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Alan Brennert Interview – FIRE & WATER #95

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 95th 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.

In this very special episode, Rob talks with comics & TV writer, and author Alan Brennert about his career both in and out of comics. Alan has written classic stories for Batman: Black and White, The Brave and the Bold, Daredevil, Detective Comics, and his newest book is Palisades Park, available from St. Martin’s Press.

You can find the 95th 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 (75 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!

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Here are a few of Alan’s comics discussed in this episode!

Brave and the Bold #182 by Alan Brennert

Daredevil #192 by Alan Brennert

Batman Holy Terror by Alan Brennert

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Plastique (Firestorm foe) to join the cast of CW’s The Flash

On Tuesday of this week, word spread that Plastique will appear on CW’s The Flash! Another Firestorm character appears on The Flash?!?! Amazing! Positively Nuclear!!

TV Line reports

Ausiello: I’ve got some explosive scoop on this one (you’ll see what I did there in a minute): Sgt. Bette Sans Souci – AKA Plastique – will make her way to The Flash this season. The series’ incarnation of the metahuman is a fetching young redhead who was a bomb specialist with the Army before she was injured by an IED in Iraq. Since being exposed to the Central City explosion, she can turn any object into a bomb with just a touch of her hand – not a bad comrade for The Flash to have on his team, eh?

I don’t believe this has been validated yet by anyone working on The Flash TV show, but we haven’t heard anything to contradict it either. As we learn more, we’ll be sure to keep you updated! Below is Plastique’s Who’s Who entry from the 1980s. Click to enlarge!

Plastique from Who's Who

My thanks to the following folks for sharing the news with me: Edward Crosby, Dave CoxMichael A. Burstein, Clark Edwards, LloydCraigWasHere, and anyone else I probably forgot!

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Live From Devon, PA – FIRE & WATER LESS-THAN-SPECIAL

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

Over 120 hours recording together, and then this happens! This less-than-special live recording 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.

You can find this less-than-special 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 (17 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!

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Here is a photo commemorating this historic first meeting! Shag on the left (with hair), Rob on the right (without hair). And for the record, the vertical line in the middle between posters is completely coincidental. This was not photoshopped together. So there.

Fire and Water Podcast - Shag and Rob meet face-to-face!

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DC RPG: The Hero Points Podcast, Episode 2 – The Atlas of the DC Universe

The Fire and Water Podcast proudly presents…

DC RPG: THE HERO POINTS PODCAST, Episode 02 – The Atlas of the DC Universe

DC RPG: The Hero Points Podcast

The second episode of our HERO POINTS podcast is now available — the show that tackles role-playing games set in the DC Universe! This time around Shag and Siskoid chat about The Atlas of the DC Universe, from Mayfair Games released in 1990. First, we interview comics legend and author of the Atlas, Paul Kupperberg. Then, we provide an overview of the Atlas pointing out some favorite bits. Finally, we wrap up the show with your Listener Feedback!

Find the second episode of DC RPG: THE HERO POINTS 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 (55 MB).

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Just to whet your appetite, here is a map of the United States indicating where all the fictitious cities are in the DCU! Click the image to enlarge. For lots more pages from this book, be sure to check out our Tumblr site: FireAndWaterPodcast.Tumblr.com!

Mayfair Games DC Heroes Role-Playing Game Atlas of the DC Universe

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BREAKING NEWS! Professor Martin Stein Coming to CW’s The Flash!

Professor Martin Stein will be coming to CW’s upcoming television series, The Flash! This announcement follows the news on July 9th that Robbie Amell has been cast as Ronnie Raymond. With no sign of Jason Rusch, when Firestorm eventually appears on the show it seems likely he’ll be the classic configuration.

Ronnie Raymond, Professor Martin Stein, and Firestorm

The news about Stein was revealed earlier today by Executive Producer Greg Berlanti during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Series stars and producers were on-hand to promote the show. Several news sites are reporting Stein’s addition to the show, but each site seems to have their own bits of information. I’ve included several below.

A few things to note in the reports… They refer to Firestorm, not just Ronnie Raymond and Professor Stein. Just in case anyone was doubting, that sounds like confirmation that Firestorm is in the series (not just Ronnie & Professor Stein)! Also, the reports call Stein, “Firestorm’s other half”, indicating the classic configuration!

TV Line reports:

As for Robbie Amell coming on board as Ronnie Raymond — one half of DC Comics character Firestorm — reporters were quick to wonder whether Firestorm’s other half, Martin Stein, will also be making an appearance. Berlanti revealed that Stein was initially in the pilot, but was eventually written out. That said, we will meet Stein as Amell’s character evolves.

TV Guide reports:

As previously announced, The Tomorrow People alum Robbie Amell has been cast as one half of Firestorm, and Berlanti announced that the other half, Martin Stein, will later be introduced. Also, the producers are aiming high up on the DC roster. “Between [Arrow and Flash], we’ll have half the Justice League on our two shows this year,” Berlanti says.

