Guess What Came Out Yesterday?!?!

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The Eaglemoss Firestorm chess piece shipped to U.S. comic shops yesterday! This is part of the DC Superhero Chess Figure Collector Magazine, specifically issue #53 Firestorm White Pawn. Below is an image of the chess piece from the Eaglemoss website (click the image to enlarge).

This is the first figure/toy/merchandise/whatever to feature Firestorm’s current costume! We’re talking about the New 52 post-Fury of Firestorm #0 costume for Ronnie & Jason combined. Well, it’s the current costume for a few more weeks until The New 52 – Futures End ships and we start seeing Firestorm’s “5 Years Later” costume. I know… I’m being nit-picky. Regardless, the chess piece looks great!

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

This comes packaged with a 16-page magazine featuring DC artwork and chess tips! I’m getting mine from my LCS, Mail Me My Comics.com (locally known as Cosmic Cat Comics). If your comic shop didn’t order this super-cool piece, ask if they can special order it for you.  Below is the original solicitation:

DC Superhero Chess Figure Collector Magazine #53 – Firestorm White Pawn
The DC Chess Collection continues with the Justice League chess set which offers the comic fan and chess enthusiast alike the chance to collect fantastic and unique chess pieces, vivid representations of some of DC’s greatest characters. Each character is superbly rendered, cast from a specially formulated metallised resin and painted by expert model-makers. Each chess piece is accompanied by a fascinating 16-page magazine featuring superb DC Comic artwork plus vital chess tips for players of all levels. Continue your Justice League collection!

I’ll have mine soon and will post some pics!

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Go read FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. #6

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Quit goofing around on the internet. Go read Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #6 in stores today! While Forever Evil isn’t over just yet, this mini-series wraps up today! Previous issues featured Killer Frost, Professor Martin Stein, and the hunt for Firestorm, so fingers crossed for some Nuclear Goodness!

If you can’t get to the comic shop right now (what’s wrong with you?!?!), then head over to Newsarama to check out the five page preview! This issue is written by Sterling Gates with art by Neil Edwards, Jason Paz, and Jay Leisten. Click to enlarge the cover below by Mikel Janin!

Forever Evil: Argus #6 cover by Mikel Janin

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Supergirl #12 featuring Firestorm! Sort of…

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Love this panel by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti from Supergirl #12 (cover dated January 2007)! In this issue, Supergirl decides to blow off steam by going clubbing. She happens to pick a club where people dress as heroes and villains, so she’s effectively incognito among a bunch of cosplayers. Click the image to enlarge.

Supergirl #12 drawn by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti - Firestorm, Poison Ivy, and Aquaman too!

In the background notice fellow clubbers dressed as Firestorm, Poison Ivy, and Aquaman. There is a silhouette that vaguely resembles Captain America. And no, that’s not Howie Mandel’s inflated surgical glove on a stick… that’s Plastic Man! To see the entire panel (including Plastic Man, Mary Marvel, and where exactly Supergirl’s leg wandered), visit We Are Arcade. My favorite is the Nuclear Man holding Poison Ivy’s hair as she pukes! Ha! We’ve all been there at some point in our lives.

This image was sent to me ages ago by a fellow Match-head.  Unfortunately, I’ve lost the information linking this pic to the kind soul who sent it. Sorry for that.

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DC Digests – FIRE & WATER #82

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Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

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

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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

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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

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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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Silhouette Art by Steve Garcia – Massive Blog Crossover

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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&http://firestormfan.com/wordpress/#8217;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&http://firestormfan.com/wordpress/#8230;

Justice League of Bloggers Links

As mentioned, 22 different blogs have teamed-up today to share some of Steve Garcia&http://firestormfan.com/wordpress/#8217;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&http://firestormfan.com/wordpress/#8217;s artwork!

For more of Steve Garcia&http://firestormfan.com/wordpress/#8217;s artwork, keep up with him on FacebookdeviantARTTumblr, Twitter, and Instagram!

If you&http://firestormfan.com/wordpress/#8217;ve enjoyed this blog crossover, then you should check out some previous comic blog crossovers we&http://firestormfan.com/wordpress/#8217;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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Favorite Covers: Rainy Days

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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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