Russell Burbage, a friend to FIRESTORM FAN and a die-hard Nuclear Sub, was kind enough to send me a copy of DC Sampler 1983! DC Samplers were free promotional comics distributed between 1983 and 1984. I’d heard of them, but had never seen any. Research shows this 1983 issue was the only one to feature Firestorm. When I received this copy from Russell, I was surprised to find original Pat Broderick artwork inside promoting the series! How exciting to discover “brand new” Pat Broderick Firestorm artwork! Near as I can tell, this issue hit the stands sometime between The Fury of Firestorm #16 (Sept 1983) and The Fury of Firestorm #18 (Nov 1983). That would make sense with the inclusion of Firehawk and Tokamak in this image. See below and click the image to enlarge.
Take a look at the guys in the plain clothes above. I checked with Pat Broderick to be positive, and sure enough that’s Pat himself at the drawing table, along with Gerry Conway standing behind him! Probably the only time a Firestorm creative team has appeared on the same page as our favorite Match-head.
Below you’ll find the fun jam cover by Ed Hannigan and Dick Giordano! Click the image to enlarge.
Thanks again to Russell Burbage for sending this my way!
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