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Jack Frost

(Liberty Legion member)


“The far North ! Challenging ! Mysterious ! Foreboding ! The land that no man really knows… In this great, frozen waste, surrounded by an eternal, deathly quiet, lives a person we have all heard of but few men have seen – the king of the cold – Jack Frost !!”


Context

This Jack Frost is a Golden Age  Marvel character. Which means that back then — in 1941 — the publisher was still called Timely Comics.

This minor creation of a young Stan Lee was then forgotten for decades, until it was inevitably brought back by Roy Thomas during the 1970s. From then on, Jack Frost was sporadically featured as a minor Golden Age super-hero with something of a Namor-like quality.


Background

  • Real Name: None
  • Other Aliases: King of the cold, Lord of the storm, “the god in the ice”
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Liberty Legion
  • Base Of Operations: Originally the Arctic, then New York City, then back to the Arctic
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 172 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue-grey Hair: Blue-white


Powers and Abilities

The King of the Cold has a number of cold-related superpowers. He can :

  • generate and sculpt large volumes of ice out of thin air
  • turn his body as transparent as an ice cake
  • skate on the ice at “breathtaking speeds” – perhaps using generated ice for propulsion and to create ice skates under his feet
  • enter a state of cryogenic suspension
  • leech the ice and cold away from a frozen person

Jack Frost also has wind-related powers, such as Superbreath, Fog (a snowstorm) and Flight.

He seems to be fully amphibious, swimming at great speed and breathing underwater. His offensive powers do not work when he’s too deep underwater, though.

Jack Frost is a quick and powerful two-fisted brawler, apparently possessing a degree of superhuman strength. He is also majestic and domineering.

Discrepancies

There are two abilities that Jack Frost may or may not possess:

  • Jack Frost demonstrated Flight in his 1940s appearances (though at first it seems to be Jumping, he later clearly flies). This ability was never demonstrated after Roy Thomas brought him back, and we’ve compromised by making it Minor Marginal and limited.
  • One panel implies that Jack Frost might be strong enough to wrestle with Namor. But this is very weak evidence and has not been integrated in the stats. The panel features a flashback to a battle, but the period depiction of the same battle had no such scene.

History

The origins of Jack Frost are unknown, apparently even to himself. His first memory is of walking in the Arctic as a child, without an adult in sight. How long ago that took place is unrevealed.

Rumours posit that Jack Frost has some ties to Asgard and the Nine Worlds. If so, he might be some sort of diminutive ice giant. This seems to be purely speculation by fans, though.

Jack Frost was discovered in 1941 by one Dr. Forbes, who had found gold in Alaska. Forbes’s associate, Mike Zelby, fatally shot the doctor to get all the gold for himself. When Jack Frost came, the dying Dr. Forbes asked him to protect his daughter, who lived in New York City. Frost decided to go fight crime there.

I feel safe in New York City

However, when Frost introduced himself to the NYPD’s Commissioner, he was considered a madman. The strange man stormed out after having had a little fun with his ice powers and the expense of nearby policemen. This made him a wanted man.

Frost bought himself a suit and a hat (presumably using money Forbes had given him) then found Zelby and his mob. He easily defeated the criminals, freed Ms. Forbes and let everybody else to die in an accidental fire. Given his enmity with the police, the moody Jack Frost was declared a murderer. He would often cause trouble by resisting futile attempts at arresting him.

Jack Frost later discovered a corpse floating near a New York beach. Investigating the sucker marks lead him to the inevitable giant mechanical octopus crewed by evil criminals, whom he defeated.

Another adventure started with he discovered that criminals were intimidating hospitals into buying their products.

A third one was prompted by a disfigured chemist using a new formula to kill people by freezing them. The police accused Jack Frost of these murders until he defeated the criminal.

Piecing together the rest of the war years, part 1

(The adventures described above are Jack Frost’s period adventures. *This* section describes adventures chronicled by Roy Thomas  during the 1970s but taking place during the 1940s.)

Jack Frost then briefly retired from fighting crime, but kept monitoring radio frequencies. He thus responded when Bucky broadcasted a call to certain American super-heroes to assemble and form a Liberty Legion to free the brainwashed Invaders.

The Legion was made up of the Patriot, Miss America, the Blue Diamond, Red Raven, the Thin Man and the Whizzer. Frost was the one member who had come without being specifically called.

Piecing together the rest of the war years, part 2

The Liberty Legion fought Nazi fifth columnists throughout the North-Eastern US until the Red Skull had little choice but to send the hypnotised Invaders after them. Jack Frost and the Blue Diamond repulsed the Submariner before he could destroy the Statue of Liberty.

The Legion then fought the mind-controled Invaders at Yankee Stadium, with Jack Frost clashing with the Human Torch. The Nazis were defeated, the Invaders recovered their free will, and Jack Frost saved the public at the Stadium from the flaming debris of the mandatory exploding Nazi zeppelin.

Later in 1942, the Liberty Legion allied with a time-travelling Thing (Ben Grimm). The ever lovin’ blue-eyed Thing helped the wartime heroes defeat a number of Nazi menaces such as Skyshark, Master Man, Meranno (aka U-Man), and Brain Drain before returning to the future.

