Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1143


My First Book of Super-Villains

Help your kids learn about good and bad with the help of the heroes and villains in the DC Universe in My First Book of Super-Villains, out now from Downtown Books!

Like the others in this super-fun series, Super-Villains uses classic stock art (mostly by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, PBHN) to help little kids learn basic concepts--in this case, good and bad. And of course, there's a lot of bad to use as examples:
The only (minor) quibble the Shrine can make about this particular book is that it doesn't feature Aquaman or his villains, except for a brief cameo on the last page, seen above. But the Sea King has been well represented in the other volumes, so it's okay, My First Book of Super-Villains is still a great little primer for the superhero fan in your life. (Maybe Downtown should send some of these books to Washington D.C., it never hurts to brush up on the fundamentals)

Pick up a copy of My First Book of Super-Villains on Amazon today!

Other books in this series:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1142


Wonder Woman #36 - Jan. 2015


Aquaman made a guest appearance in Wonder Woman #36, the first issue by the new creative team of Finch and Finch. At first he is seen with the rest of the Justice League, but then he gets some "alone time" with Diana after she tussles with Swamp Thing and he hops aboard the Invisible Jet. Just like in the days of the Super Friends!

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(h/t: Brent Almond)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1141


Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, Volume XXIV

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XXIV

This time around we chat about WHO'S WHO: Volume XXIV, discussing characters such as Tomhawk, Tommy Tomorrow, The Trickster, Two-Face, Ultra Boy, Ultra The Multi Alien, and more! We wrap up the show with Listener Feedback!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Aquaman, Episode 6: War of the Water Worlds

Aquaman Episode 6: "War of the Water Worlds" by Bob Haney

Mera and Tusky are out for a leisurely stroll around the ocean, when she spots a mysterious yet beautiful flower. Mera stops to smell it, and is suddenly grabbed by seemingly-innocent plant and dragged kicking and screaming into a small pit in the ocean floor!

Tusky makes his way back to the Aqua-Cave and alerts Aquaman and Aqualad. They head into the pit to rescue Mera, and discover a heretofore unknown other world! Our heroes soon learn that it's quite a dangerous place, with creatures of all sorts around, just ready to reach out and attack. A line of plants reach out and grab Aqualad, and it's up to Aquaman to save him!
They head into a cave, and spy Mera laying on a slab with a strange light being beamed down on her. They are confronted by Slag, the laughing, demon-like ruler of this dimension, who says that Mera is his prisoner, and now Aquaman and Aqualad are too!

Aqualad is knocked out and put on the slab next to Mera, where they will be transformed for some nefarious purpose. Aquaman is thrown into a dungeon, where a hydra attacks him. Feeling outclassed, Aquaman calls on some finny friends to help him defeat the hydra and escape. Aquaman grabs Mera and Slag gives chase, but he and Aqualad get away.
Having returned to their world, Aquaman commands a giant, razor-toothed clam to sit atop the dimensional portal, that way Slag "will think twice" about invading their world again. The End!

Nice to see Mera back after several episodes away, even if she is relegated to Rescued Female role--she gets in trouble by sniffing a flower, a very girly thing to do. She never wakes up during the course of the episode, so after her intro she's just a prop. Still, Slag's dimension is a lot of creepy fun, with its nightmarish creatures and hellish color scheme.

I kinda feel bad for that clam, who basically can never leave that spot, lest Slag and his creatures escape and wreak havoc on the world again. That's dedication.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Justice League #36 - Jan. 2015

"The Amazo Virus, Chapter One: Quarantined" by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, and Brad Anderson.

After Aquaman kicking some butt in the last issue of Justice League, I picked up this week's to see what happened next. Unfortunately, as this issue picks up the story, Aquaman is down for the count for the whole thing!

This issue focuses on Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Luthor trying to deal with the Amazo virus, and the Sea King never gets off the mat. Oh well. Disappointed to be sure, but nothing new: no matter what DC universe, Aquaman spends a lot of time in a hospital bed:


Friday, November 21, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1140


2014 NC Comic Con


Event: NC Comicon (
Location: Durham, NC
Dates: November 15-16, 2014
Venue: Durham Convention Center and Carolina Theatre of Durham
Years: This was the fifth annual event
Guests:  More than 30 comic industry and media related guests


Overview: NC Comicon is a fun traditional comic convention focused on comic writers and artists with vendors selling back issues and comic related toys.  Held at the Durham Convention Center, the event had already outgrown that small venue last year and thankfully this year they had expanded into rooms in two adjacent buildings. Even so, attendance had grown significantly again this year and the halls and vendors’ rooms were still packed.  We're happy to see the success of this great little event and hope they find some additional space for next year.

The NC Comicon Creative Director is industry vet Tommy Lee Edwards who now makes North Carolina his home. Because of this, the convention has a decided focus on supporting and developing new comic talent with portfolio reviews and writers’ workshops throughout the weekend.


Comic guests this year included Neal Adams, who had attended previously, as well as Fiona Staples (Saga), Phil Noto (Ghost), Brocton McKinney (Ehmm Theory), Scott Allie of Dark Horse Comics, and many others.  Panels included Comics & Diversity, From Pitch to Product, Comedy in Comics, and an Animation Spotlight featuring designers from The Iron Giant and Kung Fu Panda.

