Monday, June 29, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 130

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 130 - Live from Gene Hendricks' Basement

Recorded live and in-person! Shag, I and special guest Gene Hendricks reminisce about "road trip comics"!

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Opening theme, "That Time is Now," by Michael Kohler. Closing music by Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge of The Bad Mamma Jammas!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Weather Update

After an unexpectedly harsh tornado-type storm hit New Jersey, Aquaman Shrine Central found itself without electricity for five days, which was why (among other things) we posted no review of the eagerly-awaited Aquaman #41 today.

It will be a while before I am caught up with all the work that didn't get done this week, so I thought I'd give you all a head's up: other than the usual Fire and Water Podcast post on Monday and the review of Aquaman #41 (probably Wednesday), there won't be any new posts for the week. We'll start fresh again on Monday, July 6th. Thanks for your understanding!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Aquaman Art Gallery: Josh Talbot

I love this piece by newest Josh Talbot! Check out, where you can see more of his delightful work. There's a real Golden Books/Rankin and Bass feel to Josh's stuff, and that's always a good thing in my book.

Great work Josh, welcome to F.O.A.M.!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Aquaman in the Library Ashton Burge (co-composer of the Fire and Water Podcast theme song) is an Information Services Supervisor in his civilian identity, and this year the Summer Reading Program is superhero themed. It was up to Ashton to put together the display, and as you can see he made sure Aquaman was well represented! Outrageous!

Bonus: Ashton mentioned that a kid in the program came up to him and told him that Aquaman was his favorite hero. Mission Accomplished, thanks Ashton!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Justice League of America #1


"Power and Glory Part One" by Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques, Wade Von Grawbadger, and more.

Aquaman makes a big, er, splashy return to the Justice League with the first issue of DC's new Justice League of America title, which debuted last week. The story opens with Superman getting an invitation to the headquarters of a mysterious company called The Infinity Corporation, run by a quirky genius named Vincent who shows the Man of Steel something rather surprising: a room full of dead bodies, all of whom are Superman from other dimensions! What the what?!?

Meanwhile, at the United Nations, Aquaman is making a speech about the relations between Atlantis and the surface world:


At the same time(?), others Leaugers--Green Lantern, The Flash, Batman, and Wonder Woman--have all been lured to the Metropolis Clean Energy Power Plant, where they are sucker-punched by the energy-devouring bad guy The Parasite. Superman gets wind of this and leaves Infinity to help out.

In Atlantis, we see why Aquaman was called away so suddenly:


After The Parasite is defeated (with the additional help of Cyborg), Superman inquires why everyone showed up at the MAW independently of each other. Batman says they were invited, with tips Superman back to Infinity. He, Batman, and Cyborg return to the company's HQ, only to find it...gone.

But before even that mystery can be investigated, a being radiating energy arrives in the sky, claiming to the Great God Rao and saying "I have come to save you." To be continued!

I was of course happy to see Aquaman returning to the Justice League, and being drawn by Brian Hitch doesn't hurt. The chronology of this story confuses heck out of me, so about five pages in I gave up worrying about it and simply enjoyed Aquaman in his classic garb. I do wish the writer part of Mr. Hitch had found something a little more original to do with the Sea King--tense negotiations between Atlantis and the Surface World, again?--but of this was just scene setting before (presumably) he gets involved in the main story (On another note, someone please buy Arthur a razor? Sheesh).

Some of the storytelling baffled me--for instance, Aquaman's final scene in the book feels like it's missing one more page as opposed to actually ending. But that may just be the end result of so many story threads being juggled at one time. Whether I continue on with Justice League of America remains to be seen--I had high, high hopes for Geoff Johns' version, only to find Aquaman mostly pushed out of the book after Throne of Atlantis. Let's see if Bryan Hitch has longer range plans for the Aquatic Ace!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Aquaman Art Gallery: David Pozzo

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This beautiful illustration is the work of our newest, David Pozzo (follow him on Twitter). Everyone--including myself--loves seeing Aquaman portrayed as a bad-ass in fan art, but I also really enjoy pieces like this that so wonderfully convey his relationships with the creatures of the sea. Great work!

