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Firestorm’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Last month during the height of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge popularity, good friend to the site Luke Daab posed the question, “… has any thought been given to what would happen if Firestorm accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?”  I pondered the question and came up with two contradictory answers. Then we received what I consider to be a definitive answer. Read on…

Shag’s Answer #1: From Firestorm the Nuclear Man #3 (May 1978), by Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom, and Bob Mcleod. Firestorm is kissed by Killer Frost. Her ability to absorb heat from living beings resulted in Firestorm’s flaming hair being extinguished. Once the fire goes out, you can see Ronnie’s hair underneath! I believe this is the only time we see normal hair on Firestorm. A fun gem from the formative days of our favorite Nuclear Man! Possible answer to Luke’s question: Sufficient cold may extinguish Firestorm’s flaming hair.

Firestorm the Nuclear Man #3 by Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom, and Bob Mcleod.

Shag’s Answer #2: From The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #16 (March 2013) by Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, and Ray McCarthy. In this example, Firestorm’s flaming hair continues to burn even though he’s submerged in cold water. Possible answer to Luke’s question: Cold water would not extinguish Firestorm’s flaming hair.

Fury of Firestorm #16 by Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, and Ray McCarthy

Definitive Answer: While the question was being debated among the fans, Firestorm writer and artist Dan Jurgens himself chimed in! Dan’s answer was, “Given the science of how his power works, I don’t see anyway the ‘fire’ gets snuffed out. It’s generated from with in and isn’t really fire anyway.” Given Dan’s tenure with DC Comics and writing the Firestorm title, I consider that pretty definitive! Thanks, Dan!

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Custom Mego Firestorm in Development – Part 1!

So excited about this! Markneto (a.k.a. Mark Sautter) is working on a custom Mego Firestorm for me! If you’re not familiar with Markneto’s astonishing custom work, visit his blog or “Like” his Facebook page. For another example, check out his amazing custom Mego Doctor Fate (given to me by my generous friend and FIRE & WATER PODCAST co-host Rob Kelly).

From time to time, Markneto will provide us with updates on the process of creating this custom Mego Firestorm. He’s already jumped in and created the custom card art (see below). The front is based upon the original house ad promoting Firestorm’s debut (technically, the house ad was his first appearance in a comic)! Mark clearly knows his audience as the back image includes Doctor Fate, Blue Devil, and Slipknot!

Markneto's custom Mego Firestorm action figure card

Can’t wait for further updates from Markneto! Please help spread the word about Markneto’s gorgeous custom work!

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

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 XXII!

The twenty-second 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 XXII, discussing characters such as the Golden Age Superman, the Silver Age Superman, the Modern Age Superman, Supergirl, Suicide Squad, Swamp Thing, Starman, Star Sapphire, 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 twenty-second 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 (169 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 John Byrne cover for Volume XXII! Click the image to enlarge.

Who's Who The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #22

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

First up is Starro by Ian Akin. Firestorm first encountered this penta-digited foe back in Justice League of America #189 (April 1981). Note you can see Firestorm in the surprint below with a starfish stuck to his face. Click to enlarge.

Who's Who Starro by Ian Akin

Next up is Steel by Chuck Patton and Larry Mahlstedt. While Firestorm and Steel never served in the Justice League at the same time, they did fight side-by-side during Legends (1986). Click to enlarge.

Who's Who Steel by Chuck Patton and Larry Mahlstedt

Then we’ve got the Suicide Squad by Luke McDonnell & Rick Magyar. Firestorm faced the Suicide Squad soon after their ongoing series premiered in Fury of Firestorm #64 (October 1987). Additionally, this was the final issue of Firestorm’s monthly comic to feature the original team of Ronnie Raymond and Professor Martin Stein as the Nuclear Man. I guess you could say the Suicide Squad (and Pozhar) were the original Firestorm’s final foes. Click to enlarge.

Who's Who Suicide Squad by Luke McDonnell & Rick Magyar

Finally, we’ve got Swamp Thing by Steve Bissette and John Totleben! The original Firestorm didn’t encounter Swamp Thing very much. However, while Firestorm was in his Elemental form (1989-1990), the two characters interacted more often thanks to their shared origins.

Who's Who Swamp Things Steve Bissette and John Totleben

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Happy Birthday, Gerry Conway!

