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Classic Fury of Firestorm #18 & Aquaman #38 – FIRE & WATER #117

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 117th 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 week Shag and Rob review Aquaman #38 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rain Beredo, part four of the “Maelstrom” saga. Next up, Tokamak attacks in The Fury of Firestorm #18 (October 1983) by Gerry Conway, George Tuska, Rodin Rodriguez, Carl Gafford, and Adam Kubert. Finally, we wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

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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!

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The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Man vol II #18 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano! Interior story and art by Gerry Conway, George Tuska, and Rodin Rodriguez! Click to enlarge!

Fury of Firestorm #18 cover by Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano

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  1. Shag is so giggly in this episode, I imagine him floating around the ceiling like Ed Wynn in Mary Poppins.

    It’s sad to see the current Aquaman team go. That double-page spread is gorgeous.

    You can tell Shag is just chomping at the bit to talk about “cal-lasic” Firestorm on The Flash TV series. For some reason I can see Rob trying to calm him down off mic, like a parent trying to teach their child on the ground while driving to Disney World.

    Nice stinger at the end. That episode really made me want to order a pizza…


  2. Michael Chiaroscuro says:

    Things got in the way in recent months (Mrs. Chiaroscuro and I had twins! That’ll do it!), so I fell behind on Aqua-Parker. I recently picked up the last two issues but haven’t read them yet, so I’ll admit I’ll skipped a bit of Rob’s recap but enjoyed hearing that you once again found it to be a blast. I need to find the previous issues I’m missing (#s 35 and 36) before digging into #37 and 38. I’m so bummed Parker and the art team are leaving, so I want to enjoy these final issues. And I repeat: can we get a Paul Pelletier drawn Mera series please?!?

    I picked up a handful of the Fury of Firestorm run a few years ago in a back issue bin (maybe issues 9-14 maybe?) and loved it. I keep debating whether or not to hunt for the rest of the run online (as I can’t seem to find any more issues at my LCS and shop I found the original issues in isn’t that close to where I live). But I’m really trying to reduce the number of back issues funneling into the house and would LOVE to have a nice, concise, trade paperback collection of the entire Conway-Broderick run. WHEN WILL DC GIVE US THIS?! Firestorm is hot now (har har). Now’s the time. Do it, DC. Please.


  3. Enjoyed listening as always. I have two bits to respond to:

    * About Tokamak’s costume. Honestly, I always felt that this was the one area that never worked for me in regard to the character. The costume was SO big and beefy, and so much like a suit of armor, it made it difficult to believe that Hewitt’s powers actually came from the nuclear experiments (as is consistently stated in the text itself) rather than from the suit. It always felt like, should Hewitt ever have removed the suit, and someone else put it on, THAT person could then have had the powers of Tokamak.

    * Your comments about Ed Brubaker’s letter made me think of a similar experience *I* had many years ago, when I had a letter printed in Marvel’s Transformers comic, issue #61. While I can’t speak for Brubaker’s feelings on having *his* letter edited for publication, I know that my own feelings stemmed from the WAY my letter was changed. I was commenting on the comic’s tendency to kill off characters without toys available in stores, in favor of ones currently available (I later learned that this was a directive from Hasbro, which is now unsurprising). The text, as printed, listed off a number of gimmicks inherent in certain Transformers toys: “Please stop this trend before all we’re left with are Pretenders, Micromasters, Powermasters, and the like!” The editors actually ADDED to my original letter. I specifically only mentioned Pretenders and Micromasters (and didn’t write the words “and the like” at all!), because they were the only types of Transformers AVAILABLE at that time. My concern was less that the characters would all be gimmick-laden (the impression left by the edited version), but that if Hasbro killed off all characters not currently on shelves, there’d have been very few types of characters LEFT! The meaning I had intended was obscured by Marvel’s edits, and I was left feeling misunderstood and frustrated.

    I know that many of you have also had letters published in comic letters sections over the years. Has this been your experience, as well? Not just that your letters get edited (this is, of course, a necessary part of publication), but that your intended meaning was twisted into something else?

    (FYI, if you mention this on the podcast, feel free to mention my blog, but be aware that it’s on a bit of a break at present. I hope to get back to writing before too long.)

  4. Frank says:

    Man, I’m so far behind in listening to episodes of F&W that it’s an effort to “find my place, ” and I seem to have missed this one. Explains why I felt lost at first when the Firestorm Annual was discussed. At least some of the blame falls on Ryan Daly’s Flowers & Fishnets, which has been getting the lion’s share of my commentarifestos. I remember listening to the Louis Jourdan tribute though, so I must have heard at least some of it and forgot to make mention.



    Oh yeah, I think I remember now why I didn’t comment. Thanks for plugging the Idol-Head podcast edition though.

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