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Back to the Futures End – Issues #0-3

Hey Match-heads! Shag here, wishing a warm nuclear welcome to the newest member of the FIRESTORM FAN family — Mr. Tim Wallace! Tim has graciously agreed to provide monthly coverage of DC’s latest weekly event, The New 52: Futures End! Firestorm plays a major role in the series, yet we haven’t focused much on it here. Well, Tim has arrived in the nick of time! Warning, Tim’s entries here will 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! You can also stalk Tim on Twitter, Facebook, and Google PlusAnd now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

Before I get started, I want to thank Shag for allowing me the opportunity to be a guest blogger here at Firestorm Fan! As you may, or may not, know I run Kord Industries: A Blue Beetle Blog. I wouldn’t have even dreamed of doing it if not for the inspiration and encouragement of Shag and Rob (at Aquaman Shrine). So the fact that Shag trusts me to supply content on his page is quite a compliment.

I’ll be providing recaps and commentary on DC’s “The New 52 Futures End” each month, with a look back at the previous month’s issues. Though I’ve had some mixed feelings about the “New 52” in general, I’ve enjoyed this story so far. The key for me has been to read it like it was an Elseworlds story. These aren’t the heroes I know and love…they’re alternate versions from a world somewhere in DC’s Multiverse. It makes it easier to accept the differences, for me anyway. So without further ado…let’s get started with issues 0-3!

Free Comic Book Day — The New 52: Futures End #0

35 years into the future Brother Eye, a sentient computer, has taken over the Earth and assimilated most of the world’s heroes, turning them into cybernetic monsters. Think “Star Trek’s” Borg or “Doctor Who’s” Cybermen. Those still living that haven’t been converted have banded together to fight with an underground resistance. Among them? The Flash and Captain Cold! How’s that for an odd couple? You know it’s a bleak apocalyptic future when heroes and villains are working together, and it only gets worse. Wonder Woman and Hawk (of Hawk and Dove) show up at the door…only they’ve been assimilated by Brother Eye and are now creating havoc like some kind of insect/Terminator hybrids! The resistance tries to fight, but in no time at all it’s just the Flash left standing. That is, until Frankenstein shows up…working for Brother Eye…though curiously not “infected” with cyber parts like the others. Hmm? Instead Frankie has Black Canary’s head attached to his chest and uses her Canary Cry to take out Barry. It’s pretty clear over the next few pages just how bad the future is. Gotham, Themyscira, Atlantis, and London are all under Brother Eye’s control. In Metropolis John Stewart and Jaime Reyes lead a diversionary attack on a Brother Eye stronghold. Blue Beetle gets taken out by an assimilated Booster Gold. And just when it looks like this couldn’t get worse…it gets “super” bad! Yup, Superman is one of Brother Eye’s creepy cyber-bugs and in no time so is Green Lantern!

The New 52: Futures End #0

Grifter and Amethyst were trying to “disconnect Firestorm”, who apparently has been captured and is being used as a power source, but get taken out by the newly assimilated Green Lantern. Back at the Batcave, Batman and Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond) decide the only way to fix this now is through traveling back in time to stop Bruce and Mr. Terrific from creating Brother Eye in the first place…so, this is all kind of Batman’s fault!

The New 52: Futures End #0

Before they can activate the time portal they’re attacked by cyber-bugged versions of the International League of Batmen! Bruce loses an arm, and suffers a critical blow to the chest, fighting Knight which leaves the fate of the world in the hands of Terry…but after making the jump Terry realizes he missed his target. He’s five years into our future, and he’s too late!

