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Happy Halloween!

Check out Aaron “Brother Head” Moss’s pumpkin! Way to represent the Nuclear Man!

Aaron Brother Head Moss Firestorm Pumpkin

Aaron Brother Head Moss Firestorm Pumpkin

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Firestorm Comic Reading Recommendations

Lots of folks have recently asked me for Firestorm reading recommendations. The Flash TV show has generated a lot of interest for the character. Here are my recommendations for folks looking for entertaining Firestorm reads. These are simply my opinions and are open to debate. If you feel I’ve left off a good story, be sure to add it to the comments!

ESSENTIAL FIRESTORM READING:

Fury of Firestorm #1 (1982)

Ronnie Raymond & Professor Martin Stein

  • Firestorm The Nuclear Man 1-5 (1978): Firestorm’s earliest adventures. Collected
  • DC Comics Presents 17 (1980): Firestorm returns to action with Superman & receives an invitation. Collected
  • The Flash 289-299, 301-303 (1980-1981): Firestorm 8 page back-up stories. Partially Collected
  • Fury of Firestorm 1-9 (1982-1983): Firestorm’s most successful run. Fun stories!
  • Fury of Firestorm 14-18; Fury of Firestorm Annual 1 (1983): Excellent story introducing Firehawk and Tokamak. My personal favorite!

 

Firestorm #1 (2004)

Jason Rusch

  • Firestorm 1-3 (2004): The origin of Jason as Firestorm Available Digitally
  • Firestorm 8-13 (2005): Jason teams-up with Firehawk and … deceased Ronnie Raymond? Partially Collected
  • Firestorm The Nuclear Man 28-32 (2006-2007): Jason and Professor Stein together in a fantastic adventure
  • Blackest Night 1-8 (2009-2010): Firestorm changed forever. Collected

 

Fury of Firestorm (2012)

New 52: Ronnie Raymond & Jason Rusch

  • The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man 13-20 (2012-2013): The New 52 Firestorm returned to a more iconic version. Collected

 

In my opinion, the comics above are the most essential Firestorm stories.  Up next are other Firestorm appearances definitely worth your time!

OTHER WORTHWHILE FIRESTORM APPEARANCES:

Justice League of America #179 - Firestorm joins the JLA

Firestorm-centric Justice League of America appearances:

  • JLA 179-180 (1980): Firestorm joins the JLA
  • JLA 183-185 (1980) : JLA travels to Apokolips. Collected
  • JLA 192 & 193 (1981): Red Tornado goes wild. Collected
  • JLA 205 (1982): Professor Stein vs Hector Hammond
  • JLA 207-209, and All-Star Squadron 14 & 15 (1982): Crisis on Earth-Prime. Collected
  • JLA 228-230, JLA Annual #2 (1984): Mars/Earth War and aftermath

 

Firestorm #99 the Elemental Era

Stories that dramatically changed Firestorm’s composition and personality:

  • Fury of Firestorm 62-64, Fury of Firestorm Annual 5, Firestorm 65 (1987): Birth of the “Blank Slate” Firestorm
  • Firestorm 85-100 (1989-1990): The Elemental era of Firestorm

 

Brightest Day featuring Firestorm

Major DC Events Involving Firestorm:

 

There you go. While Firestorm has appeared in hundreds of other comics, these are the ones I’d recommend to a new reader of the character. If you disagree with my selections, or think of other important appearances, sound off in the comments!

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Live Action, Part 2! FIRE & WATER #104

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 104th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is now available for your listening pleasure! THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is the official podcast of FIRESTORM FAN and THE AQUAMAN SHRINE.

This episode Shag and Rob talk about the brand new and coming soon live action counterparts to Firestorm and Aquaman, Robbie Amell and Victor Garber on The Flash and Jason Momoa in Batman v. Superman and Aquaman!

You can find the 102nd episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST on iTunes. While you’re there, please drop us a review on the iTunes page. Every comment helps! Alternatively, you may download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (37 MB).

As always, thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on these episodes! Opening theme, “That Time is Now,” by Michael Kohler. Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic original closing theme! This episode brought to you in part by InStockTrades.com!

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Fire and Water Podcast #104 - Jason Momoa, Robbie Amell, Victor Garber

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Dress as Firestorm for Halloween

Thanks to Target, it’s never been easier to dress as Firestorm for Halloween! Check out this hilarious flaming hat available at your local Target (assuming they aren’t already sold out)!

