When it comes to Firestorm comics, I’m a completist. I want to own every appearance of Firestorm in comic book form. It may seem a bit crazy, but it’s kind of my thing.
One of the tools I’ve used over the years was the 1993 Mayfair Games role-playing supplement to Who’s Who in the DC Universe. Each supplement page included a complete list of comic book appearances for that specific character. Seriously, a COMPLETE list up to the date of publication. It’s amazing! Below you’ll find the Firestorm list of appearances through 1993 from the supplement.
What a great resource! Think Firestorm’s listing is long and overly-detailed? You should see Superman’s list of appearances! It’s insane!
The Firestorm listing above was extremely helpful in my back issue hunting. In fact, I managed to pick up every appearance of Firestorm on this list, with the exception of one comic. For whatever reason, I was never able to find a copy of BLASTERS SPECIAL #1. I know, BLASTERS, really? This INVASION spin-off was not exactly a top-seller, but I still was unable to find a copy… until a few months ago! I was trolling through some fifty-cent bins and stumbled across my own personal Holy Grail of Firestorm back issue finds – BLASTERS SPECIAL #1! I couldn’t believe it! My long journey of seeking Firestorm back issues was finally at an end. With an amazing amount of satisfaction, I plunked down my two quarters for this comic.
After nearly 20 years hunting this comic, it was finally in my hands! I anxiously flipped through the book looking for my favorite Nuclear Man. Surely if I’ve waited this long for the comic, Karma should deliver an amazing Firestorm appearance. Doesn’t that seem cosmically fair?
I finished flipping through the comic, but failed to find Firestorm. Huh? I tried again. After a second more thorough examination, I found Firestorm in the comic! Yup, he appeared in exactly one panel. That’s right, just one. And he didn’t even have a speaking part. Just some guy stuffed in the corner of a mediocre splash page. What a disappointment! To save you match-heads the effort of digging up BLASTERS yourself, below is the one panel Firestorm appears in. Click the image to enlarge.
Geez. After a nearly twenty year search, that’s it? Such a disappointment. The burden of being a completist is a heavy one.
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