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The Firestorm Matrix (08x01a - The Bride of Darkseid, Part One)

Professor Stein (08x06a - The Island of the Dinosoids)

Ronnie Raymond (08x06a - The Island of the Dinosoids)

Information
Real name: Martin Stein and
Ronald Raymond
AKA: Nuclear Man
Species: Metahuman
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Earth-One
Occupation: Superhero
Base: Unnamed City
Unnamed High School
Hall of Justice
New York City (Earth-One)
Affiliations: Jr. SuperFriends
SuperFriends
Super Powers Team
Justice League (Earth-One)
Voiced/Played: Martin Stein: Olan Soule
Ronnie Raymond: Mark Taylor
Firestorm Gallery

Jr. SuperFriends Team Member

Two men fused by a bizarre nuclear explosion: one is a nobel prize winning physicist Professor Stein; the other is teenager Ronnie Raymond, and together they form – Firestorm!
Firestorm, #3 (June 1978)


Season 8 - Intro
Firestorm (09x01 - The Seeds of Doom)

Season 9 Appearance

Firestorm was a superhero that was in reality a combination of both Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein.

He had the ability to transform anything non-organic into whatever he desired. It was never revealed when or if he moved from Junior SuperFriends status.[1] Regardless of status or designation, it was clear that he was one of the most powerful members of the team.

Firestorm’s voice and body was controlled by Ronnie, but Martin was fused with his mind, acting like a conscience or guide with his wisdom and maturity.

Firestorm's list of enemies on Earth-One (assumedly the same on Earth-1A), included such generally forgotten foes as: former lab assistant of Martin Stein, Danton Black (aka Multiplex);[2] the Hyena (Doreen Day’s sister);[3] the second Hyena, Jivan Shi ;[4] the Atomic Skull;[5] Typhoon;[6] Silver Deer;[7] Black Bison;[8] Plastique[9] Crystal Frost (aka Killer Frost);[10] and Louise Lincoln, the new Killer Frost (who was later forced by the Psycho-Pirate to fall in love with him during the Crisis).[11]


Background Information

On the parallel-universe of Earth-1A, Ronnie Raymond, a High School student,[12] was with his trusted friend and mentor, Professor Martin Stein in his lab on the campus of Fairmont University when they were caught in an explosion from one of Professor Stein’s Molecular Fusion experiments.[13]

Firestorm makes his debut by performing heroic deeds. He first makes himself known to Superfriends team member, Black Vulcan out in the desert when he helps him take down some bank robbers. He doesn’t stay long and hurries away. A few days later, in Metropolis, during a bad storm saves citizens from the falling top of the Daily Planet. Clark Kent and Lois Lane are on hand to witness to amazing deed. The following day, as Wonder Woman saves an Ocean Liner from crashing into an iceberg, Firestorm arrives and turns the large iceberg into a small block of ice. She asks him what his name is and he says he is ‘Firestorm,’ and takes off. Ronnie complains to the professor saying she was a fox and that he’d like to stay longer. The professor reminds him that he had to get back to his lab and that Ronnie needed to study for his final exam. A short time later, back at the Hall of Justice, Wonder Woman comments to her associates that this ‘Firestorm’ is on the cover of every major magazine. Batman has already done a spectral-genetic analysis of a photo, and has determined that Firestorm is in reality two people. Meanwhile, miles away, at Mt. Jupiter, Darkseid and Kalibak have arrived through a Boom Tube. His plan is defeat the SuperFriends on this very spot and capture Wonder Woman. He summons the heroes by causing the eruption of the dead volcano. They arrive (only Superman and Wonder Woman aware of who he is) and engage this nefarious villain. Firestorm arrives, just as Darkseid has trapped the SuperFriends and captured Wonder Woman and heading through the boom tube. He saves Wonder Woman and frees the imprisoned heroes. Darkseid escapes through the boom tube. Completely trusting this new hero Superman and the rest of the SuperFriends invite Firestorm back to the JLA. Back the Hall of Justivce, Firestorm revealed his secret-identity by undoing his transformation and is now two people again. The professor explains how he and Ronald became Firestorm and then Ronnie, back as Firestorm shows off all his powers. Superman, then, speaking for everyone, offers Firestorm membership into the SuperFriends. The young man is over the moon and says yes immediately! Before he leaves, Wonder Woman offers to give him a tour of the Hall, starting first thing in the morning. As he leaves, he tells the professor how excited he is to spend the entire day with Wonder Woman. The professor jokingly replies telling him to remember that she is much older than he is. Ronnie, laughs and says that ‘he can dream, can’t he?[14]

