Name: Gregor Shapanka
Occupation: Former scientist, later professional criminal
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Former citizen of Hungry, later naturalized
citizen of the United States with a criminal record.
Other Aliases: Jack Frost
Place of Birth: Szombathely, Hungry
Place of Death: New York
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Former partner of Blacklash and the
Base of Operation: Mobile
First Appearance: (as Jack Frost) TALES OF SUSPENSE #45,
(as Blizzard) IRON MAN #86
Final Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #20
History: Dr. Gregor Shapanka, an employee of Stark Industries,
was conducting private research into a means for achieving
physical immortality. He attempted to rob the private vault
of Anthony Stark; head of Industries, in order to obtain
microtransistor designs that Shapanka intended to sell to
finance further research in his private project. However,
Shapanka was unsuccessful in his theft; captured, he was
brought before Stark, who fired him.
Subsequently, Shapanka created a suit that could generate intense
cold, with which he hoped to slow his own aging process.
Shapanka also began to use the suit and its abilities to
commit crimes in order to amass wealth. The news media named
this new criminal "Jack Frost," perhaps in recollection
of the member of the Liberty Legion who could generate intense
cold. Seeking vengeance on Stark, the new Jack Frost captured
Stark's secretary, Virginia "Pepper" Potts, and
his chauffeur, Harold "Happy" Hogan, and battle
Stark's supposed bodyguard, Iron Man, who was secretly Stark
himself. Iron Man defeated Jack Frost and thus saved his
captives, and Shapanka was sent to prison.
Years later, Shapanka escaped prison and attacked Stark's Long
Island industrial complex using a new, far more powerful
cold-generating battlesuit and calling himself the Blizzard.
This time the Blizzard was out to steal Stark's climatron
device, which could be used to alter weather patterns. The
Blizzard nearly froze Iron Man to death, but Iron Man was
rescued by Potts, Iron Man caused the Blizzard's battlesuit
to short-circuit, and then captured him.
Later, once again at large, Shapanka obtained financing for recreating
his cold-generating costume from multimillionaire Justin
Hammer. The Blizzard formed a partnership with two other
clients of Hammer, Blacklash and the Melter, and together
the three criminals attacked a hotel casino in Atlantic
City, only to be defeated by Iron Man and private bodyguard
Bethany Cabe. The three criminals were sent to Riker's Island
but were freed shortly thereafter by Hammer and brought
to Hammer's floating villa. There the Blizzard joined a
small army of costumed criminals in battling Iron Man, who
succeeded in defeating them all.
Later, somehow Shapanka's body gained the ability to generate
intense cold without artificial means. Feeling alienated
from humanity, Shapanka, again calling himself Jack Frost,
went to live in an ice palace he created within a mountain.
The Hulk found Jack Frost's new home and destroyed the ice
palace. Jack Frost was seemingly killed in the collapse
of his ice domain.
But, months later Shapanka reappeared in the guise of the Blizzard.
Somehow Shapanka had lost his bodily power to generate cold
and once again need his battlesuit to create low temperatures.
Shapanka returned to crime and formed a gang to aid him.
However, upon robbing a bank in New York City, the Blizzard
and his henchmen were found and defeated by Spider-Man,
and were taken into police custody. But thanks to his lawyer,
Shapanka was soon back at large, and kidnapped Bobby Saunders,
a boy whom he saw speaking with Spider-Man. Through Saunders;
Shapanka intended to get revenge for his most recent defeat.
Arno Stark, the Iron Man of 2015 A.D. in an alternate future,
had traveled back in time to locate Saunders. (In the alternate
future, which Arno Stark had come, the adult Saunders was
a terrorist who had armed a highly destructive bomb before
dying. Suanders' retina patterns were the key to disarming
the bomb. Therefore, Arno Stark had gone back in time to
discover what those patterns were by locating the Saunders
of that time.) The future Iron Man found Shapanka and Saunders
and carried Saunders off. Shapanka, wearing another cold-producing
battlesuit, believed this Iron Man to be the same one he
had fought so often before, and attacked him. The future
Iron Man then annihilated the Blizzard with a blast of energy.
Height: 5 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 165 lbs.
Strength Level: The Blizzard possessed the normal human
strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged
in moderate regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: For a short time Gregor Shapanka,
as Jack Frost, possessed the power to create intense cold
without artificial means. He could even cause the ice statues
he created to move and to speak, presumably though psionic
means. It is not known how Shapanka acquired these powers
nor how he lost them. Except during this brief period, Gregor
Shapanka possessed no superhuman powers; he relied on artificial
means to generate intense cold.
Weapons: The Blizzard wore a battlesuit containing micro
circuited cryogenic units (micro-cryostats) that enabled
him to project an intense cold through the ducts then encircled
his gloves. With the freezing units at full capacity, the
Blizzard could lower the temperature of a twenty by twenty
foot room 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 32 degrees Fahrenheit
in thirty seconds. Also integrated into the lining of his
sleeves was a system of flexible tubing that carried water
to miniature electric turbine in his gloves. By emitting
the water as a mist and freezing it with his micro-cryostat
units, he could create snow flurries. By emitting it as
a spray, he could create sleet. By emitting it as a stream,
he could create icicles. By concentrating both gloves' power
on a single stream of water, he could create a super-dense
ice-darts, capable of being flung with enough force to dent
half-inch thick steal. The water and cold ducts were capable
of shooting a steam of snow with a maximum range of fifteen
feet. The Blizzard was able to encase people in a layer
of frost or to create an ice-slide beneath him.
Blizzard's battlesuit was fully insulated so that he was immune
to the effects of him weaponry. He carried the power-unit
for his microcircuitry on his back.