Target Chris March Flame Foam Wig

The hat is sold as an exclusive to Target, “Chris March: Big Fun – Light-Up Flame Foam Wig”. They were available online, but have now sold out. Check your local target to see if there are any left!

My thanks to several Match-heads who sent me information on these hats. If you take a picture of yourself in one of these hats, please tag me on social media! Would love to see them!

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Futures End Teaser – Firestorm is a Woman?!?!

Two weeks ago, DC Comics ran a series of teasers for upcoming issues of The New 52: Futures End. These appeared the same week as the premier episode of The Flash and the announcement of Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein. Those major distractions explain why we missed this Firestorm bombshell. Click the image below to enlarge!

New 52 Futures End Teaser - Firestorm Female

That’s right, looks like Firestorm will become a woman in the possible future of The New 52: Futures End! To see the entire six page teaser, head over to The Nerdist. Just speculating here, but Ronnie Raymond has been getting pretty chummy with Madison Payne. Perhaps this is Madison in control of the Nuclear Wo-Man’s form?? For answers, stay tuned for more of Tim Wallace’s monthly coverage of The New 52: Futures End! 

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Ronnie Raymond on The Flash, Post-Game Report & Look Ahead

So what did you Match-heads think of Robbie Amell’s performance as Ronnie Raymond last night on The Flash?!?! Let’s jump right to the discussion! We’ll leave the episode recap for other websites. Besides, you watched it already yourself, right?!?

One thing I enjoyed last night was the live Tweeting! Both Robbie Amell and Danielle Panabaker were Tweeting during the west coast broadcast of the episode. It was fun interacting directly with both of them! Nice folks who really seem to love their jobs!

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond on The Flash

ROBBIE AMELL AS FIRESTORM

My first impressions…

  • I really enjoyed Robbie Amell’s portrayal of Ronnie Raymond! Ronnie was compassionate, self-sacrificing, and even had a sense of humor. I suppose the biggest compliment I can give is that I totally accepted Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond.
  • Making Ronnie the lead engineer on the particle accelerator project is an interesting choice. It’s certainly a departure from the “dumb jock” personality of the comics. Yet you still get a sense that he’s a hard-working mechanic, rather than a number-crunching engineer.
  • I thought the wardrobe was a nice touch. Ronnie’s shirt sleeves were rolled up. In the comics he’s a get-your-hands-dirty kind of guy, so I felt the wardrobe was in keeping with that personality.
  • It was heart-wrenching watching Caitlin as Ronnie was “killed”. Strange, Ronnie and Caitlin have never maintained a relationship in the comics, yet I totally bought it on screen. Well done Robbie Amell and Danielle Panabaker!

What did y’all think of Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond?

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond in The Flash

PARTICLE ACCELERATOR DOOR

According to Robbie Amell on Twitter last night, the door to the particle accelerator has a Firestorm symbol embedded in the door! We don’t see the entire door during this episode, but you can make out white circles along the outer ring. Check the images below:

Robbie Amell reveals the Particle Accelerator door has a Firestorm symbol

How cool is that?!? I took a couple screen shots that show the door (see below).

The Flash Particle Accelerator door with Firestorm symbol

The Flash Particle Accelerator door with Firestorm symbol

LOOKING AHEAD.. FIRESTORM WILL APPEAR IN DECEMBER!

The past few days have seen lots of interviews published with Robbie Amell about his role. Below I’ve pulled out some particularly relevant bits from The Hollywood Reporter interview:

You meet Ronnie Raymond tomorrow [in "Fastest Man Alive"] and then in December, you meet Firestorm. It’ll take a minute before Firestorm turns back into Ronnie because when they find him in December, my character is really going through some stuff. He’s schizophrenic, doesn’t know what’s happening, he’s confused and dangerous to the people around him. You may not see Ronnie Raymond for a little while, but you’ll see Firestorm.

People will barely recognize him in December, but they’ll know it’s him when the fire bursts in the hands and the fire bursts in the head. The particle accelerator almost killed Ronnie and the fallout from it will definitely be seen in December.