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 129

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Episode 129 - Dr. Fate in "The Immortal Destiny"

I'm taking the week off, so Shag is joined by guest podcaster KYLE BENNING for a look at one of their all-time favorite single-issue comics, "The Immortal Destiny" from FIRST ISSUE SPECIAL #9 starring Dr. Fate by Martin Pasko and Walt Simonson!

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Opening theme, "That Time is Now," by Michael Kohler. Closing music by Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge of The Bad Mamma Jammas!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Aquaman Episode 36 - To Catch A Fisherman


Aquaman Episode 36 
- "To Catch A Fisherman" by Bob Haney

This final (*sniff*) episode of Aquaman opens with Tusky and Imp playing hide and go seek. Suddenly, Tusky disappears, confusing the sea horse. He alerts Aquaman and Aqualad, and they start a search. They can't find him after many hours, so Aquaman suggests they consult Oceanus, The Old Man of the Sea, who lives in a giant clam and "knows all."

The shriveled old man tells Aquaman to go "where the sea burns" to find Tusky, which sends our heroes to an underwater volcano which makes the sea around it appear on fire. They see what they think is Tusky trapped inside some hardened lava, but it turns out to be a stuffed fake! Waiting for them there is the villainous Fisherman, who has the drop on them via his series of harpoons, fired from his super-cool attack ship (The Fisherman has always had some sweet rides).


The first harpoon "lassoes" some lava, dragging it around Aquaman and Aqualad so when it hardens they are trapped. They soon escape, and Aqualad pretends to be knocked unconscious so the Fisherman will focus on Aquaman. Meanwhile, Aqualad goes back to Oceanus, demanding to know why he led them into this trap. Unfortunately, Oceanus is...gone!

Aqualad hears Tusky in distress, finding him and the real Oceanus trussed up nearby. The Fisherman posed as Oceanus as part of his plan! After being freedm Oceanus tells Aqualad that "only a two-legged fish can be caught by a two-legged bait." Heading back to the fray, Aqualad attacks The Fisherman while Aquaman, after freeing himself from another lava prison, also gets in on the fight.

The Fisherman threatens to blow everyone up via some nefarious Big Yellow Button, but Tusky helps out by knocking him out via the fake Tusky being dropped on his head:


The Fisherman is trussed up by some seaweed, leaving Aquaman and Aqualad to check back in on Oceanus. The Fisherman cries for help after being repeatedly needled by Tusky, and Aquaman and Aqualad wave goodbye to Oceanus. The End!

As I said above, this is the final episode of Aquaman. The following season, Aquaman would be replaced by Batman, the show would change titles to The Superman/Batman Hour of Adventure, and the Sea King's moment in the sun would be over. He wouldn't be seen outside the comics more or less until 1973, the first season of Super Friends. Many decades later, pop culture commentators would wonder why someone as seemingly second tier as Aquaman would be placed alongside icons like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, not understanding this show is the reason. It stayed in syndication through the 1970s, hit the home video market in the 1980s, and has remained available in one form or another all the way to the present.

While of course having very limited resources with which to produce a weekly show, Filmation did Aquaman a great service, by presenting him as such a brave, powerful force for food. Sure, the alien races he took on were less than terrifying, but the show gave Aquaman such an amazing, candy-coated world of adventure to swim around in every week, it was bound to create a generation of devoted Aquaman fans. It sure worked on me--as a kid I ate this show up, and it was one of the reasons I grew up loving the Sea King so much.

I hope you've enjoyed these looks back at the show, it was fun to revisit after so many years. Now that the summer is officially here, and after eight and half years of one regular Sunday feature or another, I've decided to take a bit of a rest and not immediately replace Saturday Morning Sundays. This will be the Shrine's last Sunday post for a while, so I can not be so chained to my computer and actually go see this thing they call Outside. Thanks to everyone who followed, let's head for home, tadpole!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer The Aqua-Dog Bill Cameron's Italian Greyhound Summer is ready to make a splash!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Aquaman Cosplay @ NYC Special Edition 2015

This is newest and cosplayer extraordinaire Joseph Munisteri at the 2015 NYC Special Edition con posing with Trevor McCarthy, Peter David, and Jeff Parker! Wow, an Aqua-Hat Trick!

Joseph is also part of a group of cosplayers called DC Cosplayers East, and at the bottom he's posing alongside two Meras, who are part of an Atlantis subgroup(!). There was a mega photoshoot at the NYCC show featuring dozens of cosplayers, and Joseph made sure the Sea King was represented. Now that's a fan!

