Name: Robert "Bobby" Drake
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other aliases: none
Place of Birth: Fort Washington, Long
Island, New York
Marital Status: single
William Robert (father), Madeline Beatrice (mother)
Base of Operations:
Group Affiliation: Former member of the X-Men, the Champions
of Los Angeles, and the Defenders; founding member of X-Factor
History: Robert Drake was born with the latent
mutant ability to freeze moisture in the air. He slowly
became aware of this power as it emerged in his adolescence,
but kept it secret from everyone but his parents, who
believed people would turn against young Robert if they
learned of his power.
The elder Drakes were correct, Bobby was walking with
his date, Judy Harmon, one night after they saw a movie
together, when they were attacked by a bully named Rocky
Beasely and his friends. One of Beasely's allies held
onto Drake while Beasely himself started to force Harmon
to go with him. To save Harmon, Drake used his mutant
power to temporarily encase Beasely in ice. Beasely was
soon released unharmed, but Harmon was shocked, and the
news of the incident swept through Drake's Long Island
community, enraging local townspeople enough for them
to form a lynch mob.
The mob broke into Drake's home, and he began using his
powers to fight them off. But there were too many opponents
for the young Drake, and the town's sheriff took him into
custody for the youth's own protection.
Learning of the incident, Professor
Charles Xavier, mentor of the X-Men,
dispatched Cyclops, the
first and at that time only member of the team, to contact
Drake. Cyclops broke into Drake's cell, but Drake refused
to leave. The two began fighting using their powers, and
their fight spilled out into the streets of the town.
Eventually the two exhausted young mutants were captured
by the lynch mob, which nearly hanged them. Cyclops and
Drake broke free, and were saved when Xavier used his
great psychic powers against the mob.
Drake's parents consented to Xavier's proposal to let
Bobby enroll in his special school for superhuman mutants,
and allowed Xavier to use his powers to erase their knowledge
of their son's powers. (They regained this knowledge years
later.) Xavier also permanently erased all knowledge of
Drake's abilities from the minds of the townspeople. Thus,
given the code name Iceman, Bobby Drake became the second
member of the X-Men.
Years later, Drake left the X-Men and joined the Champions
of Los Angeles, a short-lived team of adventurers. After
the Champions disbanded, Drake became a full-time college
student, although he briefly rejoined the X-Men to battle
Arcade. Later he joined his fellow former X-Men the Angel
and the Beast as members
of the Defenders.
With the apparent demise of some of the Defenders, the
team was disbanded, and Drake took a job as an accountant.
However, he soon left that job to join the other four
members of the original X-Men as a member of their new
When Professor Xavier returned to Earth after an extended
absence in outer space, Iceman and his fellow X-Factor
members rejoined the X-Men.
Recently, Emma Frost,
the White Queen, took mental possession of Iceman's body
and was able to activate the full extent of his powers,
turning his body into all ice. Since then, under Frost's
prodding, Iceman has learned to transform his body into
its "ice" state on his own.
More recently, Bobby Drake infiltrated the presidential
campaign organization of Graydon Creed, the head of the
anti-mutant organization Friends of Humanity. After Drake's
father spoke out against Creed's bigotry, he was nearly
killed by Creed's thugs. Distraught, Bobby Drake left
the X-Men for a time to be with his mother and convalescing
He Has since returned to the X-Men.
Height: 5 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 145 lbs.
Strength Level: The Iceman possesses the normal
human strength of a man of his age, height, and build
who engages in moderate regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: The Iceman is a mutant
with the superhuman ability to lower his external and
internal body temperature, projecting intense coldness
from his body. Like any normal human being's, the nerve
centers for regulating the Iceman's body temperature are
found in the part of the brain called the hypothalamus.
However, the Iceman can mentally override his hypothalamus
to allow his body temperature to be lowered by an unknown
internal mechanism. This ability converts the latent thermal
energies in and around his body into an unknown form of
energy that is efficiently dissipated. A related mutation
has rendered his body tissues unaffected by sub-zero temperatures.
The Iceman can consciously, immediately lower his body
temperature from its normal 98.6 Fahrenheit to that of
-105.7 F within the span of a few tenths of a second.
As his body temperature falls, the surrounding moisture
in the air that is in contact with him is similarly lowered.
Just as condensed moisture forms frost, this moisture
forms an icy covering which encompasses his entire body.
It also obscures his facial features. When the Iceman
first began to completely lower his body temperature,
this covering took on a more snow-like appearance. But
as he learned to increase the severity of his coldness,
the covering assumed the consistency of crystalline ice
that it has today. This ice constantly cracks with any
movement of his body, and immediately reforms. (Hence,
there is a cracking sound when the Iceman, covered with
ice, moves.) Through practice, the Iceman has learned
to control the intensity of his coldness, and he can selectively
lower the temperature of isolated parts of his body.
The Iceman can use his mutant ability to freeze any local
air moisture into super-hard ice. This ice can be formed
into any object of his choosing: the only limitations
are his own imagination, his skill as a sculptor, the
amount of available moisture, and the ambient air temperature
which determines how long his ice sculpture will stay
icy. He does not have to hold the ice physically with
his hands in order lo shape it. Apparently he can simply
direct the waves of coldness he projects in certain ways
so as to create ice in the shape he desires. In the past,
the Iceman has formed ice-ladders, ice-slides, ice-shields,
The Iceman is able to form a rising column of ice beneath
his feet, capable of lifting him off the ground. The tensile
strength of the column is determined by its thickness,
and its steadiness by how well it has been braced. A well-braced
and regular column, 6 feet in diameter at its base, is
able to support his weight without toppling for about
85 feet in a 20-mile per hour wind. By forming long ice-ramps
connected either to his ice-column or to an existing structure
like a building or a bridge, the Iceman is able to travel
above the ground by sliding down the ramp he is creating.
Unless he creates supports periodically, the ramp will
crack beneath him, unable to support their combined weight.
Theoretically, the Iceman has an almost unlimited supply
of moisture at all times since it is always present in
the surrounding air or environment. Even desert air has
sufficient moisture content for him to make practical
use of, although the process takes somewhat longer. However,
the mental effort needed to employ his mutant power can
eventually fatigue him and render his freezing ability
Like that of any trained athlete, the Iceman's ability
to perform is directly related to his daily physical health
and current mental state. Under normal conditions, he
can usually form ice continually for a period of about
3 hours before becoming exhausted.
NOTE: Shawn Ashmore played him in X-Men