Firestorm’s most well-known rogue is Killer Frost. As a foil for Firestorm, her basic concept is not that surprising — Firestorm is a guy that can generate heat, Killer Frost is a gal that can generate cold. With that said, she has still proven to be an interesting and dangerous adversary for ole match-head. Today we’ll be looking at her origin and encyclopedic entries about her. Later this week we’ll display some great images featuring Killer Frost.
The original Killer Frost (Dr. Crystal Frost) premiered in Firestorm vol I #3 (1978) and died in The Fury of Firestorm vol II #21 (1984). After Frost’s death, her good friend Dr. Louise Lincoln recreated the conditions that turned Crystal Frost into Killer Frost. Lincoln was imbued with the same powers and became Killer Frost II in The Fury of Firestorm the Nuclear Man #34 (1985). In 1995, Killer Frost II made a deal with the demon Neron which granted her even greater power. Since then, Killer Frost has appeared in numerous places across the DC Universe (i.e. Green Lantern, Suicide Squad, Villains United, Salvation Run, Justice League of America, and even the Justice League Unlimited cartoon). I won’t delve further into her history as the encyclopedic entries below will cover that better than I could.
Below is the cover for the original Killer Frost’s first appearance (June 1978). Art by Al Milgrom. Writers often use the “opposites attract” nature of hot and cold to create sexual tension between Firestorm and Killer Frost. This helps to make their ongoing encounters more interesting.
Below is the Killer Frost entry from Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #12 (February 1986). The art in the entry below is by Al Milgrom, co-creator of Firestorm and artist on Firestorm vol I. This particular issue of Who’s Who was published around the same time as The Fury of Firestorm the Nuclear Man vol II #45, so information presented was current to that point.
If you are interested in reading the text, click to enlarge the image.
Below is the fantastic cover to Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #12 (February 1986). I love that Killer Frost plays such an important part in the cover image. Art by Paris Cullins (of Blue Devil fame) and Dick Giordano. Click to enlarge the image.
The entry below was published in DK’s DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition (September 2008). The Killer Frost entry was written by Scott Beatty.
The piece below comes from the DC Heroes Role-Playing Game second edition produced by Mayfair Games in 1989. Specifically this came from the “Background/Roster Book”. This wasn’t the first time Mayfair produced stats for Killer Frost, but these are the updated ones as her first edition stats were changed.
Finally we’ve got the Killer Frost Heroclix from Wizkids released in 2004 as part of the DC Unleashed set. HeroClix is a collectible miniatures game in which players construct teams of heroes and villains to play out a battle turn-by-turn on a grid map. This figure looks great! The translucent blue really makes her stand out. Nicely done, Wizkids!
That’s it for our first installment of the Firestorm Rogues Gallery! Be sure to come back later this week for more on Killer Frost.
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