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Nabsico Super Heroes Cookies Display Ilke Hincer found this unique item over on eBay, a display header card for Nabisco's Super Heroes Cookies campaign from the early 1980s. Or is it?

AFAIK, Nabisco put these DC-themed cookies out around that time, but some of the poses seen here look more modern to me (click the image embiggen). Aquaman in particular looks like he was drawn by Curt Swan, which would suggest it's from 1989 or so. And what's with that odd shot of Batgirl, Joker, The Riddler, and The Penguin, which all seem to be existing in the same space?

The person selling this was asking around $250.00 for it. Good luck with that.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Who's Who: Update '87 Volume 1

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87: VOLUME 1

Shag and I kick off the WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87 series! We take a look at new and updated characters such as the All-Star Squadron, Batman, Bizarro, Black Adam, Booster Gold, Carcharo, and more! We wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Aquaman Episode 35 - The Silver Sphere


Aquaman Episode 35 
- "The Silver Sphere" by Dennis Marks

At an undersea sulphur pit, a silver sphere appears which seems to have magical properties. Unfortunately it rests right on the land division of two different races, the blue Tortoids and the green Lizard Men. One of the Tortoids claims ownership, so when one of the Lizard Men says it's here, the Tortoid promptly shoots him in the face with a ray gun, stealing the sphere.

This quickly escalates into full-scale war, so guess who arrives to clean this mess up? Of course, Aquaman! After some well-thrown hardwater projectiles, the Sea King attempts to talk some sense into these knuckleheads:


Each race says the sphere is theirs, so Aquaman comes up with a more peaceful way of determining ownership: a series of physical contests, with whoever winning getting to own the sphere for a year. Little do they know, but Black Manta is nearby, watching all this with a plan to steal the sphere from all of them!

When some Manta Men show up blasting, one of the Tortoids saves Aqualad from getting hit. Aqualad then agrees to sub for him in the sphere contest, much to the delight of the shorter, less physically agile Tortoids. The first competition is a race through razor-sharp sea brambles, with the Lizard Man winning after he(?) cheats.

Aquaman informs him that Black Manta has stolen the sphere, but to keep the peace Aqualad should continue with the games so he can retrieve it. The second contest is a wrestling match, with the young man putting the Lizard Man in a vice-like grip until he begs for mercy. Meanwhile, Aquaman tracks down Black Manta, but soon finds himself playing Anastasia Steele to Manta's Christian Grey:


The Tortoids and the Lizard Men discover the sphere is gone, and assume Aquaman has stolen it for Atlantis. Aqualad explains the truth, and they warn him that if Aquaman does not return with it, he will be enslaved to both races. The contest goes on, with Aqualad winning the third competition. Meanwhile, Aquaman frees himself thanks to his finny friends and brings back the sphere, with Manta close behind in his Manta Ship.

With the help of a whale, Black Manta is knocked into the sulphur pit, much to the cheers of everyone. Having won the contest, Aquaman awards the sphere to the Tortoids, who say that they have reached an agreement to share it, to even more cheers from everyone. The End!

This is Black Manta's final appearance on the show, and it's a little sad he is so easily dispatched. The Filmation Manta Men are some of my favorite examples of their visual creativity, I can never get enough of those creepy looking dudes with their worried faces.

The sequence with Aqualad wrestling the Lizard Man is probably the most outwardly violent in the whole series, there's a close up of his rattling tail going limp as he taps out thanks to Aqualad's chokehold. The kid really wanted to win!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Aquaman/Batman by Jim Aparo

This commission by Jim Aparo from 2002 already ran on the Shrine's Twitter feed a few days ago, but I don't care about the double-dipping: any excuse to run Aquaman by Jim Aparo, I'm going to take it!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The New York Post - 6/7/15 Robby Reed spotted this none-too-helpful article about the upcoming Aquaman film in the June 7 edition of The New York Post. Click to embiggen, if you must...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mera/AquaWoman Cosplay

Ahoy, mateys! Check out this super-cute "Bombshell" Mera cosplayer seen at the 2015 MomoCon held in Atlanta, GA!

