It’s TEAM WEEK here at FIRESTORM FAN! Since his days of playing high school basketball, Ronnie Raymond has been a team player. Perhaps that is why he’s joined so many superhero teams! This week we’ll be looking at several of the teams he’s joined since becoming Firestorm!
First is how Firestorm joined the Justice League of America! When Firestorm the Nuclear Man was cancelled with issue #5 (Oct.-Nov. 1978), the character was shelved for a while. A year later co-creator Gerry Conway decided to dust off his creation and place him with the JLA. It all started in DC Comics Presents #17 (Jan. 1980) by Gerry Conway, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and Steve Mitchell. Firestorm had retired from the superhero community and was living his life as normal guys Ronnie Raymond and Professor Martin Stein. They were pulled out of retirement when Killer Frost escaped and attacked New York. Working together, Superman and Firestorm were able to recapture Killer Frost. Below is the final page from that comic.
What a stunner of an ending! The story picked up a few months later in Justice League of America #179. Check out this somewhat strange cover below by Jim Starlin. Superman is such a boss!
The issue itself was written by Gery Conway with art by Dick Dillin and Frank McLaughlin. I love this first page below! It cracks me up that the JLA identifies the membership privileges. I guess they feel it’s necessary to set boundaries for the members to ensure nobody steals the ashtrays or something.
The next few pages below cover Firestorm’s first hours as a JLA member. I love that the JLA is so mired in policy and procedure that Firestorm’s orientation includes a lecture from Batman on the satellite floor plan! Worse, it looks like several other JLA members have to sit through the lecture too! Cracks me up!
A little later, after Firestorm has undoubtedly received a lecture from Green Arrow on how to operate the space toilets, Firestorm is returned to Earth.
Pretty cool! Firestorm was a member of the League for nearly five years and appeared in many issues. I believe Firestorm’s membership in the JLA is what cemented his popularity and eventually lead to his own series and appearances in the Super Friends cartoon. Tomorrow we’ll look at the reasons for Firestorm’s departure from the Justice League.
In the spirit of TEAM WEEK, below are links to previous FIRESTORM FAN posts regarding various teams Firestorm has joined:
- How Ronnie Joined Extreme Justice – 1995 a.k.a. “How Ronnie Beat Cancer and Got His Powers Back – 1995″
- How Ronnie Left Extreme Justice – 1996 a.k.a. “Hi, My Name is Ronnie Raymond and I’m an Alcoholic”
- How Jason Joined the JLA – 2008
See you back here tomorrow!
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