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Fred Hembeck Firestorm Sketch Card

You can’t help but love Fred Hembeck! Growing up I adored his DC Comics strips on the “Daily Planet” pages, and his work in Marvel Age. Pure fun!

Match-head Nico Lizarraga sent me a scan of a Hembeck Firestorm sketch card he acquired a while ago. Love it!

Fred Hembeck draws Firestorm

Fred Hembeck draws Firestorm

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Live from Gene Hendricks’ Basement – FIRE & WATER #130

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 130th 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.

Recorded live and in-person! Shag, Rob and special guest Gene Hendricks reminisce about “road trip comics”!

You can find the 130th 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 (41 MB).

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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Fire and Water Podcast: Irredeemable Shag, Gene Hendricks, and Rob Kelly

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Back to the Futures End – Issues #40-43

Hey Match-heads, Shag here! Today our good friend Tim Wallace continues his coverage of DC’s weekly event, The New 52: Futures End! If you missed the previous installments, click hereWarning, Tim’s entries contain SPOILERS for the related issues of The New 52: Futures End. Consider yourself warned!  

Be sure to follow Tim’s regular work over on his exceptional site, Kord Industries: A Blue Beetle Blog! Get all your Ted Kord, Jaime Reyes, and Dan Garrett goodness there! Get even more Tim-time over at the Legion of Super-Bloggers! You can also stalk Tim on TwitterFacebook, and Google Plus. And now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

Sure, Futures End & Convergence are both done, but that doesn’t mean our coverage is over! We’re nearly there though. This is the penultimate (I love that word) Futures End post!

The New 52: Futures End #40

Five years from now in Smallville, Kal-El runs home for a change of clothes while Constantine faces of the children of the cornfield. Not one to rest on his laurels, Constantine uses Midge’s blood to draw a symbol on his face. The corn creatures think he’s mocking Brainiac…but he’s not. He’s summoning a hungry demon boar! On the Justice League’s satellite, all hands are on deck! Wildfire and Dawnstar from the Legion of Super-Heroes, Vostok from Aquaman’s Others, Equinox from Justice League Canada, Stormguard, Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Woman…only member missing is Snapper Carr (just kidding). Everyone has shown up in response to the alarms from the sensors. And what just came through? Stormwatch…with a warning. Brainiac is coming!

New 52: Futures End #40

With that the Engineer gets possessed by the big B again and things get weird. A giant green energy web covered planet (?) is hovering in near space…and blasting the Earth with bolts of energy. Firestorm, Masked Superman, Batman, Plastique…they all see it, but have other things they need to attend to. In New York, the Bat Team raids Terrifitech, only to find nearly every employee is dead.

New 52: Futures End #40

Team Firestorm wants to help, but Cyborg orders them to keep an eye on Polaris instead. And then a Brainiac ship, or rather a Super Powers era Brainiac ship, appears and begins encircling New York under an energy grid. Luckily, Kal-El found his Superman t-shirt, and is on his way!

New 52: Futures End #40

The New 52: Futures End #41

As if capturing New York under a dome isn’t enough, Brainiac begins walking through the city like Kong or Godzilla.

New 52: Futures End #41

Luckily star reporter Lois Lane is on the scene, though she’s unsure if she’ll ever get the chance to actually report it. Kal-El flies in, smashing at the spheres that make up Brainiac’s energy grid…but it doesn’t seem to do anything more than tick off the giant villain. While in space the Super Powers Brainiac skull ship begins emitting a sound Ray Palmer compares to thousands of people screaming. Hawkman charges in, desperate to save the Engineer, and gets a shocking glimpse of the Multiverse before being separated into several Hawkmen (reversing the effects of Zero Hour?).

New 52: Futures End #41

Back at Terrifitech, Brother Eye seems to be taunting a shocked Mr. Terrific, while Batman and company try to make their way through the building. There’s a little tension between Bats and Cal/Tim, especially when Bruce nearly calls him Robin, so they split up. While Cal/Tim and Plastique try to find who or what is controlling the power to the building, Bats seems to know exactly where to find Mr. Terrific.

New 52: Futures End #41

Masked Superman is still eager to join the fight, but something is interfering with the transporter signal. Against everyone’s better judgment, Madison frees Yamazake/Polaris who instantly fixes the problem and beams Firestorm, Masked Superman and himself right to the feet of the rampaging Brainiac…and saved by Kal-El!

New 52: Futures End #41

The New 52: Futures End #42

In space, the skull ship is firing a beam of energy at the Earth (New York to be exact). Hawkman is “dead”, the Atom is missing. Wildfire, Cyborg, Dawnstar and Equinox try to take out the ship on their own, but find it’s not that easy. Wildfire is the first one down, so Cyborg orders the others to take him and retreat…he’s got this.