The next morning Firestorm arrives and his fumbling all over himself being enamored with Wonder Woman. He clumsily turns off the Hall’s Force-Field, thus allowing Darkseid to enter and capture Wonder Woman.[15] Firestorm summons the rest of the SuperFriends. Black Vulcan finds Apokolips and Batman finds Wonder Woman’s Magic Lasso. Superman invites Firestorm to join them who is somewhat stunned at the offer. They stealthily arrive and save Wonder Woman, only to find out the ease of rescue was a ruse. Wonder Woman has been brainwashed (by Darkseid’s Mind Probe) in order to ensure the SuperFriends capture and so he can marry the Amazonian princess. Firestorm is able to resist the Mind Probe and destroy it, setting everyone free. Batman uses the Magic Lasso on Wonder Woman, freeing her from Darkseid’s control. As they battle Darksied, Wonder Woman steals a Boom Tube device, opening the portal allowing their escape. Black Vulcan waits in the Hall, opening the force-field to allow them safe passage. Batman praises Firestorm and Wonder Woman kisses Firestorm.[16]

Firestorm learns the origins of the new, and somewhat solitary hero known as Cyborg.[17] Being teenagers, they develop a close friendship.

More SuperFriends History Coming Soon!!

Firestorm’s Very Different, Earth-One History

Firestorm’s Very Different, Earth-One History

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, in 1978, Ronnie Raymond had just relocated to Bradley High School and was having a difficult time making friends. He met Doreen Day – forming an instant connection. Ronnie sought to impress Doreen by becoming politically active in the community. He joined an anti-nuclear protest group known as the Coalition to Resist Atomic Power. Little did Ronnie know however, was that the leader of the group, Eddie Earhart, was actually a terrorist. The Coalition prepared to blow up the recently constructed Hudson Nuclear Power Plant. Ronnie believed that they were simply going to stage a harmless protest. The Hudson Nuclear Power Plant was vacant, but for one man – designer and Nobel Prize winner and physicist, Martin Stein. Stein claimed that the plant was going to be the world's first completely safe nuclear power facility in the world. One of Stein's former assistants, a man named Danton Black arrived at the plant in an effort to blackmail Stein. That same afternoon, the Coalition arrived and Ronnie discovered the true motivations of the group. Eddie Earhart rendered both Raymond and Stein unconscious and set explosives throughout the reactor core of the facility. The dynamite exploded and the wave of energy from the reactor core fused Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein into a single composite being – Firestorm![18]

Shortly after Firestorm debut, Superman, as Clark Kent, after doing a news-report for WGBS-TV in Metropolis, on a new super-hero in New York decides to fly north to New York to meet him. After observing him for a bit, Superman thinks the young hero has a lot of energy and charisma. He meets with the young man, encourages him and tells him that although he is not ready yet, he will be and that he’ll sponsor him when the time is right for JLA membership.[19]

Unaware of his connection to Ronnie and Firestorm, Professor Stein is concerned over his recent black-outs, and turns to alcohol.[20]

After being extremely active in super-heroics, Firestorm suddenly disappears. He is somewhat forced back into a short time later after a destructive crime-spree in New York City by Killer Frost. He teams up with the Man of Steel who asks him why he disappeared. Firestorm explains that he felt as though he didn't have what it took to be a hero (and because of Professor Stein’s heavy drinking and declining reputation). Superman believes that he does, and tells him sometimes the friendship of other super-humans could help him in finding his worth and offers him membership in the Justice League of America.[21]

Despite Green Arrow’s opposition, Firestorm is sponsored by Superman, and inducted as the newest member of the Justice League. He is not required to reveal his secret identity, nor is he made privy to the secret identities of the other members.[22]

Determined to be more honest with his partner, Ronnie comes across Professor Stein, and tells him everything that only occurred only a few months ago; relieving him of the burden of his mysterious blackouts.[23]

On their way to their annual joint meeting, being held this year simultaneously on Earth-One and Earth-Two, several members of the Justice League (including new inductee, Firestorm) and Justice Society are abducted via the Transmatter and taken to New Genesis, home of the New Gods. Before the abducted hero’s are Mr. Miracle, his wife Big Barda, Oberon and Metron (the Highfather Izaya’s advisor). They are seeking their aid after the remaining populace of New Genesis has been kidnapped and enslaved by the minions of Apokolips, the evil world that is New Genesis's counterpart. They reveal further that Apokolips's new allies are the members of the Earth-Two Injustice Society. The heroes split up into teams, composed of one JLA member, one JSA member, and one "New God" each, and speed to various locales to undo the Apokolipsians' evil, only to discover that their ultimate plan is the revival of their late leader, Darkseid.[24] As the heroes take on their respective tasks, Batman, Huntress, and Mr. Miracle invade Darkseid's Imperial Palace, where they uncover his plot to transport Apokolips into the universe of Earth-Two to supplant and thus destroy the homeworld of the Justice Society heroes.[25] In the final battle between Darkseid and Orion (second son of Darkseid, and half brother of Kalibak), Firestorm proves the deciding factor by turning the dark god's "Omega Force" back upon him. It is Metron who truly comes to the rescue, though, by reprogramming the villain's devices so that it is Darkseid, not Earth-Two, which is the target. With the Apokolips leader apparently destroyed, the battle is over, and the JLA and JSA return to their respective worlds.[26]