We want to wish a Happy Birthday to Firestorm co-creator and writer (and super-creative and all-around nice guy) Gerry Conway!!

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Hope it’s a great one, Gerry!

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Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay Crossover

Awesome Cosplay and a Blog Crossover?!?! Two great tastes that taste great together! A number of different blogs have combined forces today to feature some of the amazing cosplayers at Dragon Con 2014! Each blog in this crossover will focus on their own favorite heroes and corresponding cosplayers. If you’re not familiar with Dragon Con, it’s the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe! It’s held each year over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. It is also known as the premier convention for cosplayers and “Geek Mardi Gras”! I’ve attended 10 of the past 12 years, and absolutely love the insanity and fun!

Dragon Con 2014

Today here at FIRESTORM FAN we’re going to feature… well… sadly I didn’t see any Firestorm nor Killer Frost cosplayers this year. (sad face) However, there were hundreds of other amazing DC Comics related cosplayers this year. Just check out these group shots! Both of these photos were taken by Patrick Sun, and you can find many more on his Flickr page. Click each to enlarge!

Dragon Con 2014 DC Comics Cosplay - Superhero Costuming Forum - photo by Patrick Sun

Dragon Con 2014 DC Comics Cosplay - Superhero Costuming Forum - photo by Patrick Sun

Now just for fun, check out this zoomable photo of the DC Comics Mega Photoshoot by Michael Blitch! These photos were taken during cosplay photoshoots organized by the Superhero Costuming Forum. The planning and coordination of these massive photoshoots is an astonishing task! The Grand Poobah over at the Superhero Costuming Forum is Allen Hansard. Allen’s probably best known to you Match-heads as a frequent Firestorm cosplayer! To the rest of the world, Allen is known as the guy who directs most of these photoshoots! In fact, this year he cosplayed as himself directing a Marvel shoot (he’s represented below by Doctor Strange with the megaphone)! Ha!

Superhero Costuming Forum Dragon Con Director Allen Hansard

I took about 200 pictures this year of various cosplayers and activities which you can find on Flickr. Hopefully next year there will be a plethora of Firestorm cosplayers (especially after his break-out roll on the TV series The Flash)!

Dragon Con Cosplay Crossover Links

As mentioned, several different blogs have teamed-up today to cover some of the amazing cosplayers at Dragon Con 2014! 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!

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 & OriginsDragonCon 2012 Cosplay, Ghosts Annuals from 1998, and Steve Garcia’s Silhouette Art!

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FIRE & WATER PODCAST #100 – All-Star Coverage of JLA #200

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

Our third anniversary and 100 episodes!! FIRESTORM FAN and THE AQUAMAN SHRINE proudly present the 100th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST!

To celebrate, Shag and Rob cover an all-time favorite comic, Justice League of America #200 by Gerry Conway, Brett Breeding, and an all-star line-up of guest artists. Joining the celebration are former F&W guest-stars Diabolu Frank, J. David Weter, Doug Zawisza, Chris and Cindy Franklin, Siskoid, Chad Bokelman, Ryan Daly, Michael Bailey, Luke Jaconetti, with a special appearance by Gerry Conway himself!

You can find the 100th 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 (133 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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Check out the gorgeous cover and team shot below!

Justice League of America #200 cover by George Perez

Justice League of America #200 team by George Perez

Finally, check out this hilarious piece by Nuclear Sub Xum Yukinori celebrating our 100th episode! Thanks, Xum!

Fire and Water Podcast #100 by Xum Yukinori

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Back to the Futures End – Issues #12-15

Hey Match-heads, Shag here! Today our good friend Tim Wallace continues his monthly 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! You can also stalk Tim on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. And now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

A long time ago, well…about 4 months or so, in a Multiverse not so far away, we began a story set 35, then 5 years into our future. It is a period of darkness and uncertainty…a period of sci-fi clichés, and good old fashioned Saturday movie house cliffhanger fun…it is…the Futures End!

The New 52: Futures End #12

Five years from now on “an uncharted planet in the farthest reaches of space”, Hawkman, Frankenstein and Amethyst have just crash landed…and they’re not alone! Robots bearing the 3 circled marking of Brainiac surround the troubled trio. Frank offers a diplomatic “We come in peace”, but the robots respond with gunfire and a battle ensues! Everyone is surprised when Frankenstein is cut by robotic claws and bleeds, but not as surprised as they are when they find out who is leading the robot army…one of Stormwatch’s own, the Engineer!

