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DC Digests – FIRE & WATER #82

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The 82nd 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.

Let’s get small! This week, Rob and guest co-host Michael Bailey talk about one of their favorite comic book formats from childhood: the DC Digest!

You can find the 82nd 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 (31 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 InStockTrades.com!

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Fire and Water Podcast #82: DC Digests

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Firestorm is Everywhere!

Considering Firestorm’s ongoing series was canceled and he’s currently out of commission in Forever Evil, the Nuclear Man sure seems to be everywhere! If you haven’t picked up the following books, you probably should as they relate to Firestorm!

Justice League of America #13 written by Matt Kindt with art from Eddy Barrows, Tom Derenick, Eber Ferreira, Marc Deering, and Allen Martinez. I don’t want to say a lot, but our favorite Nuclear Man is definitely in this book! Click to enlarge!

Justice League of America #13 cover by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira

We already knew that Firestorm 3000 would be making an appearance in Justice League 3000 #5. Well, looks like he arrived a little early! Be sure to check out issue #4 of this series! Lots of world-building and interesting character development in this comic! Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis, art by Howard Porter, and colors by Hi-Fi. Click to enlarge!

Justice League 3000 #4 cover by Howard Porter

Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. continues to explore Firestorm’s supporting cast! Written by Sterling Gates, with art by Neil Edwards, Jason Paz, and Jay Leisten. Be sure to pick up the penultimate issue #5! Enjoying this book!

Forever Evil A.R.G.U.S. #5 cover by Jeremy Roberts

Finally, Firestorm even made it on the cover of this month’s Diamond Comic Distributors Previews catalog shilling for The New 52: Futures End. Click to enlarge!

Diamond Comics Previews March 2014 - The New 52 Futures End

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WHO’S WHO: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, Volume XVIII

Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC UniverseThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents… WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XVIII!

The eighteenth episode of our WHO’S WHO 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: Volume XVIII, discussing characters such as Phantom Girl, The Phantom Stranger, Plastic Man, Plastique, Poison Ivy, Power Girl, Psycho-Pirate, and many more! We wrap up the show with 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 eighteenth episode of WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE 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 download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (64 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 impressive George Perez and Dick Giordano cover for Volume XVIII! Click the image to enlarge.

Who's Who The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #18

Here are your Firestorm-related Who’s Who entries from this issue…

First up is Plastique, the bombastic bombshell, by Joe Brozowski & Dell Barras! She first battled the Nuclear Man back in Fury of Firestorm #7 (1982) and has continued to plague him ever since!

Who's Who Plastique by Joe Brozowski and Dell Barras

Next is Power Girl by Joe Staton! A long time ago on a satellite far, far away… Firestorm and Power Girl were very nearly an item! Don’t believe me? Then check out this post!

Who's Who Power Girl by Joe Staton

Then we’ve got the Pied Piper by Carmine Infantino and Dennis Jensen! Firestorm and the Musical Miscreant tangled in Fury of Firestorm #5 & #6 (1982)!

Who's Who Pied Piper by Carmine Infantino and Dennis Jensen

Finally we’ve got the Phantom Stranger by Jim Aparo! Firestorm and the Stranger spent some quality time together back in 1985 during Fury of Firestorm #32.

Who's Who Phantom Stranger by Jim Aparo

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Looking to the future with FUTURES END #5-8

On Wednesday DC Comics released solicitations for The New 52 – Futures End #5-8 shipping in June 2014. Below you’ll find the cover to issue #5 by Ryan Sook, followed by solicitations for the issues. Looks like our favorite Nuclear Dudes are in some trouble! A few things to notice: (1) Jason is sporting glasses — nice tip of the hat to Professor Stein; and (2) Jason is kneeling on the Firestorm insignia. I’m intrigued!

The New 52 - Futures End #5 cover by Ryan Sook

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #5
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Mr. Terrific unveils his latest technical achievement – but will it take over the DC Universe? Plus, Firestorm’s inner conflict explodes!

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #6
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Ray Palmer, Frankenstein and Amethyst take a dangerous journey into the Phantom Zone! And Batman Beyond’s mission could be over before it begins when someone discovers his arrival five years from now!

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #7
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #8
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Welcome to Cadmus Island, Grifter! We hope your visit is – survivable! Plus: Who is the strange being from the temple in southeast Asia – and why should John Constantine find him of great interest?

I’m not sure if Firestorm will appear in every issue, but it definitely sounds like we should check out issues #5 & #7! And Plastique makes the scene!

My thanks to Michael Wagner for the heads-up on these solicitations! Be sure to pre-order these from your comic dealer! Show your support for Firestorm!

