy when he was threatened to confront Donnie. Donnie is then approached by two Hydra agents who want to talk to them only for Donnie to freeze one of them and scare the other one. Upon finding some info of the Mirabel Del Mar in the cell phone of the frozen Hydra agent, Donnie heads out. Phil Coulson's team plans to get to Donnie Gill before Hydra gets to him since Donnie is on Hydra's wishlist. At the port of Casablanca, Donnie Gill freezes the water around the Mirabel Del Mar, a cargo ship. Sunil Bakshi of Hydra sends Jemma Simmons (who was undercover at Hydra for Phil Coulson) with a bunch of Hydra agents in order to easily apprehend Donnie Gill. Aboard Mirabel Del Mar, Donnie Gill freezes the boat captain in order to send a message to Hydra that he refuses their offer. Sunil Bakshi, Jemma Simmons, and an armed Hydra team arrive at the Mirabel Del Mar in order to prepare to apprehend Donnie Gill. When Jemma Simmons enters the Mirabel Del Mar, she finds the ship's frozen personnel until she runs into Hydra. When Donnie asks whose side she is on, Jemma Simmons says that she is on his side. Sunil speaks into Jemma's earpiece to convince Donnie Gill to hear her out and to get him to trust her. Upon speaking to Grant Ward, Leo Fitz informs Phil Coulson that Donnie Gill took the Sandbox for Hydra and had broken free from their mind-control as Hydra plans to reactivate the mind-control on him. Lance Hunter arrives near Donnie Gill and Jemma Simmons where he has the sniper on them only for Melinda May to make sure Jemma Simmons maintain her cover. Donnie Gill chases after Jemma until he runs into Sunil Bakshi who makes a comment that causes Donnie's mind-control to be reactivated as he makes sure that nobody follows Hydra. Donnie is ordered by Sunil to ice everyone on the ship to make sure that nobody leaves alive. As Donnie Gill starts freezing the ship, he is sniped by Skye as his body is frozen upon falling into the water. Skye later tells Melinda May that the Moroccan authorities still haven't found Donnie Gill's body.[29]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tales of Suspense #45 (Sept. 1963)
  2. ^ Iron Man #86 - 87 (Apr. - May 1976)
  3. ^ Marvel Team-Up #56 (Apr. 1977)
  4. ^ Iron Man #123 - 124 + 127 (June - July + Oct. 1979)
  5. ^ Hulk #249
  6. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 (1986)
  7. ^ Iron Man #223-224
  8. ^ Iron Man #239-240
  9. ^ She-Hulk #1 (2004)
  10. ^ New Thunderbolts #1
  11. ^ New Thunderbolts #1
  12. ^ New Thunderbolts #2
  13. ^ New Thunderbolts #12
  14. ^ New Thunderbolts #8
  15. ^ Thunderbolts #103
  16. ^ Thunderbolts #108
  17. ^ Thunderbolts #109
  18. ^ Thunderbolts #156
  19. ^ Iron Man #526 (November 2012)
  20. ^ Infinity: Heist #1
  21. ^ Infinity: Heist #2
  22. ^ Infinity: Heist #3
  23. ^ Infinity: Heist #4
  24. ^ Marvel Holiday Special (January 1994)
  25. ^ House of M: Masters of Evil #1
  26. ^ Iron Man & Power Pack #2 (2007)
  27. ^ "Declassifying Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Seeds". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  28. ^ "Declassifying Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Making Friends and Influencing People". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  29. ^ "Making Friends and Influencing People", Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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