Hollywood Reporter states:

Berlanti revealed that there is a good chance viewers will meet Dr. Martin Stein, the other half of Firestorm, revealing that in an early draft, Stein was “in a version of the pilot.”

Entertainment Weekly reports:

And as previously announced, Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) will show up as one-half of Firestorm in episode three, and that the other half of Firestorm—Dr. Martin Stein—will come along as well. “I think as we evolve Firestorm, you’ll definitely meet Stein,” Berlanti said. “We actually had him in a version of the pilot at one point on the train with Barry when he was coming back from Starling.”

So excited! Professor Stein is one of my favorite characters in the Firestorm mythos!

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Firestorm, Batman & Superman by D.C. Stuelpner

I love this fantastic piece of Firestorm hangin’ with Supes and Bats by D.C. Stuelpner! Too funny! Click to enlarge.

Firestorm, Superman and Batman by D.C. StuelpnerBe sure to follow D.C. Stuelpner on his blog and deviantART. My thanks to the following Match-heads for sending this my way: Allen Lee HansardNick Martorelli, Hector Negrete, William Byrne, Marty Light, and others (sorry if I forgot to mention you!!)!

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Classic Fury of Firestorm #12, Aquaman #32, and Aquaman & the Others #4 – FIRE & WATER #94

Continuing THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST coverage of the classic Fury of Firestorm series from the 1980s!

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 94th 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.

Firestorm hits the small screen! This episode Shag and Rob talk about the casting of Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond on the upcoming CW television show, The Flash! Then the guys “get savage” and review The Fury of Firestorm #12 (May 1983) by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, Rodin Rodriguez, Gene D’Angelo, and Ben Oda! Next the savagery continues while Aquaman battles the Chimera in Aquaman #32 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, Rick Magyar, and Rain Beredo. Finally, Aquaman has a little lie down in Aquaman & The Others #4 by Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina, and Allen Martinez.

You can find the 94th 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 (26 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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The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #12 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano! Interior story and art by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick and Rodin Rodriguez! Click to enlarge!

Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man #12 cover by Pat Broderick & Dick Giordano

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Robbie Amell, Welcome to Firestorm’s Nuclear Family

Hi Robbie (and folks new to Firestorm),

Firestorm the Nuclear Man joins the CW Flash TV seriesCongratulations on being cast as Ronnie Raymond in the upcoming CW show, THE FLASH! I wanted to send a note welcoming you to the wonderful world of Firestorm the Nuclear Man! Reaction to your casting from fans of Firestorm (affectionately known as “Match-heads”) has been incredibly positive! Everyone is excited by the news and your joining the show. I’m not sure if you’ve had a chance to research Firestorm, but I thought providing a high-level overview might be helpful to you and folks unfamiliar with the character.

You’re the third actor to tackle the role of Ronnie Raymond, but the first in live action. Previous actors who voiced Ronnie Raymond in animation were Marc L. Taylor and Bill Fagerbakke, so you’re in good company.

Firestorm was created by Gerry Conway (writer) and Al Milgrom (artist) and first appeared on comic book shelves in December 1977. In addition to creating Firestorm, Conway is also known for creating Marvel’s Punisher & Batman’s foe Killer Croc, a lengthy and popular stint writing Spider-Man comics, and several writing and producing credits for TV & film. Firestorm went on to join the Justice League of America in March 1980, a tale also written by Conway.

As originally conceived, the character of Firestorm (and thus Ronnie Raymond) was similar to Marvel’s Spider-Man. An impulsive teenager with fantastic powers, an upbeat attitude, quick with the snappy banter, and adventures full of personal drama. The primary difference between Ronnie Raymond and Peter Parker (Spider-Man), was that Ronnie is more of a “dumb jock” than a brainy nerd. Ronnie’s heart was in the right place, but he didn’t always make the best decisions. The descriptive word most often associated with those early Firestorm adventures is, “Fun.” Firestorm was a fun comic to read and fun character to cheer for. This translated into success for the character and was one of DC Comics bestsellers in the early 1980s.

One of the unique aspects of Firestorm is that he’s a composite being. At will, two people fuse together to form the “nuclear man” Firestorm. While there have been several variations on the character over the years, typically Firestorm is formed by the merging of Ronnie Raymond and either Martin Stein or Jason Rusch. Originally Ronnie partnered with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Martin Stein through the late-1980s. In more recent years, Ronnie has been partnered with the scientifically-gifted teenager Jason Rusch. Ronnie is prominently in command of the Firestorm form with the second person acting as a voice of reason inside his mind. Banter between the two individuals making up Firestorm is a hallmark of their adventures. Below you’ll find Firestorm’s Who’s Who entry from 1985 detailing the characters origin and powers, followed by his more recent Who’s Who in the New 52 entry from 2012. Click the images to enlarge.

