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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)


Y’know, that title can be parsed a totally different, non-Code-approved way.

Believe me, he knew what he was doing when he titled it “Guy Gardner on Ice”.

And featuring Brock Samson as Orion.

You should’ve read the comics scans first! It’s right there.
Ice: Guy Gardner on… WHO?!

lol always found guys reaction to kilowogs and beetles little surprise priceless including how it winds up with guy in his rage learning not to cross Orion.

Okay, but how is this stranger than 90% of Giffen’s JL work?

Wait…THAT’S what Orion looks like without his helmet?!

As a casual reader of DC (more of a Marvel and Dark Horse guy here), I can’t believe no one told me there was a super hero whom sports a ginger mullet currently active in comics.

Ok, I can say I’m not a fan of the art. Orion mullet is pretty um….something though.

God, this is one of my absolute favorite stories. Poor Guy…he was really trying so hard. But it really is hilarious.

I…miss books like this.

When I was a kid my dad bought me a bunch of the old Giffen / Demattis JLA books from a dollar bin at the comic store (this issue amongst them). I never appreciated them then as a kid, mostly because I was a Marvel / X Men fan and mostly had no idea who these characters were. However reading this site and rereading the books some twenty years later give me a new found appreciation for the books. They’re LOL funny and a lot of fun.

Thanks Brian.

When I read this when I was a kid I kept wondering what “ice capists” was.

Travis Pelkie

May 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

What does the Justice League do with the bowl when Guy’s not getting his hair cut? Does G’Nort eat out of it or something?

@Robert: nice one!

I love this issue, and the Guy doll was brilliant, but the first date issue for me was better…could we consider Black Hand running a porn theater as part of the abandoned and forsaked?

Guy and Ice was one of the better comic book romances because of the complete contrasts in the characters, and these issues really captured that.

How could Guy swear in a (I’m assuming) code approved book?

Travis Pelkie

May 27, 2012 at 2:10 am

It’s nice that on page 14, even though his book hadn’t been published in years, Bob Hope was still in the DCU, though.

Bwah-hah-hah-hah! :)

Love, love, love this run of comics, and this is one of my favourite single issues. The way it keeps topping itself and subjecting Guy to ever greater aggravation, after seeming to have already reached a climactic pinnacle thereof, again and again, is a masterpiece of construction.

If you like what you see here, track the comic down; there’s some great stuff not shown in this extract. It should (I guess) still be available fairly cheaply. (Could all the love, affection and attention shown here over the years have driven the price up? What about for Freefall in Scarlet from Messner-Loebs’ Flash?)

Can you believe Geoff Johns has made it his life’s mission to wipe this League from existence? Seriously, the guy is good, but for some reason he just can’t handle the idea that a series like the JLI could have existed. He’s perfectly fine with the Detroit League on the other hand, which is weird. Still, this was an awesome series, and I wish the current JLI (while solid) was half as good as this.

Living in the bible belt, it kind of shocked me to see Guy use the GD word, which is easily on a par with the “F” word down here… but it was exlained to me that GD is not that big a deal in other parts of the country. Still… blows my mind and I’m not even religious.

I read JLI and there was a lot to like about it, but I’ll admit that I am with Johns when it comes to acting like it was an Elseworlds or something. Reconciling the jokester League existing in the same universe as what are supposed to be serious comics is difficult. That being said, I loved the first 6 issues but the political crap and the in-fighting of the current League does not appeal to me at all.

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