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Firestorm


Ronald Raymond, art by Jamal Igle. Jason Rusch is a fictional hero from the DC Comics Universe and is the third person to take the mantle of Firestorm. ... Image File history File links Firestorm_raymond. ... Jamal Yaseem Igle ( born July 19, 1972 in Harlem, New York ) is an American comic book artist. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Raymond/Stein:
Firestorm #1 (1978)
Stein solo as Firestorm:
Firestorm vol. 2, #100 (1990)
Created by (Raymond)
Gerry Conway
Al Milgrom
Characteristics
Alter ego - Ronald "Ronnie" Raymond[1]
- Professor Martin Stein
Team
affiliations
(Raymond)
Justice League
Power Company
Abilities Raymond:
  • Ability to rearrange the atomic and molecular structure of matter
  • Can alter the density of objects, including his own body, and render them intangible
  • Can project bolts of nuclear energy
  • flight
  • absorb explosive force and radiation in to his body harmlessly.
Stein:

Firestorm is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. Created by writer Gerry Conway and artist Allen Milgrom, he first appeared in Firestorm #1 (March 1978). DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Gerard F. Gerry Conway (September 10, 1952 - ) is an American writer of comic books and television shows. ... Cover to West Coast Avengers #1, Art by Milgrom Allen Al Milgrom is an American comic book writer, penciller, inker and editor. ... For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ... The Power Company was a short-lived DC Comics series focusing on the exploits of a team of professional superheroes of the same name, created by writer Kurt Busiek and artist Tom Grummet. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... Gerard F. Gerry Conway (September 10, 1952 - ) is an American writer of comic books and television shows. ... Cover to West Coast Avengers #1, Art by Milgrom Allen Al Milgrom is an American comic book writer, penciller, inker and editor. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...

Contents

Publication history

The original Firestorm was distinguished by his integrated dual identity. High school student Ronald Raymond and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Martin Stein were caught in a nuclear accident that allowed them to fuse into the "nuclear man" Firestorm. Due to Stein's being unconscious during the accident, Raymond was prominently in command of the Firestorm form with Stein a voice of reason inside his mind. Banter between the two was a hallmark of their adventures. For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... The Nobel Prize (Swedish: ), as designated in Alfred Nobels will in 1895, is awarded in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. ... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ...


Firestorm possesses great powers, including flight, superhuman strength and control over matter itself. He also stands out visually, with (literally) flaming hair and a distinctive red and yellow costume.


The first Firestorm series was short-lived. However The Fury of Firestorm, later called Firestorm: the Nuclear Man, lasted from 1982 until 1990. The series began with the teenaged Raymond adjusting to his newfound role and later delved into the issue of the nuclear arms race and Firestorm’s role as an "elemental." A new Firestorm series began in 2004 with a new character Jason Rusch in the role. Like other superheroes before him, he had a sense of humor which he often used to hide his insecurities. U.S. and USSR/Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles, 1945-2006. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jason Rusch is a fictional hero from the DC Comics Universe and is the third person to take the mantle of Firestorm. ...


Firestorm has been a member of its "all-star" team the Justice League and, for two seasons, its 1970s/80s cartoon adaptation Super Friends. For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... This article is about the Hanna-Barbera television series. ...


Fictional character biography

Ronald Raymond / Martin Stein

After the accident that created him, Firestorm took to defending New York from such threats as Multiplex (created in the same nuclear accident that produced Firestorm) and Killer Frost. The 1978 series was cancelled abruptly in a company-wide cutback (the "DC Implosion") with #5 (the first part of a multiple-issue story) the last to be distributed, and #6 included in Cancelled Comics Cavalcade. Writer Conway added Firestorm to the roster of Justice League of America. This led to a series of 8-page stories in the back of The Flash (with art by George Perez), and a revival of a monthly Firestorm comic in 1982. This article is about the state. ... This article is about the DC Comic book character. ... Killer Frost is the name of two DC Comics supervillains, mainly as foes of Firestorm. ... Cancelled Comics Cavalcade was a tongue-in-cheek publication reproduced in the offices of DC Comics in very limited quantity following the DC Implosion in 1978. ... The Justice League is a DC Comics superhero team. ... The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... George Pérez (born June 9, 1954 in The Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. ...


The monthly series, written initially by Conway and drawn mainly by Pat Broderick and Rafael Kayanan, slowly developed the lives of Raymond and Stein, as the teenager struggled with high school and moved towards graduation and the scientist found a life outside the lab. A second nuclear hero, Firehawk, was added as a love interest for Firestorm in 1984. The series also tried to create a sense of fun, something that Conway felt was missing during his years writing Spider-Man; the banter between Ronald Raymond and Martin Stein contributed to this. Upon graduation from high school, Raymond entered college in Pittsburgh, where Stein had been hired as a professor. Firehawk is a superheroine in the DC Comics DC Universe. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ...


