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Classic Fury of Firestorm #6 Review & Aquaman #26 – FIRE & WATER #75

Continuing THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST coverage of the classic Fury of Firestorm series from 1982! We’ve received an incredibly positive response so far and we’re loving these comics! 

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 75th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is now available for your listening pleasure! THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is the official podcast of FIRESTORM FAN and THE AQUAMAN SHRINE.

This episode Rob and Shag dive into Jeff Parker’s first issue swimming with the King of the Seven Seas! Aquaman #26 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, Netho Diaz, Ruy Jose, Wil Quintana, & Andrew Dalhouse. Next the guys follow the Pied Piper into The Fury of Firestorm #6 (Nov. 1982) by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, Rodin Rodriguez, and Gene D’Angelo.

You can find the 75th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST on iTunes. While you’re there, please drop us a review on the iTunes page. Every comment helps! Alternatively, you may download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (25 MB).

As always, thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on these episodes! Opening theme, “That Time is Now,” by Michael Kohler. Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic original closing theme! This episode brought to you in part by!

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Check out the covers to Fury of Firestorm #6 and Aquaman #26 below!

The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #6 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano! Interior story and art by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick and Rodin Rodriguez! Click the image to enlarge.

Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man #6 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano

Aquaman #26 cover by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons! Click the image to enlarge.

Aquaman #26 cover by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons

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  1. Siskoid says:

    So Aquaman, Parker got me back in, but the art was really uneven. Not a fan of Diaz’ stiff figure work.

    Loved the water spout too, that’s exactly the kind of fun use of powers, pure superheroics, I was expecting from Parker, and that alone is a reason to keep reading the title, even if I thought there were some growing pains to the rest. Hopefully, being put upon by having to deal with politics is a precursor to his leaving the throne behind.

    “Fishy”, ha!

    Fury of Firestorm #6… MISSING FROM MY COLLECTION! Thanks for the recap.

  2. Oooh, Masters of the Universe 16 page preview! Battle-cat!!

  3. Kyle Benning says:

    RELEASE THE KRAKEN! The Jeff Parker era of Aquaman kicks off! And Michael Bailey with a guest appearance! I feel like this is publishing scheme cooked up by Marvel comics, hoping that they can sell any issue by sticking Wolverine in there.

    I kid, I kid, always happy to hear Mr. Bailey pop up into a podcast, and you guys of course always do a great show and don’t need a ringer to get listeners.

    I enjoyed the issue as well. I’m excited to see where Parker goes with this! It’s got a lot of fun packed into the first issue.

    I love this issue, another gorgeous Broderick cover, and I agree with Shag, I love covers with word balloons! I miss those covers. DC really has flipped things around, in the good ol days, a Superman cover would feature a scene that had nothing to do with book and Superman would be saying something really mean to Lois Lane and look like a jerk but then inside the book in the actual story Superman would be that nice guy boyscout we all know and love. Now there are covers with no word balloons, and Superman is a jerk on every page of the inside of the book. The 2nd part of that great Pied Piper issue with the Pan Pipes, this issue, like almost every issue in this run, is fantastic. That jail scene with Pied Piper turning into a satyr creepied me out as a kid. Its kind of funny now, but definitely struck me as creepy, it reminded me of the Boogie Man from the Real Ghostbusters Cartoon (which voiced by Frank Welker was terrifying to me as a child). That level of creepiness is amped up as we find out that Pan is the guy pulling the strings (PULLS THE STRINGS!). I miss exposition pages. That one exposition page takes longer to read than an entire $3.99 comic these days. (Not so)Old man grumble.

    Don’t do it Shag! So what if it’s a New Year? Doreen is still a terrible awful person, and I hope all of the bad things in the world happen to her and nobody else.

    Another great episode fellas. Happy New Year to you both! 2014 the year of Fire & Water! Fan the flame and ride the wave!

  4. Anj says:

    I will admit that I haven’t read any of Aquaman in the new 52 but the review of this issue was so interesting that I am thinking of grabbing the book when I head to the LCS this afternoon.

    And as I have said in other places, Fury of Firestorm was one of the first comics I read on a truly monthly basis so hearing these reviews is like reliving my youth. I also thought this issue amped up the creepiness factor a ton. The Pied Piper as a satyr in the jail cell was done just right with a great reveal panel. I did think the fight was Pan did end a bit too easily.

    Will the inclusion of Firestorm in the upcoming weekly mean an end to these nostalgia trips. I am looking forward to hearing the reviews of the upcoming Hyena arc, my favorite one of the early years of the book.

  5. Frank says:

    Sorry I’m so late replying to this episode. It used to be that my least favorite ones were Power Records related, since it just seemed like Rob was hiding elements of one of his old sites in our potatoes and saying they’re good for us. However, since that segment has spun off into its own series with an upgraded format including guest co-hosts and extended commentary, I can chill with it. In fact, if Rob were to do a Captain America one without me, that would be… unfortunate.

    Anyway, the comic book review episodes are now the ones I treat as a chore. There’s a synopsis, and then there’s a commentary crap shoot (Good? Bad? Indifferent? Just depends) Then there’s usually extended break matter, followed by another synopsis/review. I had to listen to the episode multiple times, because my brain kept drifting off for minutes at a time until I lost my place and tried again.

    The In Stock Trades recommendations were solid. The Jeff Parker run is not starting from a place that makes me regret trade-waiting, from what I’m hearing. I’m on Rob’s side about the same old royalty bull. The bit where a hero keeps still and allows the Earth to carry on without them goes back to at least Guardian of Alpha Flight.

    Video Comics sound awesome, and I love the voice of the Swamp Thing narrator. I hope the Atom episode turns up sometime.

    “Every issue is of a… consistent quality.” I read your code.

    The last thing that bugs me about synopsis episodes is the lack of extras, such as reader feedba–

    Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey:
    ““If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that’s what He’s getting””

    This has been Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey…

    This concludes our broadcast day. The FAWP offices are located at 666 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York with our transmitter atop Titans Tower. We welcome any additional comments you may have about our programming. We are a member of the Association of Unofficial DC Comics Podcasters, owned and operated by Nuclear Submarines Affiliated. Some of today’s programming has been mechanically reproduced. Fan the flame and ride the wave. Good night, and Godspeed. And now, our national anthem…

    Oh, say can you see,
    by the dawn’s early light
    What so proudly we hailed,
    at the twilight’s last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
    thru the perilous fight,
    O’er the ramparts we watched,
    were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket’s red glare,
    the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night,
    that our flag was still there.
    Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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