New 52: Futures End #42

In New York, Billy Batson decides with the real Superman back in action he can take off the mask and call down the lightning! Superman explains he wasn’t dead, he was recovering. He knows Brainiac isn’t here to destroy the city he’s here to take it! So Superman and Shazam set off to stop him! At Terrifitech, Batman comes to the realization that Mr. Terrific has lost his mind, and after punching him, begins taking steps to shut down Brother Eye.

New 52: Futures End #42

Bat-Joker is trying to finish off Batman Beyond, but the hero won’t go down that easy! BB calls for A.L.F.R.E.D. to come back online and determine if the Brainiac spheres follow any kind of pattern. Once the answer is determined, he seemingly dispatches “The Thing With Two-Heads” by leading him into the path of the next falling sphere. Back in space, Cyborg tries unsuccessfully to take out the Brainiac ship on his own. What he doesn’t know though is that the Atom isn’t dead…he’s just really tiny and flying into the ship himself! Inside Ray Palmer catches glimpses of the Multiverse, and eventually finds the Engineer who’s wired up like some sort of data hub. So he does what any quick thinking hero would do. He cuts her free.

New 52: Futures End #42

Back on Earth, Superman and Shazam have been unsuccessful in stopping the giant Brainiac and now the alien is preparing to lift the domed New York City to his waiting ship…except by removing the Engineer, Cyborg and Atom have disabled the ship. It would seem like a good thing until, back on Earth, Brother Eye comes online!

New 52: Futures End #42

The New 52: Futures End #43

In New York, Lois Lane is reunited with Superman. Kal-El was knocked to the ground by Brainiac and she rushes to his side, “We need you.” She has questions, but he doesn’t have much time. He’s determined to stop Brainiac. He also seems to get his cape in a bunch when she mentions Batman.

New 52: Futures End #43

Brainiac, being an ever resourceful evil intellect, goes with his plan B to take the city. He’s going to fly it off the Earth manually. If all of this wasn’t bad enough, every screen and monitor in the city is branded with the symbol of Brother Eye.

New 52: Futures End #43

Tim and Plastique think they hear something as they search the building. Maybe whatever is responsible for killing everyone? Nope…just Key and Coil. They’ve been laying low since everything went down. Coil, who’s tapped into the Earth’s magnetic field, has been sick a side effect of Brainiac’s attempts to bottle and remove the city from the planet. While they try to figure out what to do, robo-bug Plastique appears from the shadows! Plastique has no love for her future self, and tries to blow the robo-bug up…but nearly falls from the skyscraper in the process. Luckily her new boyfriend Batman Beyond is there to save her.

New 52: Futures End #43

Bats and Mr. Terrific argue about what to do, until Terrific finally admits he doesn’t know…and he needs help!

New 52: Futures End #43

Well, that was…domed cities? Either this was a happy coincidence or a well planned story, tying into the concepts of the (at the time) upcoming ”Convergence”. We shall see…I’ll be back soon with the final Futures End recap!

Shag here again! That’s it for this month! Thanks again to Tim for this fantastic coverage! Tim will return with further coverage of, The New 52: Futures End! Let us know what you think of this weekly series in the comments.

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Secret Origins Podcast starring Firestorm

Have you listened to the SECRET ORIGINS PODCAST? If not, you are missing something really special! Each week Ryan Daly is joined by a different guest for in-depth coverage of one issue of this classic 1980s series! Ryan has done a fantastic job with the series and each episode is chock-full of fascinating information.

This week, Ryan invited The Irredeemable Shag (hey, that’s me!) to cover Secret Origins #4 staring Firestorm the Nuclear Man! This issue was written by Gerry Conway with art by George Tuska and Pablo Marcos, and a cover by Al Milgrom. This issue tells the story of Professor Martin Stein’s journey to becoming one half of Firestorm. Click here for this episode!

Secret Origins #4 starring Firestorm

My thanks to Ryan for having me on his show! After listening to this episode, be sure to check out the other episodes of this outstanding podcast!

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Dr. Fate by Marty Pasko and Walt Simonson – FIRE & WATER #129

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 129th 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.

Rob takes the week off, so Shag is joined by guest podcaster Kyle Benning of the King-Size Comics, Giant-Size Fun Podcast! Together they look at one of their all-time favorite single-issue comics, Dr. Fate in “The Immortal Destiny” from FIRST ISSUE SPECIAL #9! This story by Martin Pasko and Walt Simonson updated Dr. Fate and forever changed the character!

You can find the 129th 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 (49 MB).

