Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.
Today (based on suggestions from commenters John Trumbull and Fraser), we take a look at the strange history of Icemaiden (both of them!).
Icemaiden debuted in 1977’s Super Friends #9…
Note her name – Sigrid Nansen.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Brian, you stupid asshole, Super Friends is out of continuity! It doesn’t matter!” Ah, but check this out, my foul-mouthed friend, DC’s Who’s Who #9 from 1985 featured the Global Guardians (Icemaiden’s name is Sigrid Nansen)….
Then in 1987, Infinity Inc. #32 gave us Icemaiden’s first in continuity appearance and Roy Thomas specifically refers readers to the above Who’s Who entry, which notes that Icemaiden’s name is Sigrid Nansen.
(As an aside, boy, that Tasmanian Devil dialogue…that’s something, huh?)
In 1988’s Justice League International, with the International Justice League now rendering the Global Guardians obsolete, Green Flame and Icemaiden are looking for new jobs…
As you no doubt note, Icemaiden looks nothing like she used to.
In Justice League International #14, they join the League…
Later in 1988, Icemaiden’s origin is given. Do note that the origin by Gerry Jones establishes that this is the first Norwegian hero on the team…
We also get her name for the first time…
And here she is, joining the Global Guardians. It sure does appear as though Jones has now abandoned the Sigrid stuff and established Tora as the new origin for Icemaiden.
Justice League International #24 addresses Ice’s new origin (they had slowly begun to call them Fire and Ice before the names became official five or so issues later)….
So anyhow, Ice eventually dies, so after her death, in Justice League America #97, Gerry Jones reveals that, nope, there were TWO Icemaidens!
She joins the league soon after…
By “greatest hero,” she of course meant “very unmemorable.”
Anyhow, it is an interesting transition. First, Sigrid is abandoned forsaked and then the forsaked story is, itself, abandoned and forsaked. Or “unforsaked”?
Eventually Tora returned from the dead and reclaimed her place as Ice. She was herself a subject of an Abandoned an’ Forsaked where they decided to mess with her ice goddess origin. Check it out here.
The second/first Icemaiden (the blue one) had some memorable stories in Justice League. Not necessarily in a good way. I am going to be featuring them in an I Love Ya But You’re Strange in the near future, so please hold off your thoughts on the Sigrid Justice League America stories until then! Thanks!
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