Some weeks later, the Legion was defeated and captured by the armoured Iron Cross. But they managed to escape and repulsed the “one-man panzer division” with help from the Invaders. Jack Frost may have left the Legion at that point since he wasn’t with the group in late 1942 during their last known adventure.

Stayin’ alive

Around 1946, Jack Frost returned to the Arctic to investigate his own origins. However he soon ran into the monstrous Ice Worm, who attempted to swallow him whole. Grabbing the monster’s rear end, Jack Frost had it swallow its own tail then froze it from the inside. This plunged the worm into suspended animation.

However, Jack Frost then had to will himself into an hibernative state. Decades went by. His form, trapped in deep ice, was found. A local legend grew about the god in the ice, whose presence prevented the demon ice worm from coming back.

(A flashback set in 1953 depicted Jack Frost attending a funeral, which I assume was a continuity goof.)

In 1991 Captain America investigated the rumours of a man frozen solid in the Arctic. In so doing, he unwittingly freed the Ice Worm. He was swallowed, but this revived Jack Frost, who saved Cap and got them out of the gargantuan creature’s gullet.

The Ice Worm attacked again. Whilst the star-spangled Avenger was busy saving a local, Jack Frost decided to sacrifice himself again to stop the demon. Using the same stratagem as before, he froze the monster and himself and they disappeared under the ice (video).


Description

Jack Frost owns cold-immune trunks and boots. But if he’s wearing normal clothing and want to use a good amount of his power he’ll have to strip for action or destroy his clothes.


Personality

Jack Frost’s 1940s characterisation was very close to Namor’s. He’s :

  • imperious
  • contemptuous toward mere mortals if they do not accept his authority
  • somewhat asocial
  • curt
  • has a considerable ego

Like many 1940s heroes, he enjoys showing off and humiliating his foes. And he has no problem with leaving them to die if he knows they are murderers, traitors and the like. In fact he openly prefers to do so.

Other traits

Jack Frost seems to consider crime and evil to be unacceptable and offensive. He vigorously stomps those whenever he is given the chance. This is not solely a moral stance – he also does it for the excitement, and it is hard to say how much of his motivation is Seeking Justice and how much is an heroic Thrill of Adventure.

Jack considers ice to be his element. Thus, he gets irate when somebody uses ice against him or to commit a crime.

Jack Frost often leaves behind a stalactite with the letters “J F” sculpted in it as his calling card. Like Namor, he enjoys making up alliterative ice-related exclamations such as “Freezing fudgicles !”, “Popping penguins !” or “Sizzling snowballs !”.

By the end of the war, Jack Frost had apparently discarded the Thrill component of his motivation. Despite his professed annoyance with foolish mortals, he had become a true protector.


Quotes

“You fools ! I have come to help you and you mock me ! Very well then, I shall fight crime in my own way ! Perhaps you will soon regret having been so sceptical !”

“I am Jack Frost, and I have come to punish you for the murder of Dr. Forbes !”

“I was quite willing to fight man to man. But now you want to force me to fight against odds ! Therefore, remember you have brought this upon yourself ! Now, you shall feel the fury of the storm !”

“Well, foolish mortals, what are you gaping at ?”

“Sizzling snowballs ! Where am I ?”

“This’ll teach him to be polite, if he lives !”

“I have no name… but mortals have called me — Jack Frost ! This will show you why !”


DC Universe History

A possibility would be to twist the Liberty Legion and reinvent them as Nazi operatives, in order to have more baddies for a World War Two campaign.

In this context, Jack Frost would surely have ties with Norse mythology, and might even be portrayed as a giant (slap about 6 APs of Always On, Form-Function Growth on him and call him Frost Giant).


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Jack Frost

Dex: 07 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Thrill of Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 017 HP: 020

Powers:
Cold immunity: 10, Flight: 07, Fog: 06, Friction control: 06, Frostbite: 02, Ice control: 06, Ice production: 10, Invisibility: 04, Running: 07, Superbreath: 06, Suspension: 05, Swimming: 05, Temperature control: 04, Water freedom: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flight is Minor Marginal and prevents the use of any other Power
  • Friction Control only to decrease friction of non-organic surfaces (by icing them up)
  • Friction control, Ice production, Superbreath have no AV and can’t use DEX for one – a Skill is needed to accurately control them (-1)
  • Frostbite can linearly add its APs to Jack Frost’s STR (i.e., bring it to 07) when attempting to break metallic or freezable restraints exposed to his skin
  • Invisibility has a Fringe (normal vision can detect Jack Frost with an INT/WIL roll against Invisibility/Invisibility)
  • Suspension likely only works in subzero temperatures (Celsius !)
  • Temperature control only to lower temperatures, though it has a +10 Volume Bonus

Skills:
Accuracy (Friction control, Ice production, Superbreath): 06, Medicine (First aid, Medical treatment): 12, Survival (Arctic): 09

Bonuses and Limitations:
Medicine is Contingent on Ice Control, and can only be used to treat ice- and cold-induced wounds

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (the Far North), Lightning Reflexes, Near Immortal, Schtick (Surefooted)

Connections:
Liberty Legion (Low, and this Connection seems to only have existed in 1942)

Drawbacks:
Distinct Appearance, Exile, Mistrust (until he joins the Liberty Legion), Socially Inept, Loss Vulnerability (all of his EVs are diminished by (depth in APs minus 2) APs when underwater)

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

Helper(s): Darci

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