The Fire and Water Podcast Presents… WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XXII!
The twenty-second episode of our WHO’S WHO podcast is now available — the show that dares to tackle one of DC Comics’ greatest publications! Each episode Rob and I cover a single issue of the legendary 1980s series, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe. This time around we chat about WHO’S WHO: Volume XXII, discussing characters such as the Golden Age Superman, the Silver Age Superman, the Modern Age Superman, Supergirl, Suicide Squad, Swamp Thing, Starman, Star Sapphire, and more! We wrap up the show with your Who’s Who Listener Feedback! This episode sponsored in part by InStockTrades.com!
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Thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on this episode! Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic Who’s Who theme song!
One of the coolest aspects of each Who’s Who issue was the amazing wrap-around cover! Check out this John Byrne cover for Volume XXII! Click the image to enlarge.
Here are your Firestorm-related Who’s Who entries from this issue…
First up is Starro by Ian Akin. Firestorm first encountered this penta-digited foe back in Justice League of America #189 (April 1981). Note you can see Firestorm in the surprint below with a starfish stuck to his face. Click to enlarge.
Next up is Steel by Chuck Patton and Larry Mahlstedt. While Firestorm and Steel never served in the Justice League at the same time, they did fight side-by-side during Legends (1986). Click to enlarge.
Then we’ve got the Suicide Squad by Luke McDonnell & Rick Magyar. Firestorm faced the Suicide Squad soon after their ongoing series premiered in Fury of Firestorm #64 (October 1987). Additionally, this was the final issue of Firestorm’s monthly comic to feature the original team of Ronnie Raymond and Professor Martin Stein as the Nuclear Man. I guess you could say the Suicide Squad (and Pozhar) were the original Firestorm’s final foes. Click to enlarge.
Finally, we’ve got Swamp Thing by Steve Bissette and John Totleben! The original Firestorm didn’t encounter Swamp Thing very much. However, while Firestorm was in his Elemental form (1989-1990), the two characters interacted more often thanks to their shared origins.
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