Iceman (Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and is a founding member of the X-Men.
Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963).
Iceman is a member of a subspecies of humans known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities.
He has the ability to manipulate ice and cold by freezing water vapor around him.
This allows him to freeze objects, as well as turn his body into ice.
The character has been frequently present in X-Men and Spider-Man-related comics, video games, animated series, and movies.
Shawn Ashmore portrayed Iceman in the X-Men films, and voices the character in The Super Hero Squad Show.
Iceman was featured in two self-titled limited comic book miniseries, one in 1984-85 written by J. De Matteis and another in the 2000s by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett, with art by Karl Kerschl.De Matteis said of the first series, "It was my idea, so there was no one to blame but myself.I'll just say that it was a mistake and if the series made any sense whatsoever it was due to [editor] Bob Budiansky.That was a case where the editor's input was really needed - and Bob was a big help." and The New Defenders from 1983 to 1986 as a member.He was a main character in the first volume of X-Factor, and a star in flashback stories when he was a teenager in X-Men: The Hidden Years and X-Men: First Class.In April 2015, in issue 40 of All-New X-Men, a time-displaced version of the teenaged Iceman was revealed as gay by his teammate, Jean Grey, who discerned this with her telepathic ability.This raised questions, because the character's adult, present-day counterpart had previously been portrayed dating women.In Uncanny X-Men #600, which was published in November that year, the young Iceman confronts his older self, who confirms that he is gay as well but repressed his true self, not wanting to be both gay and a mutant.In 2017, Iceman received his first ongoing solo series, which focused on the adult Bobby Drake coming to terms with life as an out gay man, his Omega-level superpowers, his legacy as a hero and fighting some of the biggest villains in the Marvel Universe.Bobby's powers first manifested when he was on a date with Judy Harmon, and a local bully by the name of Rocky Beasely tried to take Judy away for himself.Knowing Judy could not put up a good fight, Bobby pointed his hand at Beasely and encased him in a block of ice.