The New 52: Futures End #01

So five years into the future Terry McGinnis is late to the party. Luckily he’s not alone. He’s got a friend in the form of A.L.F.R.E.D. a snarky talking computer apparently built into the suit by Bruce. He also brought along a Medusa-like “bug” which he dispatches quickly…not realizing someone nearby is watching, and presumably recording, via Google Glass. I bet that comes into play down the road! We cut to “the farthest reaches of space” and the mobile headquarters of Stormwatch, the Carrier. I’m going to be honest…I’ve never read Stormwatch. With that in mind I was a little surprised to see Nina (the female Creature from the Black Lagoon from “Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E.”) now called “Mermaid” and Hawkman show up as part of that team. Angie, the robotic Engineer, and the ship are soon infected by Brother Eye. When they can’t access the computer to see what’s happening outside, Apollo flies out into space to check for himself…and is promptly killed! Seeing as these first 2 issues feel like a mash-up of horror and sci-fi clichés you would have thought he’d seen that coming! The unseen threat then targets Stormwatch’s Carrier, before setting its sights on Earth!

The New 52: Futures End #1

Back home, Grifter guns down a family…but its ok. Just before he shoots the little girl it’s implied that they were possessed by…something. The less said the better. Jason Rusch is desperately trying to get in touch with Ronnie Raymond. Firestorm needs to respond to a Justice League distress call…but Ronnie is busy, or getting busy, and is none too pleased when Jason interrupts! It’s interesting…Jason approaches the hero biz with a sense of obligation while Ronnie makes it clear he just wants to have some fun. There’s some serious tension between these two, more than anything we’ve seen before, and they bicker the whole way to Seattle. It seems to me that something happened in the last 5 years…something that makes Ronnie more reluctant to play hero. Eager to respond to the League’s request Jason grabs Ronnie, turning them into our favorite flamehead (donning a new suit that puts me a little in mind of “Tron”).

The New 52: Futures End #1

When they finally arrive though (about 20-25min late per one of the bystanders they encounter) they find Oliver Queen’s lab devastated! Ronnie compares it to a war zone…and wars have casualties…this one’s is Green Arrow!

The New 52: Futures End #02

Firestorm flies from New York to Seattle, while Ronnie and Jason continue to bicker. Jason firmly believes that it was Ronnie’s selfish actions that are responsible for Green Arrow’s demise. Ronnie argues instead, “Oliver died because half the waterfront blew up. NOT because of ME.” Jason still thinks it was due to them arriving too late and thinks when they connect with the League at Ollie’s funeral they should own up to it. Mr. Terrific and his entourage enjoy a limo ride to the somber affair, while checking online trends which all seem to focus on Green Arrow’s death and the absence of Batman. A traffic jam gives Mr. Terrific an opportunity to create his own online buzz as he decides to walk the rest of the way…right into the cameras and microphones of the media. They question his motives, point out he didn’t seem close to the fallen hero, but he continues walking…right into the path of Aquaman! There’s some bad blood between them, and neither seems to appreciate how the other operates. We get a quick flash to New York, where Batman Beyond realizes he needs to get into TerrificTech headquarters to stop Brother Eye, already orbiting the Earth, from coming online. Back at the funeral Animal Man gives a heartfelt speech about his teammate, highlighting the fact that he was just a man, no magic weapons or super powers, who fought for the people. A very solid piece of writing!

The New 52: Futures End #2

A quick flash to King Farraday working with the Charlotte, NC police and having a mysterious conversation (via an earpiece) with someone about a “person of interest”. Before anyone gets too comfortable in any one setting, things return to the funeral and get very uncomfortable! Well, technically we start by watching the funeral of Green Arrow on TV in a bar called “The Wounded Duck”. As we see Animal Man, Firestorm, Arsenal, Flash, Adam Strange and Mr. Diggle carry the coffin to the hearse the bartender lets us know “They’ve got their secrets and skeletons just like everyone else. MORE in fact.” He’s onto something, because at that moment Arsenal calls out Firestorm for not being there when Ollie needed him. Jason tries keeping Ronnie calm, but Ronnie just digs himself deeper claiming he was late because of another emergency.

