Welcome to WHO’S WHO WEEK here at FIRESTORM FAN! I’m breaking my own rules early on by posting five times this week. Each day this week will feature a different Who’s Who entry about Firestorm. Thursday and Friday’s content won’t actually be from Who’s Who, but similar reference material (like Secret Files or the DC Comics Encyclopedia). Each Who’s Who post will cover a different incarnation of Firestorm. I like to spread the love around to the various different match-heads.
As I’ve mentioned before, FIRESTORM FAN is not intended to be an all-knowing encyclopedic reference site. There are already several excellent Firestorm resources in my blogroll, so I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. However, I was feeling that some explanation of the character’s history would be beneficial. Then it occurred to me… publishing old Who’s Who entries would kill two birds with one stone! The Who’s Who entries would provide encyclopedic information about Firestorm, while also showcasing previous Firestorm content. Perfect!
Today’s post comes from Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #8 (October 1985). This was the first Who’s Who series and featured the original Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond/Professor Martin Stein). It’s not clear who wrote this particular entry, but from the contents page we know it was one of the following people: Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Peter Sanderson, Paul Levitz, Gary Cohn, Mike W. Barr, or Todd Klein. The art in the entry below is by Al Milgrom, co-creator of Firestorm and artist on Firestorm volume I. Such a great iconic image of the character! This particular issue of Who’s Who was published around the same time as Fury of Firestorm the Nuclear Man (volume II) #40, so information presented was current to that point.
If you are interested in reading the text, click the image for a larger version.
Below you will find the outstanding wraparound cover to this issue of Who’s Who by George Perez. Both Firestorm and Firehawk are featured prominently on this cover. Great job, George!
UPDATED: I stand corrected! Rob from the Aquaman Shrine pointed out my error. This cover was actually pencilled by Paris Cullins with inks by Dick Giordano. There was no cover credit inside the comic itself, but I’ve verified Rob is correct at the Comic Book Database. I was sure this was a Perez drawing, but now in hindsight I mistook Giordano’s inks for Perez’s pencils. Sorry for any confusion. Regardless, it’s still a beautiful piece! My thanks to Rob for the assist!
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