Icon #1 (May 1993):
“By Their Own Bootstraps”
by Dwayne McDuffie, M. D. Bright, Mike Gustovich

Icon #1

Title: “By Their Own Bootstraps”

Medium: comic

Cover date: May 1993

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: M. D. Bright, Mike Gustovich

11 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Icon Icon (Augustus Freeman)
(lead character)
CBR Scale: I alien
The Shadow Cabinet DC Milestone Media 73
Rocket Rocket (Raquel Ervin) hero
  black; The Shadow Cabinet... 
[Icon's partner]
DC Milestone Media 58
Deke supporting character
  [1st app: Icon #1 (May 1993)] DC Milestone Media 2
Sergeant Elliot supporting character
  S.H.R.E.D. (leader) DC Milestone Media 3
Sandra Ervin Sandra Ervin supporting character
[mother of Rocket (Raquel Ervin)]
DC Milestone Media 10
Lenny supporting character
  [1st app: Icon #1 (May 1993)] DC Milestone Media 3
Saul Katz supporting character
CBR Scale: U Jewish
[attorney] DC Milestone Media 4
The Cooperative The Cooperative supporting character group
  [1st app: Icon #1 (May 1993)] DC Milestone Media 3
S.H.R.E.D. S.H.R.E.D. supporting character group
  [Dakota City's elite tactical police force] DC Milestone Media 8
Noble supporting character
  [with Raquel (who became Rocket), tried to rob Icon's house] DC Milestone Media 8
Miriam supporting character
[Icon's adoptive mother (in 1839)]
DC Milestone Media 8

Reprints of this comic:
Icon: A Hero's Welcome (Jan. 1996): "By Their Own Bootstraps"

Summary (from

We see the crash landing of an alien in 1839. Augustus Freeman (alien) is introduced. Raquel and Noble are introduced as they attempt a burglary of Freeman's house. The abilities of Freeman are shown as he captures Raquel and her friends. Raquel convinces Freeman to become the hero Icon and the characters Rocket and Icon are born.