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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

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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

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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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URGENT ACTION! Vote for Firestorm action figure today!

URGENT ACTION NEEDED BY FIRESTORM FANS! Vote for Firestorm action figure! Voting ends today! Then spread the word!

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Firestorm Urgent Action

My thanks to Match-heads Karl Gertsakis and Steve Lundy for the heads-up!

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Marvel’s The Avengers vs Firestorm?!?!

The Avengers knew more than admitted about the New York invasion in the 2012 blockbuster Marvel’s The Avengers! Now Firestorm can prove it!

Super-Team Family proudly presents Firestorm and The Avengers in “’Storm Warning”!

Marvel's The Avengers vs Firestorm - Super-Team Family

No, you didn’t miss another Kurt Busiek classic crossover featuring the Nuclear Man and Marvel’s big screen stars. This fictitious meeting is the work of a gentleman named Ross who runs Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues! That site is dedicated to the greatest team-ups that never happened. He started with Brave and the Bold fake covers starring Batman, transitioned into Marvel Two-in-One fake covers starring the Thing, and is now doing Super-Team Family featuring a wide variety of team-ups. Today’s entry features a Tom Grummett Firestorm from The Power Company paired with (I believe) a Mark Bagley rendition of the Avengers from Avengers Assemble! Like it? Well, below are several previous Firestorm appearances on The Lost Issues blog:

Be sure to check out Ross’ work on Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues! There are some really impressive gems in there!

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Firestorm backups from The Flash #289 & #290/Aquaman and the Others #2 – FIRE & WATER #88

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The 88th 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.

We discuss the classic Firestorm backup stories from THE FLASH #289 & 290 (1980), by Gerry Conway and George Perez. Featuring Perez’s very first work for DC Comics! This is the first installment in a new reoccurring feature covering backup stories of our favorite heroes. Plus, the new golden age of Aquaman continues as we cover the 2nd issue of AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS, by Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina, and Allen Martinez.

You can find the 88th 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 (27 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 it is, George Perez’s very first page for DC Comics! The splash page for the Firestorm back-up story in The Flash #289! Click to enlarge!

THE FLASH #289 & 290 (1980), by Gerry Conway and George Perez

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