His remains fished out of Long Island Sound by young Terry Watson, Starro slowly regains his former stature and powers. Transported to a Central Park lake by a mind-controlled Terry and his family, the starfish villain has an accidental encounter with Red Tornado and Wonder Woman, which alerts the other JLA heroes to his presence. In the subsequent battle, Starro is able to create dozens of small duplicates of himself which attach themselves to his victims, including Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Red Tornado, Black Canary, and Firestorm, putting them under his control. By the time the remaining JLA members and the U.S. Navy arrive on the scene, the entire island of Manhattan is under Starro's mental sway.[27] Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Elongated Man, and Zatanna mount a counter-attack on Starro and his mind-slaves armed with Hawkman's repellor-discs. If they fail, the authorities may be forced to destroy New York to prevent the spread of Starro's endlessly replicating duplicates. The problem is solved by two "victims" who escape Starro's control. Red Tornado, whose computer mind is not affected as a human brain would be by Starro's influence, and Zatanna's magic chills the air, disposing of the duplicates across the city.[28]

When the Red Tornado first began his career, he often found himself confused by human emotions. Because of this, he believed he was inferior to humans. He finally learned the truth behind his origins when he was recaptured by Professor T.O. Morrow, His creator who was searching for the reason behind the Tornado's sentience. When the android was disassembled, it released the Tornado Champion and Tornado Tyrant from within the Red Tornado. The Champion approached the League's newest member, Firestorm, and told him the android's secret history. Using his powers of matter-manipulation, Firestorm reassembled Reddy's form and the Champion and Tyrant became re-interred therein.[29]

Firestorm, the JLA and the Justice Society tangle with the Ultra-Humanite, the arch nemesis of the Earth-Two Superman, recreates the rogue team of villains from Earth-One and Earth-Two, Secret Society of Super-Villains (Cheetah, Signalman, Floronic Man, and Killer Frost from Earth-One, and Monocle, Mist, Psycho-Pirate, Rag Doll, and Brainwave from Earth-Two) to destroy the heroes and to cause utter mayhem. Firestorm joins to fight, when he sees a new report about the return of Killer Frost. They engage and Frost wins, taking him to Earth-Two. Through the combined efforts of the JLA and the JSA, they defeat the villainous team.[30]

After the JLA help defeat Killer Frost, Firestorm reveals his alter ego to them.[31] He soon becomes one of New York City’s most well-regarded super-heroes, in addition to helping the JLA out often.[32] He joins the JLA and the JSA on a cross-universe battle with the Crime Syndicate from Earth-Three.[33]

An energy-beam emanating from an undersea crevice causes seaquakes in Atlantis and transforms three surface humans into elemental beings of earth, water, and air. Aquaman summons the aid of fellow Justice League members. Wonder Woman along with Hawkman, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Zatanna, and Elongated Man respond. Discovering the link between the creatures and the seaquakes, the heroes travel together to Atlantis. While there, they battle the sorcerer Daanuth, a survivor of the original Atlantis who seeks to mystically resurrect his ancient homeland. Superman and Firestorm use stellar energy to return the elemental beings to normal, causing Daanuth's powers to ebb, and he disappears into the ancient ruins of Atlantis.[34]

Brainiac and his hordes attack the Earth. Superman calls upon the Justice League and the New Teen Titans to help keep them at bay.[35]

Firestorm, along with the JLA and JSA battle the Crime Champions.[36]

It is days before Barry Allen’s wedding to Fiona Webb.[37] At the Wedding, the Reverse-Flash shows up determined to kill Fiona. Panicked at the thought of losing Fiona as he had lost Iris, Barry miscalculated the force needed to stop him. Grabbing Zoom in a headlock, Barry snapped the villain’s neck, killing him instantly.[38] After the incident, the Flash is teleported aboard the satellite headquarters of the JLA. Based on an obscure bylaw in their charter, the team has come together to decide if the Flash can continue his membership. Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkman vote to expel the Flash from their ranks. The Elongated Man, Green Arrow, and Firestorm, the Nuclear Man vote to allow the Flash to stay, on a probationary basis, until the trial's outcome. With the vote deadlocked, it is up to Superman, who has just arrived, to issue the deciding vote. Superman ponders the matter for several moments.[39] He then votes to keep the Flash on the team at least until the trial.[40]