Firestorm's list of enemies included such generally forgotten foes as the Hyena, Zuggernaut, Typhoon, and Black Bison. One Firestorm enemy, Plastique, would later play a major role in DC's Captain Atom; she later reformed and married him. He also fought Killer Frost, who was forced by the Psycho Pirate to fall in love with him during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. DC Comics had at least two villains called Hyena, one male and one female. ... The Zuggernaut is a villain in the DC Comics universe. ... Typhoon and his frequent nemesis Firestorm from Fury Of Firestorm #8(1983) Typhoon is a super-villain in the DC Comics universe. ... Black Bison is the name of a 2 DC Comics supervillain. ... Plastique (real name Bette Sans Souci) is a DC Comics character who has evolved over the decades from supervillain to superhero, one of a handful of DC characters depicted as Canadian in origin. ... Captain Atom is a fictional comic book superhero. ... The Psycho-Pirate is the name of two DC comics supervillains, dating back to the Golden Age of Comics. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ...


In 1986, Conway abruptly left the series, and John Ostrander (with artist Joe Brozowski) took over the reins. Ostrander, a more politically aware writer, sought to make Firestorm more relevant to the world and a good deal grittier. His first major story arc pitted Firestorm against the world, as the hero (acting on a suggestion from a terminally ill Prof. Stein) demanded the U.S. and the Soviet Union destroy all of their nuclear weapons. After tussles with the Justice League and most of his enemies, Firestorm faced off against a Russian nuclear man named Pozhar in the Nevada desert, where both had an atomic bomb dropped on them. John Ostrander is an American writer of comics. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Pozhar is a fictional DC Comics Russian superhero. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ...


When the smoke cleared, a new Firestorm was created who was made up of Raymond and the Russian, Mikhail Arkadin (the Russian superhero Pozhar), but controlled by the disembodied amnesiac mind of Prof. Stein. The stories featuring this version of the hero were highly political, with a good deal of action taking place in Mikhail Gorbachev's Moscow. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev[1] (Russian: , IPA: ; born 2 March 1931) is a Russian politician. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ...

The elemental Firestorm. Cover to Firestorm v2, #85. Art by Tom Grindberg.
The elemental Firestorm. Cover to Firestorm v2, #85. Art by Tom Grindberg.

The Raymond/Arkadin Firestom proved to be a transitional phase, as in 1989, writer John Ostrander fundamentally changed the character of Firestorm by revealing that Firestorm was a "Fire Elemental". Taking his cue from Alan Moore's Swamp Thing (an earth elemental), Firestorm now became something of an environmental crusader, formed from Raymond, Arkadin, and a Soviet clone of the previous Firestorm, but with a new mind. Prof. Stein, no longer part of the composite at all, continued to play a role, but the focus was on this radically different character. New artist Tom Mandrake would create a new look to match. It was during this phase that Firestorm met and befriended Shango and the Orishas the elemental gods of Africa. He also met their chief deity and Shango's older brother Obatala, Lord of the White Cloth. This was also the situation in which the Shadowstorm entity first appeared. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (399x618, 55 KB) Summary # 85. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (399x618, 55 KB) Summary # 85. ... Tom Grindberg (Born November 3, 1961[1]) is a comic book illustrator. ... John Ostrander is an American writer of comics. ... For other persons named Alan Moore, see Alan Moore (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Swamp Thing (disambiguation). ... Tom Mandrake is a notable comic book artist, perhaps best known for collaborating with John Ostrander on multiple comic books, including Grimjack (from First Comics) and The Spectre, Martian Manhunter, and Firestorm, from DC Comics. ... Shango is a fictional comic book deity in the DC Universe. ... The Orishas fictional characters published by DC Comics. ...


However, the series ran out of steam at its one hundredth issue, by which time Stein learned that he was destined to be the true fire elemental and would have been were it not for Ron Raymond also being there by circumstance. Raymond and Arkadin were returned to their old lives, and Stein, now Firestorm, was accidentally exiled to deep space in the process of saving the Earth. He thereafter spent many years traveling through space as a wanderer, returning to earth on only two occasions: the aforementioned War of the Gods crossover event, and again in Extreme Justice #5, where Stein cured Raymond of his leukemia and allowed Raymond to retain the original Firestorm persona on his own.


After the transition to the elemental Firestorm, all of the main characters from the series vanished from the comics for some time after the cancellation of the Firestorm comic in 1990 (except for a brief cameo in the War of the Gods crossover event). Raymond eventually returned in the pages of the JLA spin-off, Extreme Justice. Raymond, who at the time was undergoing treatment for leukemia, regained his original powers (rather abruptly) after a chemotherapy session. It took the combined might of the Justice League, led by Captain Atom, and the returned elemental Firestorm to restore Ronald's health. Firestorm began to appear regularly in a number of DC titles, though lacking the guidance and knowledge necessary to use his skills wisely. He would play a role in several company-wide crossovers and, in 2002, returned to active duty with the Justice League and also appeared briefly in Kurt Busiek's heroes-for-hire comic The Power Company. A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Extreme Justice #0. ... Captain Atom is a fictional comic book superhero. ... Kurt Busiek (born September 16, 1960) is a comic book writer. ... The Power Company was a short-lived DC Comics series focusing on the exploits of a team of professional superheroes of the same name, created by writer Kurt Busiek and artist Tom Grummet. ...