The New 52: Futures End #2

Even as Jason begs him not to lie, the Flash reveals they already know that Firestorm wasn’t dealing with anything! They’ve used their JLA member tracking data to uncover that not only were there not any emergencies, based on Firestorm’s own energy signature they know Raymond and Rusch didn’t even merge until long after the call for back-up went out! Fists start to fly as other heroes and the media look on, all the while Jason begs Ronnie to change back and let him out so he can apologize. Ronnie is too busy hitting and being hit by Arsenal to pay any attention though…until the mysterious masked Superman breaks things up. Finally, as Lois Lane puts the finishing touches on her story back at her apartment a mysterious package is delivered. One with an arrow tip, a green pyramid, a “Wounded Duck” matchbook, and a note telling Lois to come alone…

The New 52: Futures End #03

Somewhere in the snow covered wilderness of Canada a wondering Eskimo is attacked by a polar bear! A large figure swings a mighty sword and quickly puts an end to the bear. Instead of thanks though, the young Eskimo screams and runs after discovering his savior is Frankenstein! Suddenly a small robot crab bursts from the bear, and the monster makes quick work of it too. In its metallic remains he finds a clue though…S.H.A.D.E. His former employers are behind this! Flying high above New York Jason continues to plead with Ronnie to let him out. It’s been days now! Ronnie refuses saying the only reason Jason wants out is so he can stab Ronnie in the back by telling the JLA and the world that he’s responsible for Green Arrow’s death. The conversation is cut short though when Ronnie spots trouble…two girls on a rooftop trying to get some sun on a cloudy day. Luckily Firestorm is around and can provide a little light for the occasion…and earn the favor of the “damsels in distress”.

The New 52: Futures End #3

Grifter checks in with his assistant Justin, who’s been holding an unknown creature hostage and trying to get information. While reviewing the files they’ve put together Grifter sees a man we met last issues…King Faraday. They know he’s been following Grifter, just not why. At TerrifiTech headquarters Mr. Terrific works out while reviewing security footage. He watches the attempted break in of Batman Beyond. His assistant believes this guy “looks like he’s one of Batman’s”, but Holt isn’t so sure.

The New 52: Futures End #3

He’s more concerned that the intruder didn’t get anywhere near the uSphere project. Over at “The Wounded Duck” a guy walks in bragging about the money he won from a celebrity death pool. He got a lot from Green Arrow’s death, but even more a couple years ago when Wonder Girl was killed. The bartender promptly decks him and his friend and throws them out. It’s then that bar patron Lois Lane uses her skills as a reporter to connect some dots…the bartender is the believed to be dead Red Robin!

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

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Slipknot Custom Action Figure

Holy square knot, Match-heads! Check out this spectacular custom-made Slipknot action figure by Eli (dozymuppet)! It won 1st place in a custom action figure contest over on the Action Figure Blues forum!

Slipknot Action Figure by dozymuppet from Action Figure Blues

Slipknot Action Figure by dozymuppet from Action Figure Blues

Slipknot Action Figure by dozymuppet from Action Figure Blues

That is so impressive! Hard to believe it was custom-made and not produced by a toy company. Man, I wish this was mass-produced! Then we could all have the Lasso of Larceny on our shelves staring at us ominously. C’mon DC Direct, we need this figure!! One of the special features could be a removable arm! … What, too soon?

Well done, Eli! Be sure to follow Eli on the Action Figure Blues Podcast and on Twitter! My thanks to David Sopko, Kyle BenningKen Deemer, Andy Kapellusch and Derek Crabbe for the heads-up on this figure.

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Classic Fury of Firestorm #11, Aquaman #31, and Aquaman & the Others #3 – FIRE & WATER #91

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 91st 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 get into the weeds while the King of the Seven Seas battles the Avatar of the Green! Swamp Thing guest stars in Aquaman #31 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, and Rain Beredo. Next, the coming of the newest Aqua-foe, Legend, in Aquaman and the Others #3 by Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina, and Allen Martinez. Finally, the Nuclear Man is in double-trouble with two Hyenas in The Fury of Firestorm #11 (Apr. 1983) by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, Rodin Rodriguez, Gene D’Angelo, and Adam Kubert!

You can find the 91st 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 (29 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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The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #11 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 #11 cover by Pat Broderick & Dick Giordano

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Firestorm Endorsing Mexican Ice Cream?

