Sunday, January 20, 2013

Make Way for Firestorm!

"Make Way for Firestorm!" from Firestorm vol.1 #1 (DC, 1978) by Cary Bates, Al Milgrom, Klaus Janson and J. Rubinstein
You want to save a hero from obscurity, stick him into the Justice League. That's just what Cary Bates did when his creation was cancelled after only 5 issues in the DC Implosion, and Firestorm soon returned in Fury of Firestorm, the book that, under one title or another, lasted 100 issues. And those original 5 issues really lay out the basics not only of the character himself (himselves?), but of his rogues' gallery. In that short span, we meet Multiplex and Killer Frost and Hyena, all of which would return for more engagements. Cliff Carmichael and Doreen Day too, who went on to become the Thinker and Firehawk respectively.

Cancelled before its time, Bates engineered quite a comeback for his flame-headed young hero. I bet Ronnie gets the evil eye from Shade the Changing Man, (Commander) Steel and Claw the Unconquered.


  1. Uh...should he be able to bend like that?

  2. I think I used to be able to manage that. Before I had back problems. Coincidence?