I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Guy Gardner on Ice!!
Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.
This week I’m spotlighting one of my all-time favorite single issues, an issue I’ve featured in various other features over the years and it just occurred to me that it works here, too! Which is awesome because I love showing this book. The book in question is Justice League America #45, where Guy Gardner agrees to go to the “Ice Capists” with Ice. Hilarity ensues…bizarre, bizarre hilarity!
The issue was written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, penciled by Adam Hughes and Russ Braun and inked by John Beatty, Jose Marzan, Jr. and Malcolm Jones III.
The concept of the issue is that Oberon is considering leaving the Justice League to go be with Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Meanwhile, Ice is trying to get Guy Gardner to take her on a REAL date, as their first date was to a porno theater and their second date was to a cock fight. So she manages to convince him to take her to the Ice Capists.
Unluckily for Guy, Blue Beetle and Killowog find out about their date from Ice’s best friend, Fire, and they have certain plans in place for Guy…
Hilarious stuff, and great art from Russ Braun, who has been really good recently doing art for The Boys with Garth Ennis (Braun did some good war comic work with Ennis, as well. He’s really good with characterization).
Guy and Ice return to the embassy and Guy, naturally, is fuming. He tries to calm down, for Ice’s sake, but then he enters his room…
What follows is stand-out work from J.M. DeMatteis, as he handles most of the rest of the humor in the issue off-panel (by the by, Lightray and Orion had recently joined the Justice League to replace Mister Miracle)…
(Note: This article first appeared as part of the Fools of April feature – BC)