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 InStockTrades.com!

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Dr Fate in 1st Issue Special by Marty Pasko & Walt Simonson on Fire & Water Podcast

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Shag in Who’s Who!

I’ve been a tremendous fan of DC Comics’ Who’s Who since 1985 (as evidenced by the WHO’S WHO PODCAST), but never imagined I’d actually be featured in a Who’s Who-like entry! Check out the Who’s Who custom page below compiled and drawn by the amazingly talented Xum Yukinori, featuring text by my good buddy Michael Bailey! Click the image to enlarge!

FireShag in Who's Who by Xum Yukinori

So cleverly done, with so many in-jokes too! I’m am flattered and completely humbled by the guys putting this together for me.  THANK YOU, XUM & MICHAEL!

You can keep up with Xum on his website and on Twitter; while you can keep up with Michael on his website and Twitter.

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WHO’S WHO: Update ’87 Podcast, Volume 1

Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC UniverseThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents… WHO’S WHO: UPDATE ’87 PODCAST, volume 1!

The inaugural episode of our WHO’S WHO UPDATE ’87 podcast is now available — the show that dares to tackle one of DC Comics’ greatest publications! Each episode Rob and I cover a single issue of the legendary 1980s series, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe. This time around we chat about WHO’S WHO: UPDATE ’87, volume 1, discussing characters such as the Young All-Stars, Batman, Bizarro, Black Adam, Booster Gold, Carcharo, and more! We wrap up the show with your Who’s Who Listener Feedback! This episode sponsored in part by InStockTrades.com!

Be sure to check out our Tumblr site for several pages from this Who’s Who issue: FireandWaterPodcast.Tumblr.com!

Have a question or comment? Send us an e-mail at: firewaterpodcast@comcast.net

You can find the first episode of WHO’S WHO: UPDATE ’87 on iTunes. Each episode is released as part of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST feed. While you’re on iTunes, please drop us a review. 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 (135 MB).

Thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on this episode! Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic Who’s Who theme song!

One of the coolest aspects of each Who’s Who issue was the amazing wrap-around cover! Check out this beautiful cover by Joe Brozowski and Dick Giordano! Click the image to enlarge.

Who's Who: Update '87 Podcast, volume 1

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Power Records Podcast #10: Star Trek!

The Power Records Podcast, Part of the Fire and Water Podcast NetworkThe tenth episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST is now available! In this episode, hosts Rob Kelly and Chris Franklin discuss two Star Trek audio adventures, “A Mirror For Futility” and “The Time Stealer.” They wrap up with your Listener Feedback! LLAP!

Find the tenth episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST on iTunes. Each episode is released as part of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST feed. While you’re on iTunes, please drop us a review. Alternatively, you may play the podcast using the player below or download right-clicking “download”, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (59 MB).

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Star Trek Power Records

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Golden Age Firestorm Who’s Who – Fan art by Xum Yukinori

Check out this amazing fan-made Who’s Who page featuring a Golden Age version of Firestorm! This brilliant piece was featured on Comic Book Resources “The Line It Is Drawn” and is the handiwork of  Xum Yukinori, friend to the Fire & Water Podcast! Click the image to enlarge!

Golden Age Firestorm Who's Who by Xum Yukinori

I love this soooo much! It’s even funnier as this Firestorm fought the Golden Age Aquaman! My thanks to Xum for sharing this super-fun piece with us!

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DC Comics Bombshells Killer Frost Statue & Flash Cover

Killer Frost is getting the “bombshell” treatment! Check out below the DC Comics Bombshells Killer Frost Statue from DC Collectibles coming in Spring 2016! On the left you’ll find the inspiring artwork by Ant Lucia! Click to enlarge the image below.

DC Comics Bombshells Killer Frost Statue with art by Ant Lucia

Based upon pre-orders, this statue will retail for around $99. Here is the product description:

DC Comics Bombshells Killer Frost Statue:
Hit the slopes with Killer Frost. This DC Comics Bombshells Killer Frost Statue is designed by Ant Lucia and sculpted by Tim Miller and Sam Greenwell. Killer Frost stands over 10-inches tall in her skiing attire of a short mini-skirt, scarf, sweater, and winter hat. Frost is strapped in her skis and is holding onto her ski poles. Killer Frost features a light blue “frozen” paint scheme as she stands atop her name display base.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll soon be seeing the Bombshell Killer Frost grace a variant cover for The Flash #43 coming in August 2015!

Flash #43 variant cover Killer Frost Bombshell

My thanks to Kevin Thomas King for the heads-up on the statue, and Speed Force for posting the variant Flash cover!

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