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Fury of Firestorm (Classic) #23/Aquaman #43 – FIRE & WATER #141

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 141st 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.

Shag and Rob, back on the same podcast! This week they take a look at “Gospel of Destruction” from Aquaman #43 by Cullen Bunn, Trevor McCarthy, Jesus Marino, and Guy Major, followed by “Byte” from The Fury of Firestorm #23 (May 1984) by Gerry and Carla Conway, Rafael Kayanan, Rodin Rodriguez, Carl Gafford, and Andy Kubert. Including the very first comic appearance of Felicity Smoak! Plus your Listener Feedback!

You can find the 141st 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 play the podcast using the player below or by right-clicking “download”, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (48 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!

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Fury of Firestorm #23 cover by Rafael Kayanan and Dick Giordano

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  1. I just noticed the red on the cover of Aquaman #43 is actually Mera’s (or is that Siren’s) hair. I had assumed it was representing the blood of the battle, but you can see the outline of her face and hand. Nice design!

    Shagg raises an interesting point, which in and of itself is frightening. Since Mera is in her old school white collar and no sleeves look, how long has she been captured. If Bunn retcons that all of the Mera we’ve seen in the New 52 was actually siren, I think Rob’s head will explode.

    Didn’t Aquaman release the Kraken in the first Super Powers mini-series? I think it was the same issue where he squealed like a bee-yotch when savage Superman got a hold of him.

    As for Firestorm CAL-lasic, this issues sounds more Spider-Man-like with usual, with Firestorm royally screwing up, trying to do the right thing. Any particular reason someone didn’t hand Cliff Carmichael his ass at some point in this series? I knew I could say ass in the comments, because potty-mouth Rob dropped the F-bomb in the show.

    I think we’ll see Firehawk on Flash/LOT at some point. CW is just looking for an excuse to cast another attractive young female. It’s the CW, c’mon Shagg. Their casting director is your psychic twin: “She’s hot”.


  2. rob! says:

    If Bunn retcons that all of the Mera we’ve seen in the New 52 was actually Siren


    1. Mera will show up in a cut-off hoodie!


  3. Xum Yukinori says:

    Enjoyable show, gentlemen. I made the mistake of listening while finishing up this week’s “The Line It Is Drawn” submission. The whole “Terror-Byte” bit nearly made me use up my last eraser…

    If I may be allowed to be a little nitpicky, Shag, William Katt’s “Greatest American Hero” character was renamed Mr. Hanley for a short time, and not Mr. Hinckle. What I found hilarious was the episode, “Here’s Looking at You, Kid”, the first episode that removed the Hinckley name by essentially deleting it from the audio. There was one scene where Pam Davidson picked up her visiting parents at the airport, and the mother is raving about the sound of her fiancé’s last name, which was drowned out by a loud airplane noise every time she said it (and it was quite a number). I do not think it was possible to land that many planes so fast — even at LAX…

    And to be further nitpicky: no In Stock Trades recommendations this week? I trust this was a minor lapse and not the end of “a word from your sponsor”…

    Thank you for the additional Steam Award, gentlemen. I only did this so Rob would not go through life without seeing a 250th issue of Aquaman ( though I am sure he will see one for real one day). Rob, I am sorry to hear that the current Aquaman title is not bringing as much joy to you as you would like. Maybe when we enter the upcoming era of “DC Ooh!”…

    More award-winning Ace Kilroy? I am so there!

  4. Anj says:

    The addition of the ‘old school’ white collar on the imprisoned Mera is sheer genius! Love that little flourish.

    As for Firestorm, I think Byte is basically an 80’s version of Livewire, electric, jumping into devices and wall sockets, etc.

    As for Belle Haney and the Prof, I bet she is a wild woman. Maybe she is Zany Haney. And why was Professor Stein talking about hard drives so much? Oh yeah, it was a computer fair.

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