(h/t: Khari Sampson)

...and here are Wonder Woman and AquaWoman at the 2015 NYCC Special Edition, courtesy John Trumbull!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Aquaman by Steve Rude

The legendary Steve Rude posted this marker commission on his Facebook page last week. As usual, it's a stunning piece, and is a melancholy reminder how little the Sea King has had the chance to be drawn by Mr. Rude. Simply beautiful!

Hey DC Comics--can you say "Variant Cover"?

Monday, June 08, 2015

The Power Records Podcast Episode 10: Star Trek!

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, Episode 10

In this episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, Chris Franklin and I discuss two STAR TREK audio adventures, "A Mirror For Futility" and "The Time Stealer." We wrap up with your Listener Feedback! LLAP!

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Aquaman Episode 34 - Three Wishes to Trouble


Aquaman Episode 34 
- "Three Wishes to Trouble" by Bob Haney

While on patrol, Aqualad and Tusky find a weird old jug sitting among a wrecked ship. Aqualad opens the jug and out pops...Snork The Genie!

Aqualad is granted three wishes (of course), and the first thing he asks for is a giant robot. His wish is granted, and he commands the robot to clean up all the debris laying around this part of the ocean. Unfortunately the robot does its job too well, using its powerful suction to dredge up everything in its path, including Tusky and Storm!


Aqualad consults Snork, using his section wish to ask for a "giant robot smasher." Snork complies and the robot is destroyed. Aquaman arrives demanding to know what the hell is going on, and Aqualad tells him about Snork. The Sea King tells his young irresponsible charge to get that genie back in the jug, but Aqulad doesn't quite comply. Instead, he uses his third wish to ask for telepathic powers similar to Aquaman's!

Aqualad does the vu-vu-vu thing, accidentally releasing a small army of mutant fish who go on a rampage! He tries to command them back into the dark cave they came from, but he finds his powers gone. When queried, Snork cheekily points out that Aqualad asked for the powers "one time only", and he has fulfilled that wish. Realizing he's in trouble, Aqualad calls on Aquaman who uses his powers to get his finny friends on the case, forcing the angry sea creatures back from where they came.:


Aquaman has had enough, commanding a puffer fish to come and suck up Snork. He then spits the genie back in the jug, with Aqualad sealing it back up. The End!

This is the second episode in a row where Aqualad does something really stupid and Aquaman has to pull his fat out the fire. Sidekicks, am I right?

Snork The Genie is right out of Central Cartoon Casting, with a funny voice and a slightly more cartoony visage. He did a few guest spots on other cartoons like Shazzan and The Brady Kids before retiring and settling down in Laurel Canyon. His lawsuit against Hanna-Barbera regarding their Snorks animated show was not successful.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Justice League: Mortal Concept Sketch

Post-Mad Max: Fury Road, a new generation of movie fans are realizing what a filmmaking genius George Miller is. To that end, there are now a bunch of articles following up on Miller's aborted Justice League 2008 movie, tentatively/horrendously titled Justice League: Mortal.

Supposedly, this is a character sketch of what Aquaman (who was to be played by Santiago Cabrera) would have looked like. If this is legit, it's interesting to consider how closely Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman concept of the Sea King ended up following Miller's: the ornate armor/shirtless combo, the long hair, and the overall getting away from Arthur's blonde, blue-eyed American visage.

This article on Den Of Geek gets into the details of the movie, and why ultimately it didn't happen. Another interesting thing to consider is, if this film had been made, Warner Bros./DC would have gotten their movie world building off the ground before Marvel!

(h/t: Daniel Cynical Adams)

Thursday, June 04, 2015

James Wan To Direct AQUAMAN

Yesterday Variety confirmed that James Wan (The Conjuring, Fast and Furious 7) will indeed be directing 2018's Aquaman, as was rumored.

Variety's story also offered a very bare bones plot: "Aquaman, the King of the Seven Seas and the reluctant ruler of Atlantis, [is] caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, but is committed to protecting the entire globe."

I've only seen a couple of Wan's films, so I can't really say I feel one way or the other about this news. There were some other names in the running that I'm glad did not make the cut, so there's that. Plus, with Wan's last film making over one billion dollars worldwide, he pretty much could have picked any project he wanted. The fact that he chose Aquaman suggests (he says, hopefully), that Wan sees something in the character, the material, or both, that makes him think this will be a worthwhile movie.

Aquaman is scheduled for release in July 2018.

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