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Classic Fury of Firestorm #15 & Aquaman #35 – FIRE & WATER #105

Continuing THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST coverage of the classic Fury of Firestorm series from the 1980s!

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 105th 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 week Shag and Rob review Aquaman #35 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rain Beredo, the first part of the “Maelstrom” saga. Next, Multiplex wins against the Nuclear Man in The Fury of Firestorm #15 (August 1983) by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, Rodin Rodriguez, Gene D’Angelo, and Adam Kubert! Finally, your feedback from the previous issues!

You can find the 105th 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 (53 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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The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #15 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano! Interior story and art by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick and Rodin Rodriguez! Click to enlarge!

Fury of Firestorm #15 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano

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  1. Am I the only one who finds it funny that Aquaman just started an arc called “Maelstrom” (which is a word you don’t hear often), while Disney shuts down their long-running Maelstrom ride at Walt Disney World’s Epcot park to put in a Frozen attraction? Okay, it is just me.

    Nice to hear Paul Pelletier is well-liked by Aqua-fans. I enjoyed his runs on various titles from the late 90s, early 00s like Titans and Flash. In the age of a lot of murky art, his clean, classic style is very refreshing.

    So Ronnie got some action, huh? This shows how progressive DC was getting at the time. Around this same time it was heavily hinted that Robin and Starfire were sleeping together, even before the famous bedroom scene in NTT, vol. 2, #1. When Starfire comes out wearing Dick Grayon’s shirt, and he is shirtless…well, it’s not hard to put 2 and 2 together. And I just threw that in because I know how much Shag loves Starfire.


  2. Kyle Benning says:

    A great start to the Aquaman arc, I am all about the mythos building of Atlantis; I love that sort of mythology and history aspect of mysterious civilizations in comics.

    Man do I love this Firstorm issue, we’re really in the heart of the best Firestorm stories ever during this run or at least my favorites for the character. Can’t wait for coverage of the next issue.

    Looking forward to the next review issue, another Fire & Water Winner. Fan the Flame and Ride the Wave!

  3. Frank says:

    I like the Maelstrom name and trade dress. Don’t recall much fuss being made in the solicitations, and next month’s guest appearance by Martian Manhunter was played so vague that he wasn’t even mentioned in the copy. Is this some sort of stealth event? Anyway, glad the podcast has me up to speed before reading my first issue in over a year.

    I’m enjoying the Prime of Your Life podcast two episodes in, despite not actually giving two cares about the Ultraverse line nor seeing much value in that IP. But the hosting duo do, and that makes it a good listen.

    It occurs to me that the Firestorm title has accumulated a lot of boundary crossing over its short run, from the nude debut of the teenage boy-aging professor gestalt crusader to the constant gender bending villains to the underage sexcapades and allusions to wife-beating. I think I’m starting to understand Shag better.

    I appreciate Rob’s plug of our Marvel Super Heroes Podcast, though it retroactively makes me feel that much more crumby for messing up my time zones and standing him up on a play date for the show. Sorry again…

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