A fun panel focused on the radio series Jade City Pharaoh. This series of short five-minute episodes is produced by local NPR station WUNC and features the first African-American super hero for radio. Premiering in 2012, the series has now completed two seasons and a third is planned. The panel featured creator Howard Craft and the cast performing scripts along with volunteers from the audience.  Check out the radio series at

In addition to the Jade City Pharaoh panel, WUNC also did a news story about the convention with guests Tommy Lee Edwards, Fiona Staples, and Brockton McKinney. You can listen to that story at

This marked the first year the convention featured media related guests with actor John Barrowman of Doctor Who and Arrow along with his sister Carole Barrowman. The two write the successful Hollow Earth books and have worked with Tommy Lee Edwards on a Torchwood comic series. John's panels were packed to capacity and his autograph line stretched outside and around the building during this unseasonably cold weekend.

During one of his panels, John Barrowman was asked what superpower he would like to have and he replied he would choose to be able to breathe underwater because he enjoyed swimming so much. Later during the same panel, he pulled down his pants to prove that he was a true comic book geek by showing that he was wearing Aquaman underwear!


A unique feature of this convention is its association with the historic Carolina Theatre of Durham. Located next to the Convention Center, the theatre was built in 1926 and includes a concert stage and two-screen independent cinema.  The Carolina Theatre features many film festivals throughout the year and during NC Comicon, they hold their annual ComiQuest Film Festival. This year included the 1989 Batman film, Flash Gordon, Swamp Thing, and The Iron Giant. Past years have featured the 1966 Batman film and 1979’s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century as well as the “live action graphic novel” The Intergalactic Nemesis that should be seen by any comic or radio fan (

The find of the weekend for us was the just-released Mera statue from DC that we picked up in the vendors’ room. It is already prominently displayed in our home.


The convention featured great cosplay, but like most smaller cons, the cosplay was generally focused on headliner characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Avengers. Sadly we didn't see any Aquaman cosplay during the weekend...unless you count John Barrowman's underwear.

Hopefully all of the news about The Throne of Atlantis animated movie and the upcoming Justice League and Aquaman live action movies will lead to more Aquaman cosplay at these smaller cons, but in the meantime it looks like Aquaman usually only makes appearances at the larger cons. Hopefully that will change soon! 

In closing, NC Comicon is a fast growing and fun event with many unique elements that is definitely worth your time if you live in the area. We're already looking forward to next year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1139


TBT: Superman/Aquaman Set by Ideal

Just when I think I've seen every Aquaman item there is to see...

Courtesy our newest F.O.A.M. member, big-time comics pro Doug Hazlewood, comes this photo of the uber-rare Superman/Aquaman set made by Ideal in 1966.

I've seen pics of the larger sets featuring Aquaman and other JLAers:

...but never this mini-set of just the two (then) animated TV stars, plus two...let's just say less detailed villain figures.

As you can see, Aquaman was a bit of an afterthought on the packaging: Superman's logo couldn't be any bigger, and poor Aquaman has to settle for his name being in plain text.

These sets are crazy expensive in the package like this, I've seen similar sets on eBay go for thousands of dollars. Whoever owns the actual set the above pic is taken from, I'm betting it's a large chunk of their eventual retirement plan.

Thanks Doug, and welcome to F.O.A.M.!


This post originally appeared on November 10, 2009.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1138


John Barrowman, Aquaman Fan

Actor John Barrowman (Arrow, Tochwood), shows off...just how much of an Aquaman fan he is at the 2014 NC Comic Con, held last weekend.

I kinda want to see a close up of those shorts, and I also kinda don't.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1137


Mego Super-Heroes Ad

Someone get me all of these for Christmas! I already have some (like Aquaman) but I can always use doubles for when I do "evil duplicate" storylines.

(h/t: The Mego Museum)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1136


Aquaman #39 Variant Cover by Amanda Conner

Aquaman is not amused with Harley Quinn's antics on this variant cover to Aquaman #39 by Amanda Conner. Dolphins with frickin' lasers! On sale in February 2015.


The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 107

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 107 - Star Wars

Aquaman and Firestorm continue their vacation, as Shag and I discuss a rarely-covered podcast subject, Star Wars! We talk about their history with the franchise, and our hopes for EPISODE VII. May The Force Be With You!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Aquaman, Episode 5: The Sea Raiders

Aquaman Episode 5: "The Sea Raiders" by Oscar Bensol

Aliens invade Earth (again!), this time with no intentions to conquer--no, their plan is much more nefarious. They lower a suction tube into the ocean, and start hoovering up different sea creatures! As we see, they've been doing this across different worlds, and now it's Earth's turn!

After grabbing a few sharks and some other fish, Aquaman and Aqualad take notice. Tusky gets too close and disappears into the ship, and then the aliens retaliate by letting loose one of their captures, a monster from Venus!
This creature is pretty fearsome, and in short order it has Aqualad in its clutches. Aquaman helps free his young charge, and then orders a small army of fish to pummel the thing, so bad that the aliens decide to give up, tuck tail, and run. However, Tusky is still aboard!
Aquaman uses some seaweed to make a rope, lassoing the ship and preventing it from taking off. As it struggles to stay aloft and not crash into the sea, one of the aliens essentially begs to be let go. Aquaman's response: no deal! He demands the return of Tusky, which is granted. Once their pal is safely back, Aquaman and Aqualad let go, allowing the aliens to run away like the little bitches they are. The End!

This is probably is my favorite episode so far, and I have to think that it had a huge influence on me when I saw it as a kid: Aquaman is a complete badass here. He humiliates the aliens, and tells them to go pound sand when they ask--beg--to be let go. Aquaman will not desert any of his friends, period. Yay Aquaman!

Writer Oscar Bensol had a short career in animation--he has a series of credits on The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure show and its various incarnations, and that's it.

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