The New 52: Futures End #12

Back on Earth, Faraday meets with a woman named Courtney, who prefers to go by Mercy (Luthor’s bodyguard?), and warns her that there’s trouble brewing for her, Voodoo and some others. Mercy claims to know nothing, but as soon as Faraday leaves she calls Voodoo to arrange a meeting. Meanwhile in Metropolis, Ethan Boyer and Rampage get set up in a make-shift lab in a suburban home. Ethan seems a little distracted by some text messages, but soon has Rampage hooked up to and ready to go…only he’s not returning her to normal like he said, he’s trying to amp her up! He figures with her on a super powered, uh, rampage, Superman will be too busy with her to worry about him. Then we jump 35 years into the future again. Something that looks like one of Mr. Terrific’s uSpheres is forcefully tube feeding the Joker. The process is interrupted though when Frankenstein (with Black Canary’s head attached to his chest) enters with robo-bug versions of Congorilla (well, a golden gorilla anyway) and Lobo (pre-New52 version! Bonus!) to escort the Clown Prince of Crime to “surgery”. They then take the Joker to a small medical lab, where the missing armed body of Bruce Wayne lies waiting on a table.

The New 52: Futures End #12

The New 52: Futures End #13

Madison and Cal get robbed at gunpoint in Cal’s bar, the Wounded Duck. The thug even takes Madison’s necklace. The same one Cal gave her a few issues back as a gift. Madison expected Cal to take on the thug, based on Lois Lane’s speculation but Cal assures her, that isn’t him, and he’ll get her a new necklace to replace the stolen one. Mister Terrific has second thoughts about Batman Beyond’s motivation, but Brother Eye assures him if he sees Bats as a threat then his “morality takes a back seat to the planet’s safety…it is the burden of greatness”. Sounds like some sneaky manipulation to me! On Cadmus Island, Fifty Sue and Grifter decided to do some investigating into the stealth OMAC that attacked. They’re still not friends though, since she shoves him down a dark air duct. They eventually make their way down to the lower levels where they can spot scientists and OMACs.

The New 52: Futures End #13

Grifter’s abilities let him know these scientists are Earth 2 “normals”. The mystery deepens. In New York, Cal has managed to track down the robber and beats him down to recover the necklace. While in the Key’s workshop, Key, Coil and Plastique meet with Terry McGinnis. It doesn’t go well for Terry though. With Terrific putting Batman Beyond’s presence all over the news they figure he’s too hot to work with and Plastique drops him with an explosive paper airplane. And in Canada, Barda and Emiko try to help a little girl find her father…too bad the little girl is Fifty Sue and her “dad” is Deathstroke.

The New 52: Futures End #13

The New 52: Futures End #14

Picking right up where we left off Fifty Sue and Deathstroke are threatening Barda and Emiko. Deathstroke clarifies his threat by asking Barda to “come peacefully and surrender to the Global Peace Agency as an unregistered super-powered alternate Earth fugitive…or be terminated.” Quite a mouthful! For her part Fifty Sue lets us in on yet another power of her own…she has “created a double and split my consciousness”, which explains why she’s in Canada and also back on Cadmus Island with Grifter. The obligatory fight ensues when Barda tosses Deathstroke into an alley. Fifty Sue blasts the Apokolips power house with an energy burst, while Emiko pulls out a bow and arrow. “Nice shot, Hunger Games.” quips the pint sized pugilist. Emiko, now confirmed as Green Arrow’s sister (as I suspected last month!) puts an arrow in Deathstroke’s neck! Then she has Barda toss the kid in the air, and hits Fifty Sue with an incendiary arrow, giving our heroines a chance to escape. At Key’s workshop, A.L.F.R.E.D. and the Batsuit are coming back online while Terry is slowly regaining consciousness. Key and Coil have an argument about if they should, and who will get to, kill Batman Beyond. When Terry comes to, a three way brawl starts until Plastique breaks it up by threatening to kill them all if they don’t agree to work together.

The New 52: Futures End #14

After falling through another duct, “like a girl”, Grifter finds himself surrounded by OMACs…until Fifty Sue blasts them with her energy beams.

