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Monday, May 12, 2014

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 88

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 88 - Aquaman and the Others #2/ Firestorm Backups from Flash #s 289/290

The new golden age of Aquaman continues as we cover the 2nd issue of AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS, by Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina, and Allen Martinez. Next we present our first installment in a new reoccurring feature covering backup stories of our favorite heroes! This time we're covering the Firestorm backup stories from THE FLASH #s 289/290, by Gerry Conway and George Perez. Featuring Perez's very first work for DC 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! http://www.facebook.com/BadMammaJammas

Thanks for listening! Fan the Flame and Ride the Wave!


Anonymous said...

This is unrelated to this episode, specifically, but might y'all provide individual downloads for the soundtrack one of these days? There are several of those songs I'd like to just have.

Xum Yukinori said...

Great show, as always. My thanks to you, gentlemen.

Perhaps "Let's Back Up a Bit" can work as a shorter placeholder name for this new segment until a better idea comes along...

And Rob, I remember the "stamp ad" during the 1980 8-page back-up era, and that Aquaman was listed as the "back-up" for Adventure Comics (being an addition to the Plastic Man and Starman segments regularly featured at the time). I found it interesting in Adventure #475 to find the new Aquaman segment receive top-billing as the first feature in the book. It was no surprise, mind you, since Aquaman was the most "marquee" character of the three features. I just thought it was interesting that this was a case of the back up being up front.

Okay, I will stop now.

Fanning the flame and riding the wave... in Kokubunji.

Xum (pronounced "Zoom")

P.S. "The Flash" was indeed a wonderful show. Rob, the Trickster movie you mentioned was also released in Asia on VHS as "Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster" -- with "Flash I" being the pilot episode. Also released on VHS was "Flash 3: Deadly Nightshade" -- which featured the two Nightshade episodes. Living in Hong Kong and Malaysia in the early 1990s, these three PAL tapes comprised my entire collection of "The Flash" show until the entire series DVD was released in the mid-naughties. While some aspects of the show are now charmingly dated, the series as a whole still holds up well in my mind.

Unknown said...

How about "Back That Cast Up"?

Rob hit the nail on the head: No one draws "real people" moments like Perez. Just check out NTT #38 ("Who is Donna Troy") and Tales of the Teen Titans #50 (the wedding issue) to see the master at work.

Was Perez in a holding pattern waiting for NTT to start-up when he did these Firestorm back-ups? I always here NTT is what got him to come over to DC. And he always professes that he didn't "leave" Marvel. He continued to pencil Avengers until he got NTT AND JLA,and just couldn't keep up any more.

I LOVED the Flash TV series, and it still holds up well today. The later part of the season in particular is really strong. Those Trickser episodes are indeed a standout, and Harley Quinn does indeed owe much to Prank.

I'm kind of in-between Rob and Shag on Gotham. It doesn't look bad, but I'm not sure how much we need to know about pre-Batman Gotham, either. I watched Smallville for 10 years, so what do I know?

Looking forward to digging into some more back-ups!

P.S. Nice sting at the end with the Riddler ruse. Aquaman got some dialog, alright!