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Firestorm in DC Sampler 1983

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.

Fury of Firestorm in DC Sampler 1983 by Pat Broderick featuring Gerry Conway

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.

DC Sampler 1983 cover by Ed Hannigan and Dick Giordano

Thanks again to Russell Burbage for sending this my way!

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  1. Wow, I am so glad you liked it! I love to find silly things like this at antique malls while my wife is looking for glassware or fine China. You are MORE than welcome! :-)

  2. Dave Mullen says:

    Nope, never seen this either – great find! It’s nice that there can still be forgotten works out there to resurface after so long. Thanks for sharing.

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