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"Let's get all the ice/cold characters together" has been done.
...for "the Cold Warriors."
Nice cover. The only character I recognize is Mr. Freeze. Some of the others must
be quite formidable for them to present a challenge to the League's A-listers,
as they seem to be doing; magic users perhaps?
Using their own powers they were losing to the JLA. However they had
the backing of an alien invader who was using them as catspaws to
establish his beachhead and who had a plot device that could neutralize
all except cold-based superpowers. The JLA were, however, never
actually captured. The cover wasn't literal.
Other members of the team were Captain Cold (Flash foe), Killer Frost
(Firestorm foe), Icicle (JSA foe). The other characters were nobodies
made up to fill out the team and never seen again, although "Polar Lord"
the alien invader, was wearing the costume of obscure Legion of
Superheroes character "Polar Boy".
One was an old Wonder Woman foe, Minister Blizzard, who teamed
up with the Captain and the Icicle against the JLA in issue #139,
Feb 1977, but the cryovillains didn't make the cover. This was the
first of a run of "all-new" 52 page issues, so two issues worth of
17-page stories were slotted in, and the stories went to 33 pages,
+ ads, with the next issues. The format was quite similar to late
1940s issues of ALL-STAR COMICS, except when the editors let
Steve Engelhart write two-parters! (66 pages!) Hero-group comics
need a higher page count to let every member have their moments,
IMNSHO. Even the early 25-page JLA stories began to feel a bit
cramped, once the club started adding members.
Ice-powered heroes/villains have long been a drug on the market.
The "social club" could have many more members.
Over at Marvel, Iceman was an original X-man, but Stan Lee's first
comic strip credit at Timely/Atlas/Marvel was "Jack Frost." From
USA COMICS #1, August 1941!
Icicle was specifically a Golden Age "Green Lantern" villain.
First appearance, ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #90, Oct 1947.