In one of the stranger merchandising moves, Firestorm is helping to sell Mexican ice cream! Below you’ll find a photo of Aurrera brand chocolate flavored ice cream, emblazoned with the Justice League logo and images of the Cheetah and Firestorm. I’m guessing the white hand around the corner is either Solomon Grundy or Bizarro. Firestorm art by Ed Benes.

Aurrera is the house brand for “Bodega Aurrerá”, a chain of Mexican discount stores owned by Walmart. Essentially this ice cream is the Mexican equivalent of Walmart’s “Great Value” brand. This is the only evidence I’ve found online of the promotional partnership between Aurrera and DC Comics. My thanks to megacityfour over on Instagram for this info!

Aurrera Helado Sabor Chocolate - Chocolate Ice Cream with Justice League Firestorm and Cheetah

So, the guy with flaming hair is pimping ice cream? And the Justice League is represented by Firestorm and the Cheetah? What, did Superman and Batman have the day off? Wouldn’t the character of Vibe have made a little more sense? Oh well, we Match-heads will happily take the exposure for the Nuclear Man! 

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Pied Piper in Fury of Firestorm #5 by Nekemeko

We’re getting spoiled with all this adorable Firestorm artwork by Nekemeko! This time he’s paying homage to Pied Piper vs our favorite Nuclear Man in the Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #5! Click the image below to enlarge.

Pied Piper & Firestorm by Nekemeko inspired by Fury of Firestorm #5

For previous Nekemeko Firestorm artwork, check out his Forever Evil and Crisis on Infinite Earths homages! If you want more, he’s also got some Deathstorm artwork on his Tumblr!

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

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 XX!

The twentieth 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 XX, discussing characters such as Sandman, Sargon The Sorcerer, Saturn Girl, Scarecrow, Sgt. Rock, Secret Society of Super-Villains, Shade The Changing Man, Shazam, and many 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 twentieth 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 (76 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 Paris Cullins & Dick Giordano cover for Volume XX! Click the image to enlarge.

Who's Who The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #20

Here is your Firestorm-related Who’s Who entry from this issue…

Only one this time, and it’s a doozy! The Secret Society of Super-Villains! Our favorite Nuclear Man tussled with one incarnation of these “super enemies” in Justice League of America #195-197 (Oct-Dec. 1981). To balance the Hero/Villain ratio, this particular incarnation included Killer Frost. Check out these issues if you have a chance. Click to enlarge the awesome illustration below by Alex Saviuk & Mike DeCarlo.

Secret Society of Super-Villains from Who's Who drawn by Alex Saviuk & Mike DeCarlo

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Firestorm #53 Cover Reveals Villain Name Change & Color Guide

Several color guides to Firestorm The Nuclear Man covers have recently surfaced on eBay. One particular color guide worth noting is the cover to Firestorm The Nuclear Man #53 (Nov. 1986). Not only does it show how coloring was done in the 1980s, it also reveals there was a name change for the villain of this issue! Apparently the villain “Silver Shade” was originally planned to be called “Silver Shadow.” I’m guessing the name change occurred due to the character “Silver Shadow” who appeared in Dave Cockrum’s The Futurians in 1984 (from Marvel, then Lodestone Comics). Not a tremendous difference in the overall scheme of things, but this was Firestorm co-creator Gerry Conway’s last issue on the book. So really, this is the final villain Gerry created for the Nuclear Man to fight. That makes it worth noticing.

This particular color guide is available on eBay and the current asking price is only $10,000. Be sure to jump on this folks! :)

This cover was penciled by Joe Brozowski, inked by Dick Giordano, and colored by Nansi Hoolahan. According to the eBay listing, color guides were instrumental in the production of comics before computers. The sheets were printed with the line art and then given to colorist to complete with watercolors or inks. The cover does not have the codes in the margin, instead they are on transparent paper that is laid over the cover. Colorists not only brought each page to life with their artistry, but they were also responsible for making sure that they properly coded each part of the page. The codes (YRB) indicate the different percentages of Yellow, Red and Blue that would be needed to produce the desired colors when printed. This particular piece was part of the Nansi Hoolahan Collection that the seller acquired. Nansi was not only a colorist and letterer for DC Comics in the early 80′s but she also was the layout mechanic. What that means is she was one of the last people to work on the production of a book, and consequentially is the reason why she had these items in her collection. Interesting stuff!

