Friday, December 18, 2015

Making a Splash: Firestorm in the Groovy Age

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Back in December 1977, DC, Gerry Conway, and Al Milgrom gave us a gift that just keeps on giving! Firestorm! Yeah, his original mag lasted only five issues (thanks, in no small part, to the infamous DC Implosion), but he did join the JLA, had a much longer-lived series in the 80s, and is even appearing nowadays on the boob tube on the Flash (and soon, Legends of Tomorrow). Not bad for DC's answer to Spider-Man (and even Nova), huh? So let's dig the splashes from the five original issues of Firestorm, plus pencils for what would have been issue #6 (from Cancelled Comics Cavalcade), all by Amiable Al and a host of inkers; Firestorm's team-up with Superman from DC Comics Presents #17 (October 1979), penciled by J.L. Garcia Lopez; and Firestorm's triumphant entry into the JLA from Justice League of America #179 (March 1980), penciled by Dick Dillin.

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