Blue Snowman

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For the enemy of Batman, see Snowman (comics).
Blue Snowman
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Sensation Comics #59 (November 1946)
Created by William Moulton Marston
In-story information
Alter ego Byrna Brilyant
Team affiliations Villainy Inc.
Notable aliases Snowman
Abilities Used a telescopic snow ray to create and reverse blizzards

Blue Snowman (also known as The Snowman, real name Byrna Brilyant) is a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe who appears primarily as an enemy of Wonder Woman. Blue Snowman is a woman disguised as a man who uses the invention of "blue snow," a special form of precipitation that freezes everything it touches. She is also notable as being a member of the original Villainy Inc.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Byrna Brilyant's scientist father died while working on his invention of "blue snow," a special form of precipitation that freezes everything it touches. This invention was intended to "serve humanity," although precisely how seems rather vague. Thinking to put her father's work to more profitable use, Byrna creates the masculine identity of the Snow Man and unleashes the petrifying power of blue snow upon the farming community of Fair Weather Valley, demanding each farmer's "life savings" in return for the chemical antidote that will free crops, livestock, and people from the snow's effects. The Blue Snow Man is discovered in "his" mountain sanctuary by Wonder Woman, who forces "him" to defrost the valley. [1]

Like many of Wonder Woman's enemies, Brilyant is sentenced to prison on the Amazon penal colony Transformation Island, but in 1948 she and seven other female super-villains escape and pool their talents as Villainy Inc.; led by the Saturnian slaver Eviless, the evil eight are again defeated by Wonder Woman. In this appearance, she calls herself the Blue Snow Man.[2]

Byrna retained her male appearance and name in this second appearance, but what if anything is to be made of her choice of criminal identities is unknown.

Post Crisis[edit]

After all of the Golden Age Wonder Woman stories were erased from history by the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, Blue Snowman fell into obscurity. A new Post-Crisis Blue Snowman recently reappeared in Power Girl #7, where she is pursued and defeated by Doctor Mid-Nite. She is accidentally killed and devoured by a giant alien bug that Vartox brought to earth in order to impress Power Girl.[3] In this version, Byrna uses a robotic suit of armor that is capable of creating snow. She is mentioned as "an old Wonder Woman foe," suggesting that her battles with Wonder Woman had occurred in the past. She was also mentioned as having worked with the Ice Pack, which did not exist in that continuity.

The New 52[edit]

In The New 52 (a reboot of the DC Comics universe) Blue Snowman appeared briefly after battling Wonder Woman and her ally Hessia alongside her robot minions.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Blue Snowman possesses no superhuman powers; she relies upon a "telescopic snow ray" to create petrifying blizzards and a "defroster ray" for reverse effects. She uses a variety of gadgets, including a hat that produces blue snow and a smoking pipe that projects icicles.

In other media[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sensation Comics #59 (November 1946)
  2. ^ Wonder Woman #28 (March 1948)
  3. ^ Power Girl #7 (February 2010)
  4. ^ Superman/Wonder Woman #4 (March 2014)
  5. ^ All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4

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