First, we have the approximate color guide to the cover… 

Fury of Firestorm #53 cover by Joe Brozowski, Dick Giordano, and Nansi Hoolahan

Next, we have the the semi-transparent overlay identifying specific YRB color codes and surprints (or color holds). Note the sticky note about the name change.

Fury of Firestorm #53 cover by Joe Brozowski, Dick Giordano, and Nansi Hoolahan

Finally, here is the cover as printed. Neat to see the whole coloring process!

Fury of Firestorm #53 cover by Joe Brozowski, Dick Giordano, and Nansi Hoolahan

My thanks to our good friend Jon from FIZZIT, the Firestorm-themed blog for sending this information my way!

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Summer Time! Vacation Comics & Crossovers of the 80s/90s – Episode 90

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 90th 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.

Summer is almost here! This episode Rob and Shag wax nostalgic about some of their favorite comics read as children while on summer vacation. As Rob likes to call them, “Mountain Comics.” Then the guys tackle some of the best (and worst) DC company crossover events of the 1980s and 1990s! Get out your zinc oxide sunscreen, geeks. Summer is coming!

You can find the 90th 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 (50 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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Here are advertisements for a few of the major 1980s and 1990s crossovers we discuss on the show. We all remember the covers, but the ads are sometimes forgotten. The first one is from Crisis on Infinite Earths before they settled on the final title!

Crisis on Infinite Earths advertisement - Universe

Legends advertisement by John Byrne

Millennium advertisement DC Comics

For even more advertisements, visit the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST Tumblr!

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Firestorm Action Figure Index

Here is your resource for Firestorm action (and inaction) figures! Several Match-heads have requested a guide to the Nuclear Man in molded plastic, so I’m happy to oblige. Below you’ll find every Firestorm action figure produced to date. You can use the group photo at the top to provide a sense of scale for subsequent pictures. Also, I’ve provided links to more information when available. There will be a follow-up post soon featuring Firestorm’s supporting cast and foes.

Here is a snapshot of my own personal collection! Click to enlarge.

DC Comics Firestorm action figures - May 2014

The very first Firestorm action figure is still the most beloved by many fans…
Super Powers Collection Firestorm (1985)

Super Powers Collection Firestorm action figure

Next, the miniature DC Direct Pocket Super Heroes Firestorm action figure (Sept. 2002)
Instead of fire-hair, I’m pretty sure that’s just Aquaman’s hair repainted.

DC Direct Pocket Super Heroes Firestorm

Then, the first “inaction” figure, part of DC HeroClix Cosmic Justice – Firestorm (Mar. 2003)
Cool pose, but the paint jobs can REALLY vary.

DC Heroclix Cosmic Justice Firestorm

Next, my personal favorite Nuclear Man action figure, DC Direct JLA Series 2 (Dec. 2004)
Ironically, when this figure was released, Firestorm was already sporting a new look with
Jason Rusch as the new Firestorm, and thus this figure’s design was out-dated at release.

DC Direct JLA Series 2 Firestorm action figure

Then, Jason’s first action figure, DC Direct’s Infinite Crisis
Firestorm with flaming stand (May 2007)

Infinite Crisis Firestorm action figure

Next, Jason’s entry in DC HeroClix Justice League – Firestorm (Sept. 2007)

DC HeroClix Justice League Firestorm

Then, a pair of figures in Mattel’s DC Universe Classics line,
Firestorm (Jason) and variant (Ronnie) (Nov. 2008)

Mattel DC Universe Classics - Firestorm (Jason)

Mattel DC Universe Classics - Firestorm (Variant Ronnie)

Next, Jason got animated with Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Rocket Blast with Firestorm action figure
 (Nov. 2009)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Firestorm

Then, Ronnie got small with DC Universe Infinite Heroes Firestorm action figure  (Jan. 2010)

DC Universe Infinite Heroes Firestorm action figure

Next, Ronnie got funky & chunky in this Blammoid Firestorm (Jan. 2010)

