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Nuclear News – 2009.06.08

Welcome to another installment of FIRESTORM FAN’s Nuclear News!  Sorry I’ve been away for a bit.  My other blog, ONCE UPON A GEEK, has been keeping me busy.  Lots to catch up on, so let’s get on with it..

  • Dwayne McDuffie, writer of Justice League of America, has been fired from the JLA book.  According to McDuffie, the termination had nothing to do with the quality of his work or the level of sales, rather with his revealing behind-the-scenes creative discussions.  Len Wein will temporarily replace him on the book.  So where does this leave Firestorm (Jason Rusch)?  Not sure at this point.  However, I know that McDuffie wasn’t the one who put Firestorm in the JLA.  That was decided before McDuffie even took the assignment (click here for more on that).  So hopefully that same person will keep Firestorm in the book.
  • The Last Days of Animal Man #1 shipped a couple weeks ago.  This book is written by Firestorm creator and long-time writer, Gerry Conway.  This is his first foray into comics in 20 years.  Here are a couple reviews of the book: IGN and  Comic Book Resources.
  • Not new news, but still interesting.  On the TV show Big Bang Theory, the character of Sheldon consistently shows off his fondness for superheroes.  He was seen in episode 16 wearing a t-shirt with Firestorm on it (the same shirt that was featured here a while back).  Click here and click here for more information on Sheldon’s shirts.  Additionally, Ed from Ordinary Man reports that a Firestorm action figure appeared in Sheldon’s apartment in one episode!
  • Not directly related, but Firestorm Cafe and Books in Asheville celebrates it’s first anniversary.  While it’s not related to the DC superhero in any way, I will be in Asheville in August and plan to try and visit the book store because of the name (and I’m a sucker for book stores).
  • Mail it to Team-Up recently re-presented DC Comics Presents #90, featuring Superman, Captain Atom, and Firestorm.  This is an interesting pre-Crisis team-up between the three characters.  Both Superman and Captain Atom were dramatically changed after Crisis on Infinite Earths, so this is a unique look at the characters just before the changes were implemented.
  • The message boards are buzzing with speculation about what will happen to Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch after Blackest Night.
  • Frank over at …nurgh… posted a gorgeous copy of the advertisement for the 1986 Firestorm/Blue Devil crossover.  I did a scan of the same ad a few months ago, and mine looks like garbage compared to his.  You really gotta check it out!
  • Dan Mishkin & Gary Cohn (creators of Blue Devil and Amethyst Princess of Gemworld) were recently interviewed by yours truly.  There was some brief discussion of the 1986 Firestorm/Blue Devil crossover.  You can listen to the entire audio interview over at ONCE UPON A GEEK, or download the file and listen at your leisure.

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  1. rick says:

    Thanks for the link to the DC Comics Presents #90 issue.

  2. Ed says:

    Correction on this: We have seen the Firestorm action figure on their shelf in many episodes.

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