An almost two-hundred-year-old alien, Icon has reinvented himself throughout the centuries and emerged as a hero in the Justice League and Shadow Cabinet.


Aliases: Arnus, Augustus Freeman IV
First Appearance: ICON #1, 1993

Team Affiliations: Shadow Cabinet, Justice League, Supermen of the Multiverse



The DC Super Hero known as Icon is actually an alien being who hailed from the planet Terminus. In 1839, an alien starship travelling near Earth malfunctioned and exploded, but not before one of its passengers found his way onto a lifepod, which then crashed in the middle of a cotton field in the American South. As a failsafe, the pod automatically altered the appearance of its inhabitant, named Arnus, to mimic the first sentient life-form he had contact with, who happened to be a slave woman named Miriam. She adopted the young Arnus as her son, and he changed his name to Augustus Freeman.


Although Arnus had powers nearly identical to those of Superman, he chose to hide his abilities and lived as a normal man, only occasionally using his powers in secret to help others. Barely aging over a century, "Augustus Freeman" would change his identity every few decades, posing as his own son. Now known as Augustus Freeman IV, a "by-the-book" lawyer in Dakota City, he uses his powers for the first time in decades on home intruders, all witnessed by a young, idealistic girl named Raquel Ervin. Once she sees him in action, she convinces him to become a superhero, so he can be an "Icon" to millions who need inspiration. She then becomes his sidekick, and calls herself Rocket. Icon eventually joins superhero teams like the Shadow Cabinet and even the Justice League.