Firestorm from Who's Who - 1985

Firestorm Who's Who in the New 52 - 2012

Ronnie Raymond has an interesting and surprising history in the comics with the character of Felicity Smoak, a regular on Arrow played by Emily Bett Rickards. In the comics, Firestorm’s super-heroic actions caused 8 million dollars worth of damage to Felicity’s software company. Her response was to sue Firestorm for negligence! Meanwhile Felicity had fallen in love with Ronnie’s father, eventually marrying him and becoming Ronnie’s step-mother. I suspect that same story won’t play out between Arrow and The Flash. Another character from the comics connected to Firestorm is Caitlin Snow, a regular on The Flash played by Danielle Panabaker. In the comics, Caitlin is the latest incarnation of Killer Frost, Firestorm’s arch-nemesis. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out on The Flash given the announcement that Caitlin Snow will be Ronnie Raymond’s fiancee. Exciting!

If you are interested in reading more about Ronnie Raymond and Firestorm, I recommend two collected editions of his adventures. Firestorm: The Nuclear Man features the earliest adventures of Ronnie Raymond & Professor Martin Stein (comics from 1977-1980). While The Fury of Firestorm, The Nuclear Man Vol. 3: Takeover collects the more recent adventures of Ronnie Raymond & Jason Rusch (comics from 2012-2013).

Ronnie Raymond has a substantial fan base. Beyond those reading his adventures today, there are many people who fondly remember his appearances on the Super Friends cartoon and his 1980s comics. I started this FIRESTORM FAN blog back in 2009 as a way to celebrate all aspects of the character. With over half a million visitors, more than 900 posts, writer and artist interviews, and lots of followers on social media, I’m proud this site has become the primary source for Firestorm fandom. 

I think I speak for most Match-heads when I say we’re excited to finally see this character come to life! Whatever direction the writers, producers, directors or you take the character, we’ll be supporting you in this role and watching every week!

Sincerely,

Shag Matthews (a.k.a. The Irredeemable Shag)

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BREAKING NEWS! Robbie Amell is Ronnie Raymond on THE FLASH

Robbie Amell has been cast as Ronnie Raymond in the upcoming CW television show THE FLASH! Pinch yourself Match-heads, this is for real!!!!

Robbie Amell will play Ronnie Raymond on CW The Flash

The news has appeared in LOTS of places, but here are a few to check out:

From the TV Guide article:

The Tomorrow People alum, who is the real life cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell, will play Ronnie Raymond, better known in the DC Comics universe as half of Firestorm. On The Flash, Ronnie is a maintenance worker at S.T.A.R. Labs and Dr. Caitlin Snow’s (Danielle Panabaker) fiancé, whose fate is more complicated than first imagined. Ronnie plays an integreal part in the particle accelerator accident that transforms Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) into The Flash.

“Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and myself designed the pilot and series to include Ronnie (aka Firestorm) — and to actually have someone with Robbie’s talent playing the role is beyond exciting,” executive producer Greg Berlanti said in a statement. “We can’t wait for viewers and fans of the character to check it out.”

Amell, who will first appear in the third episode, added: “I’m so excited to join forces with Greg Berlanti and The CW again on The Flash. Being brought into the DC Universe is a dream, I can’t wait to get started!”

Lots to discuss in the upcoming months, but just give yourself a few moments for this to sink in! We’re getting a live action Ronnie Raymond. Let’s cross our fingers for Firestorm as well!!

Congratulations to Robbie Amell on landing this role. We’re looking forward to his interpretation of the character.  Let’s be sure we give him a Firestorm family welcome!

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Dark Firestorm in Legion of Super-Heroes

It’s a shame, but Firestorm hasn’t rubbed elbows with the Legion of Super-Heroes very often. They bump into each other during crossovers (i.e. Legends, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and such), but not on a regular basis. Clever writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning figured a way for Firestorm to interact with the Legion! During the “Foundations” story line (The Legion #25-30, Dec 2003-Apr 2004), Darkseid creates dark mirror versions of 20th century heroes, including Firestorm! Click the image below from The Legion #26 to enlarge.

The Legion #26 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Chris Batista, and Chip Wallace featuring Darkseid and Firestorm

This “Dark” Firestorm even merited a “VS System” collectible trading card from Upper Deck featuring art by Phil Noto!

Vs System - Legion of Super Heroes - Dark Firestorm  by Phil Noto

If you dig the Legion, Darkseid, or the Conner Kent version of Superboy, you should definitely check out the “Foundations” story line!

Since we’re on the subject of the Legion, I recently sat down with Michael Bailey to chat about the Legion of Super-Heroes on VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX! We spent about two hours going over our respective histories with the Legion, a basic history of the property itself, our favorite runs, some of the sillier aspects of the team’s history, and generally celebrated our love for this team. Please head over to VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX and check out this episode! My thanks to Mike for having me on the show!

Views from the Longbox - Legion Talk

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