March 31st, 2006

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Firestorm!

Back in 1978, Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom created a new superhero character called Firestorm, who had his own comic book for five issues before it was cancelled in the great DC implosion. I picked this series up from the very first issue, fascinated by the idea of a merged hero who consisted of a high school jock and a nuclear physicist, working together as two minds inside one super-powered body. (Hmm...I wonder if the Firestorm character helped spark my interest in physics.)

Alan Kistler, comics historian extraordinaire, has finally posted Alan Kistler's Profile On: FIRESTORM! over on the Monitor Duty blog. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how a character's basic nature transforms when the character is written about and has to be kept "fresh" over the course of almost thirty years. Because, if you're reading DC comics today, you know that a new version of Firestorm has been around for about two years now. Go read the profile, and enjoy.