Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Forgotten superheroes of color: Freezum, the Inuit master of cold

Contemporary comics creators who want to revive public domain heroes are mostly stuck with white characters. One way to get some diversity, of course, is to reinterpret old characters rather than revive them. I tend to prefer that; see Dear DC, Please Keep Captain Marvel Black!

But if you want to be faithful to the Golden Age comics, you can still include some superheroes of color.

Freezum is one. If you look past his pidgin speech, you'll see that he functions as the equal of his partner and mentor, Sub-Zero. Not only does he master his abilities quickly, in the first threat that arises, he saves Sub-Zero.  Here's his origin from Blue Bolt v2 5 [17] (Novelty Press) - Comic Book Plus:

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You can revive him faithfully and still make a few changes. This is the first page of the last appearance of Sub-Zero and Freezum:

Freezum's English ought to have improved, and the green parka should only come out for superheroing. (But in defense of the parka, Sub-Zero also seems to have only one outfit in his closet. Superheroes tend to be sartorially challenged.)

I can't decide if Freezum's name is stupid or charming. In a revival, he could inherit his mentor's or be given an entirely new name for heroing.


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