I worked with Victor Garber on a TV movie a couple years ago and he was awesome. He’s so freakin’ talented and it doesn’t hurt that my fiancee [actress Italia Ricci] is the biggest Titanic fan I’ve ever met. She’s more excited about me working with Victor Garber than anything else. I gotta start watching Alias and start working on my Victor Garber impression. Sometimes Firestorm is Ronnie and sometimes he’s Martin Stein, but physically it’s going to be my body. I’m just excited to work opposite him because, I mean, he’s Victor Garber. The fact that I get to share a character with this guy is going to be really fun.

The telekinesis [on Tomorrow People] is really similar to my shooting nuclear energy out of my hands and some other powers, which I can’t give away. One of them is really badass and that’ll be revealed in one of my episodes in December. They’re not holding anything back. Firestorm is very powerful and it definitely helps to have been shooting a sci-fi show leading into this.

From the amount of powers they’ve given him [Firestorm], he’s going to be a difficult foe for anyone to go up against.

Very interesting! Start the countdown! Firestorm coming to your television this December! Also, interesting how they plan to handle Ronnie and Martin sharing the body. Sounds like Victor Garber will provide the voice while Robbie Amell does the physical acting. Or at least, that’s how I’m interpreting it.

Wow! Such a great performance by Robbie Amell last night and exciting things ahead! I can’t wait!

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Ronnie Raymond appears tonight on The Flash!

Robbie Amell appears as Ronnie Raymond on The Flash tonight!! I’m guessing it’s simply in flashbacks and a brief appearance. Either way, for the first time ever, we get to see Ronnie Raymond in live action! Hot damn!

Below are a few snapshots that have been released to promote The Flash episode 3, “Things You Can’t Outrun”.

Robbie Amell ( Ronnie Raymond ) and Danielle Panabaker ( Caitlin Snow ) on The Flash

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond on The Flash

Flash S01E03 - Things You Can't Outrun

For a full length interview with Robbie Amell, including some thoughts and spoilers on Ronnie Raymond & Firestorm, check these out:

Tune in tonight on the CW Network at 8pm EST!

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Power Records Podcast #07: More Monsters!

The Power Records Podcast, Part of the Fire and Water Podcast NetworkThe seventh episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST is now available! It’s Halloween time, and that means Monsters! Hosts Rob Kelly and Chris Franklin talk about two spooky Marvel Monster records, “The Monster of Frankenstein!” and “The Curse of the Werewolf!”

Find the seventh episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST on iTunes. Each episode is released as part of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST feed. While you’re on iTunes, please drop us a review. Alternatively, you may download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (65 MB).

Power Records - Monster of Frankenstein

Power Records - Curse of the Werewolf

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Custom Mego Firestorm in Development – Part 2!

Time for an update on the Firestorm custom Mego action figure being created for me by Markneto (a.k.a. Mark Sautter)! Click here for the card art we previously shared.

Mark has been acquiring pieces and begun assembly. In fact, he’s already finished Firestorm’s very first look as he appeared immediately after he received his powers way back in Firestorm the Nuclear Man #1 (1977). Check it out! Ha!

Firestorm custom Mego

In all seriousness, Mark has started fabricating clothes and assembling the costume. Here are a couple shots of Firestorm’s costume as a work in progress!

Firestorm custom Mego action figure - work in progress

Firestorm custom Mego action figure - Work in Progress

Mark has also built these cool stickers for his emblem and glove gauntlets!

Firestorm custom Mego action figure - work in progress

My thanks to Mark for crafting such a cool looking figure and for sharing the creative process with us! We’ll keep posting updates as Mark progresses on this awesome figure!

If you’re not familiar with Markneto’s astonishing custom work, visit his blog or “Like” his Facebook page. For another example, check out his amazing custom Mego Doctor Fate (given to me by my generous friend and FIRE & WATER PODCAST co-host Rob Kelly).

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Watch Multiplex Tonight on The Flash!

Firestorm’s first super-villain, Danton Black (a.k.a. Multiplex), is scheduled to appear on The Flash tonight!

Michael Smith as Multiplex Danton Black on The Flash

Danton Black is being played by actor Michael Smith. Can’t wait to see our favorite multiple menace in action! Check out this clip discussing Danton from tonight’s episode!

For those of you unfamiliar with Multiplex, check out his awe-inspiring original costume! :) Personally I love it, but I can understand why they didn’t use it on The Flash.

Firestorm the Nuclear Man #5 with Multiplex

Tune in tonight on the CW Network at 8pm EST!

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