The New 52: Futures End #14

She then takes out one of the scientists for not answering her questions fast enough. Leaving only one, a female named Lana (Lang?) to answer their questions about the stealth OMACs. And as if this didn’t already have a lot going on…back in Metropolis, Lois is examining the contents of her mystery box again…and somehow activates the small green pyramid. It shows her visions of the heroes of Earth 2, and of Red Tornado!

The New 52: Futures End #14

The New 52: Futures End #15

Masked Superman has finally caught up with Rampage, and his singular focus on the battle is once again causing destruction and putting innocents in danger. (I know last time I made a “Man of Steel” reference…but I really am thinking this is someone new to the role of Superman, not experienced) Though when a school bus is knocked over the side of a bridge, he does stop fighting and rushes to save the children allowing Rampage to get away.

The New 52: Futures End #15

He chats with Lois briefly. She tells him about her mystery box, and her visions, and that people aren’t so sure about him anymore. He says he’s got to find Rampage. (Superdickery?) In a holding cell somewhere in space, Hawkman and Amethyst flirt some more while Frankenstein is “hibernating” in a corner. As they discuss whether or not they’ll end up together, Frankenstein wakes up screaming. He’s just had a dream, something that hasn’t happened in 200 years, about the future. He saw Brother Eye’s robo-bug Superman…and thinks they are responsible!

 The New 52: Futures End #15

Deathstroke is pretty ticked that Grifter and Fifty Sue stumbled into the hidden underground E2 lab. Faraday isn’t super thrilled either, until Grifter mentions stealth OMACs. In the E2 cells Hawkgirl and a woman named Rita wait for Scott “Mister Miracle” Free to return. He’s figured out a way to escape his cell and go do a little recon…and he’s found out that they’ve all been implanted with a device…that is growing inside them!

The New 52: Futures End #15

Finally, in Africa, Constantine meets with one of the lone survivors of a ship that was attacked by that weird Machine Man/Parasite/Brainiac creature…only the man thinks it’s an angel, and knows that it’s looking for “the alien” and for the sake of the planet, mankind has to find “the alien” first!

Whoa! That’s 4 issues straight with no Jason or Ronnie…could they really have been serious when they said no more Firestorm?!

Shag here again! That’s it for this month! Thanks again 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 weekly series in the comments.

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Check out the latest episode of The Flash Podcast

Check out the latest episode of The Flash Podcast, a show dedicated to the upcoming CW television series The Flash. The host was kind enough to invite me on episode #33 to discuss our favorite Nuclear Man!

The Flash Podcast

In this episode, we discuss characters who have been Firestorm – Ronnie Raymond, Martin Stein, Jason Rusch, his comic book history in the Pre/New 52 era, powers, publication history, comic recommendation, his appearances in the media and more. We also speculate on how Ronnie Raymond is going to be portrayed on the new The Flash TV show with Robbie Amell (cousin of Arrow’s Stephen Amell) debuting as Ronnie in episode 3 “Things You Can’t Outrun” as well as how Martin Stein might come into the show eventually. If you want to learn more about Firestorm, then this is the perfect episode for you!

The Flash Podcast with Firestorm

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The Road to 100 with Listener Feedback – FIRE & WATER #99

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 99th 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’re one episode away from our three year anniversary and episode 100! To celebrate the upcoming occasion, episode 99 is dedicated entirely to you… yes, you the listener! Rob and Shag compiled all feedback from the past several episodes and spend a couple hours discussing! The listeners of this show (affectionately called “Nuclear Subs”) compose the single greatest podcast listening community on the planet! Sit back, relax, and enjoy your episode!

You can find the 99th 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 (107 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 road to Episode 100!!!

The Road to Episode #100

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Interruption of Service for Geek Mardi Gras!

Hi Match-heads! Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I’m heading to Geek Mardi Gras! Or as it’s officially known, DragonCon!

Regular service should resume after Labor Day (assuming I survive the experience). In the meantime, you can watch our social media feed for Firestorm news or even some DragonCon chatter!

Here are a couple of great Firestorm related photos from DragonCon’s past!

DragonCon 2013

DragonCon 2012 Box Heroes

 If you’re unfamiliar with DragonCon, perhaps this video with Chloe Dykstra will help explain it.

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