Characters Appearing: Betty Ross, Blizzard, Centaurio, Doc Samson, Fred Sloan, General 'Thunderbolt' Ross, Hulk, Rick Jones
Issue(s): Hulk #249
He's best drawing the slightly bizarre, and for the most part this issue is straightforward, so it's not a great fit.
The Hulk encounters Blizzard, who is back to calling himself Jack Frost.
After several defeats at the hands of Iron Man, he's decided to cut himself off from humanity and live in an ice cave. But the Hulk stumbles in and Frost's attempts to get rid of him just make things worse.
Eventually the Hulk leaves and Frost seemingly dies in a cave-in.
Meanwhile, Betty, Fred, and Rick show up at General Ross' cabin. Ross and Samson are still out hunting, but a giant Centaurio bursts into the cabin, wounded.
This should have been a quiet whimsical little story but Mantlo turns it into a stupid Misunderstanding Fight.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue starts with the Hulk asleep and having bad dreams about his trip through the micro-verse.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
This is one of the few times Ditko went back to a character he drew in the 1960s(though admittedly he didn't draw the Hulk for long back then), something he typically refused to do otherwise. According to a Fred Hembeck page, Ditko actually turned down a stint on Captain America and X-Men Annual #4.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 10, 2011 8:17 PM
You wonder if the original intention was a new character rather than Blizzard/Jack Frost
Posted by: kveto | September 13, 2015 3:30 PM
I actually wonder if it was supposed to be an even older character - the Jack Frost from World War II who had been part of the Liberty Legion but had not yet appeared in the modern age. The story even comes off as a direct "homage" (being kind) to the first appearance of his teammate Red Raven in the modern age.
I'm thinking at some point it may have been decided that it would be a waste to bring back and immediately dispose of a character with some historical value in the Marvel U (unlike Red Raven when he first appeared, as the Liberty Legion hadn't yet been introduced). Therefore they decided to just retrofit the Blizzard into that role... and then when they DID bring back the "real" Jack Frost about a decade later, they essentially threw him away again anyway.
Posted by: Dan H. | September 14, 2015 1:52 PM
The last time Mantlo used Blizzard in Marvel Team-Up #56, there's some odd stuff about Electro accidentally fusing Blizzard's suit to him so that now he has ice powers. Daredevil's radar sense in thats tory indicates that Blizzard's heartbeat is different, too. So perhaps Mantlo was ignoring Blizzard's interim appearances in Iron Man #123-7 and going ahead with a plan he already had for the character.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | September 29, 2015 5:26 PM
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