I love this image of Ronnie Raymond as Firestorm with Ray Palmer as the Atom! This comes from JLA #69 (Oct. 2002) by Yvel Guichet and Mark Propst.
This art comes from a time when Ronnie was operating solo as Firestorm. Also during this era, Ray Palmer was mentoring Ronnie in science to aid him with his atomic restructuring powers. Given the circumstances, Ray Palmer made a great stand-in for Professor Martin Stein.
I’ve said it before, but just imagine if Ray had joined the Firestorm matrix! While merged, Ray would have brought his scientific know-how and granted Firestorm the ability to shrink. Those adventures would have been atomically cool!!! In the early 2000s, I was convinced this merger was going to happen at any moment. I envisioned Ronnie having the option of becoming Firestorm on his own, or by merging with Ray. That would have provided lots of storytelling opportunities for Ronnie and Ray to team-up or operate independently. Given that neither character could support a series of their own at that time, it seems logical that together they might have attracted enough readers and revitalized the characters. I still think this would have been a great idea…
For a little more on Ronnie and Ray during this era, check out these posts:
- Unhappy Valentine’s Day to Firehawk and Booster Gold
- Firestorm in Green Lantern: Circle of Fire
- Green Lantern and Firestorm the Nuclear Man
- How Ronnie Re-Joined the JLA – 2002
Finally, if you’re a fan of The Atom be sure to check out the Power of the Atom blog run by our good buddy Diabolu Frank! It’s a fun site dedicated to The Atom and Captain Atom!
Support Firestorm (and Ray Palmer)! Fan the flame!