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Silhouette Art by Steve Garcia – Massive Blog Crossover

Inspiring Artwork and a Blog Crossover?!?! Two great tastes that taste great together!

22 different blogs have joined forces today to celebrate the eye-catching silhouettes produced by artist Steve Garcia! Below you’ll find striking images of our favorite Nuclear Man and his Frigid Foe! These would make great posters!

Steve Garcia's Firestorm Silhouette Art on deviantART

Steve Garcia's Firestorm Silhouette Art on Facebook

Steve Garcia's Killer Frost silhouette on deviantART

Finally, here is a Firestorm silhouette wallpaper!

Steve Garcia's Firestorm Silhouette Art on deviantART

Wow! Love this artwork so much! Now, Steve Garcia did a lot more than just Firestorm…

Justice League of Bloggers Links

As mentioned, 22 different blogs have teamed-up today to share some of Steve Garcia’s artwork! While I’m featuring Firestorm here on my site, you should visit these other character-specific blogs to see how they spotlight their own favorite heroes today. Visit them now, visit them later, and visit them often!

Be sure to check out these older posts from the Justice League of Bloggers featuring Steve Garcia’s artwork!

For more of Steve Garcia’s artwork, keep up with him on FacebookdeviantARTTumblr, Twitter, and Instagram!

If you’ve enjoyed this blog crossover, then you should check out some previous comic blog crossovers we’ve done. The first major blog crossover celebrated the gorgeous George Pérez/Alex Ross painting from the Crisis on Infinite Earths 1998 hardcover. The next major blog crossover was a celebration of the Super Powers Collection’s 25th Anniversary. Some subsequent major crossovers included: DC ChallengeRead This TooMayfairstivusApril Fool’s Day 2011Blackest Night to Brightest DayGreen Lantern: Circle of FireAnimated Anthem DaySecret Files & Origins, DragonCon 2012 Cosplay, and Ghosts Annuals from 1998!

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Go read Justice League of America #13 in stores today!

Quit goofing around on the internet. Go read Justice League of America #13 in stores today! This issue continues the Forever Evil storyline. According to the solicits, “The fate of the Justice League revealed! Will Manhunter and Stargirl be alive long enough to learn the truth?”

If you can’t get to the comic shop right now (what’s wrong with you?!?!), then head over to BuzzFeed to check out the five page preview! This issue is written by Matt Kindt with art from Eddy Barrows, Tom Derenick, Eber Ferreira, Marc Deering, and Allen Martinez.

Below is the cover by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira (click to enlarge). While Firestorm isn’t mentioned in the solicit, nor does he appear in the five page preview, this cover seems to suggest he’s going to be pretty important!!

Justice League of America #13 cover by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira

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Alex M Clark Art – Marshmallows by the Firestorm

Alex M. Clark recently posted on his blog this super-fun image! It’s Firestorm cooking marshmallows with his own hair!

Alex M Clark's Firestorm

This cracks me up! Check out Alex M. Clark on his own blog and Twitter.

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Firestorm Action Figure & Listener Feedback – FIRE & WATER #81

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 81st 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 is all about YOU the listener! Rob and I start the episode chatting about an upcoming Firestorm action figure, then we turn it over to YOUR feedback!

You can find the 81st 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 (40 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 InStockTrades.com!

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Fire and Water Podcast #81 - Feedback and Action Figure!

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Favorite Covers: Rainy Days

With all the rain we’ve been having lately in my part of the world, I was reminded of two favorite Firestorm covers. In both cases the rain makes a really nice contrast for this character.

First up is Firestorm #98 (June 1990) with cover art by Tom Mandrake. This was during the Firestorm Elemental era; a personal favorite of mine. The vertical lines break up the art very effectively! Click to enlarge.

Firestorm #98 cover by Tom Mandrake

Next we’ve got The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #9 (February 1983) with cover art by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano. You’ll be seeing this cover again soon as we’ll cover this issue next month on THE FIRE & WATER PODCAST. We reviewed the previous issue earlier this week on Episode #80 of the podcast. What a great cover! The body language tells an entire story all by itself! Love this!! Click to enlarge.

Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man #9 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano

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Adorable FOREVER EVIL Firestorm by Nekemeko

Okay, so the art below is adorable, but the subject matter is disturbing (if you’ve read Forever Evil #3). I’m conflicted! Click to enlarge.

Adorable Firestorm from Forever Evil by Nekemeko

I’ve decided. It’s adorable! Great job by Nekemeko on the artwork! They labeled it, “They are more like Angry Birds.” Ha!

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