Death

Cover art for Firestorm v3, #6. Art by Chris Batista.
Cover art for Firestorm v3, #6. Art by Chris Batista.

Subsequently, Raymond was killed off during the Identity Crisis mini-series. It was revealed in Identity Crisis #5 and Firestorm #6 that during a battle with a villain called the Shadow Thief, Raymond was impaled by the Shining Knight's sword, which the Shadow Thief had stolen. The magical sword ruptured the nuclear man's containment field, resulting in Firestorm's body exploding and his residual essence funneling into the body of Jason Rusch, the new host of the Firestorm Matrix. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x602, 84 KB)Promotional cover art for Firestorm #6, by Chris Batista [1] This is a copyrighted digital image of the cover art for a forthcoming comic book that has been released by a company or organization to promote the issue... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x602, 84 KB)Promotional cover art for Firestorm #6, by Chris Batista [1] This is a copyrighted digital image of the cover art for a forthcoming comic book that has been released by a company or organization to promote the issue... Cover to The Legion #33 by Batista Chris Batista is a comic book artist and penciller. ... This article is about the DC Comics series. ... Shadow-Thief is a DC Comics supervillain and a recurring foe to Hawkman. ... Shining Knight is the name of three fictional superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ...


Jason Rusch

Main article: Jason Rusch

In 2004, DC revived the Firestorm comic for a third time, instead of Ronald Raymond, there was a new protagonist; Jason Rusch, an African-American teenager. The Martian Manhunter explained in the latter issue that he examined the new Firestorm's mind telepathically for any trace of Ronald Raymond, but could not find any, which would have seemed to indicate that Raymond was indeed gone. Ronnie Raymond returned within the Firestorm matrix in Firestorm #9, and remained with Jason as part of Firestorm until he appeared to dissipate in Firestorm #13. Jason Rusch is a fictional hero from the DC Comics Universe and is the third person to take the mantle of Firestorm. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


Television appearances

Firestorm appeared in ABC's Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (the last two Super Friends series). Mark L. Taylor provided Ronnie Raymond's voice while Olan Soule provided Martin Stein's voice. Probably fearing that the children watching the show could set their heads on fire while trying to imitate the hero's appearance, the crew responsible by the first series turned Firestorm's head flames into a static, fire-shaped ornament. The second series' authors made a second change, making it a waving haircut. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Mark L. Taylor is an actor who voices Thomas Brown on W.I.T.C.H.. Categories: ... Olan Soule, born February 29, 1909, was a voice actor, best known for providing the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Super Friends cartoons of the 1960s before giving the role over to former TV Batman Adam West. ...


Firestorm was among the myriad planned guest stars in Cartoon Network's Justice League Unlimited animated series. JLU writer/producer Dwayne McDuffie said the animated series had permission to use Firestorm, but the show's creators could not come up with a story using him that they liked.[2] In Wizard #197, McDuffie said they would have used Raymond and Stein's version of Firestorm for the series. Firestorm has appeared in issues #3 and 16 of the JLU tie-in comic. He was to have been the focus character for the episode "The Greatest Story Never Told", but was replaced by Booster Gold.[3] For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Dwayne McDuffie is a comic book animation writer and a creator of the Emmy Award winning show Static Shock. ... Booster Gold is a fictional character, a superhero in publications from DC Comics. ...


Other versions

  • Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond) has appeared in the Justice League Unlimited spin-off comic book. His appearances are in issues # 3, 8, and 16
  • In Amalgam Comics, Firestorm is combined with Sunfire to form Sunfirestorm and Sunstorm.

Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida )) is a Marvel Comics superhero,and former member of the X-Men. ...

See also

Brother Power the Geek was a comic book character created in the late 1960s for DC Comics by Joe Simon. ... Mai Miyazaki, the Naiad first appeared in Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #90, in which she was revealed to be the elemental of water, in the same league as Firestorm (fire), Red Tornado (air), and Swamp Thing (earth). ... Red Tornado is a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... For other uses, see Swamp Thing (disambiguation). ...

Notes

  1. ^ Either in conjunction with Stein or Mikhail Arkadin or alone.
  2. ^ http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread.jspa?threadID=2000119643
  3. ^ http://jl.toonzone.net/episode33/episode33.htm

External links

  • Alan Kistler's Profile On: FIRESTORM - An in-depth analysis on www.MonitorDuty.com by comic book historian Alan Kistler on the various incarnations of Firestorm and how their powers and personalities have differed.
  • Index to Ronnie and Prof. Stein's Earth-1 adventures
  • The Nuclear Fan
  • FROM THE FILES OF PROFESSOR MARTIN STEIN

 
 

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