Firestorm Blammoid

Then, Eaglemoss produced this lead mini-figurine as part of the
DC Comics Superhero Collection Figurine Magazine #46 featuring Firestorm (Mar. 2010)

Eaglemoss DC Comics Superhero Collection Figurine Magazine #46 featuring Firestorm

Next, the first piece featuring Ronnie & Jason together was
DC Brightest Day HeroClix Action Pack with Firestorm (Oct. 2010)

Brightest Day Firestorm HeroClix

Then, these adorable DC Universe Action League figures – Deathstorm vs Firestorm (Dec. 2010)

DC Universe Action League - Deathstorm vs Firestorm

Next, Ronnie got animated in the Mattel Convention Exclusive
Justice League Unlimited 3-Pack: Angle Man, Firestorm & Killer Frost
 (Apr. 2011)
Yes, that’s right.. with Angle Man?!? Click to enlarge.

Mattel Convention Exclusive Justice League Unlimited 3-Pack: Angle Man, Killer Frost & Firestorm

Then, the most unexpected Firestorm toy (and most unrecognizable) came in
McDonalds Happy Meal – Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Apr. 2011)

McDonalds Happy Meal Batman The Brave and the Bold Firestorm

Next, one of my favorite Nuclear Man action figures, DC Direct’s Brightest Day Firestorm
(July 2011). Ironically (for a second time), when this figure was released, the New 52
costume redesign for Firestorm had already been promoted. That’s twice a new figure
was released just after a new look was revealed, thus making the figure’s design out-dated.

Then, the first New 52 Firestorm merchandise produced included DC Heroclix:
The New 52 Justice League
 with Ronnie, Jason & Fury (Aug. 2012).  Ironically (third time’s
the charm), when these HeroClix were released, the New 52 ”Ronnie & Jason merged”
costume redesign for Firestorm had already been promoted. That’s three times a new figure
was released just after a new look was revealed, thus making the figure’s design out-dated.

DC Heroclix: Justice League -- Ronnie Raymond as Firestorm from The New 52

DC Heroclix: Justice League -- Jason Rusch as Firestorm from The New 52

DC Heroclix: Justice League -- Fury from The New 52

Next, Eaglemoss produced another Firestorm mini-figurine as part of DC Superhero Chess
Figure Collector Magazine, issue #53 Firestorm White Pawn
 (Mar. 2014). Ironically
(a fourth time, seriously), when this figurine was released, The New 52: Futures End
costume redesign for Firestorm had already been promoted.  This makes four times
a new figure was released just after a new look was revealed, thus making the
figure’s design out-dated.

DC Superhero Chess Figure Collector Magazine #53 – Firestorm White Pawn

Finally, later this year the Mattel’s Matty Collector Club will release a Firestorm
figure as part of their Total Heroes line
! It looks so cool and comes
with a floating Professor Stein head accessory!! Click to enlarge.

Mattel Total Heroes Firestorm

And just for fun, here is a Firestorm Cubee! A Fan-created do-it-yourself
figure made entirely from folded paper!

Firestorm Cubee

Thanks for checking out this Firestorm action figure index! I’ll update it from time to time as more Firestorm toys become available. Reminder, there will be a follow-up post soon featuring Firestorm’s supporting cast and foes. So check back!

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Futures End, Aquaman backups & Listener Feedback – FIRE & WATER #89

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 89th 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 Shag and Rob discuss DC Comics’ new year-long weekly series, The New 52: Futures End featuring Firestorm. Next we present our second installment in a new reoccurring feature covering backup stories of our favorite heroes! This time we’re covering the Aquaman backup stories from Action Comics #517 & #518 in 1981, by J.M. DeMatteis & Don Heck. Finally, we wrap-up with a healthy dose of YOUR feedback!

You can find the 89th 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 (58 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. Song played during the break, “Making Steam,” by Luke Daab. 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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Here is a page from The New 52: Futures End #1 featuring Ronnie and Jason just after they merged as Firestorm.

Firestorm from The New 52: Futures End #1

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