The following month, Superman discovers that a tree in Africa is a portal to an overpopulated alien world that wants to conquer Earth and Batman was just stranded on this other world when the portal sealed. Superman gathers JLA members, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Red Tornado, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna in the Hawkship to rescue Batman. Elongated Man, Green Lantern and Hawkman stay behind to deal with the Cosmic Tree on Earth. They are joined (for the first time) by the recently formed Outsiders. Eventually Batman is saved but the relationship between he and Superman is tense. Wonder Woman encourages Batman to reconcile, which they finally do. The two old friends clasp hands together, and acknowledge that they're stuck with each other.[41]

Final Days & The Crisis on Infinite Earths

Final Days & The Crisis on Infinite Earths

Justice League Detroit

Main Article: Justice League Detroit

On one notable occasion, the Martian Manhunter is seen rapidly entering the earth’s atmosphere and crashing into the East River off Manhattan. As several JLA members (Aquaman, Black Canary, Elongated Man, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Red Tornado and Zatanna) comes to his aid, he tells them that a squadron of Martian warships hot on his tail with plans to conquer the earth. The Manhunter is eventually able to confront the fleets Marshal in open combat. He defeats the Marshal and is able to convince the remainder of the fleet to agree to a cease-fire. They leave Earth's orbit to return to Mars II. J'onn however, elects to stay behind on earth. In the aftermath of the confrontation, the JLA HQ Satellite is virtually destroyed.[42] With the half Justice League off-world, others badly wounded and the satellite damaged, Aquaman, as a charter member of the League and the only original League member present,[43] addresses the general assembly of the United Nations, announcing that they cannot protect the Earth without complete commitment from all of their members - so he disbands the team![44] Having been off-world, Superman, the Flash and Wonder Woman accepts Aquaman's decision, and gracefully bow out of the new Justice League![45] Aquaman decides to reform the League in a new location and with a few openings in this new League.[46] The new team that rises in their place includes Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, Gypsy, Steel, Vibe, Vixen and Zatanna. Firestorm declines membership. To remain closer to those they’re sworn to protect, they establish new headquarters in a Detroit compound operated by Dale Gunn.[47]

Ronnie Raymond must somehow account for the reason why his graduation exams came in with higher grades than he ever got before, or not be allowed to graduate high school.[48]

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Main article: Crisis on Infinite Earths

It is July, 1985 – Ronnie and Prof. Stein have moved to Pittsburgh. Ronnie is to attend college and the professor has taken a job as the physics instructor at Vandemeer University. As the professor starts his first day, Lyla Michaels leaves the Monitor's satellite transforming into the Harbinger. Her task, to create replicant versions of herself and send them to the various Earths to recruit heroes for the Monitor's crusade. The first of Harbinger's replicants heads to Earth-Two and grabs the Psycho-Pirate. With the Psycho-Pirate in tow, she arrives on Earth-One and lands in Pittsburgh to recruit Firestorm. As she approaches Firestorm, the Psycho-Pirate has an unexpected encounter with Professor Stein that complicates matters.[49] The Harbinger is also there to recruit the new Killer Frost (Louise Lincoln). The Harbinger tasks the Psycho-Pirate to cause Killer Frost to fall in love with her fellow man and with the Earth. The Psycho-Pirate performs this task and also causes Killer Frost to fall in love with her enemy, Firestorm.[50]

Later, on board the Monitor’s satellite, he explains that before a world is destroyed by a wave of antimatter energy, it will experience all sorts of catastrophic events. To combat this, he has established vibrational tuning-forks (to protect the vibrational barriers between pre-Crisis Earths) in crucial eras throughout time, designed to halt the antimatter wall. He requires the heroes to travel to each reality and activate each of the devices. Nobody truly trusts the Monitor, but they realize that they have little choice but to heed his warnings.[51]

On Earth-Two in the time of Camelot, Firestorm and Killer Frost (still under the love thrall of Psycho-Pirate) get help from the Shining Knight to protect the cosmic tuning fork. Vandal Savage (of Earth Two) is nearby, watching as they engage the Shadow Demons. Amazingly, as the three heroes engage in battle, the Shadows merge and form a giant Shadow Demon. This also happens in the other time periods.[52]

When the final five parallel worlds (Earth’s One, Two, Four, S and X) were shunted in the Netherverse that was created by the Monitor, Firestorm finds himself aboard a strange satellite. The heroes have been summoned by Alex Luthor Jr. of Earth-Three, Pariah and Harbinger. This trio has brought together a massive congregation of heroes from Earth-One and Earth-Two – against their will. Together the three explain that a being called the Anti-Monitor is consuming all positive-matter realities, but also explain that in order for things to correct themselves, the Multiverse must be folded back upon itself and become a single universe – the way it was intended, or else all worlds will be destroyed.[53]

A select group of heroes is chosen for a great battle. Among those chosen are Firestorm, the Supermen of Earth-One and Earth-Two, Mon-El, Lady Quark, Captain Atom, Jade, Green Lantern of Earth-2, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, the Ray, Martian Manhunter, Wildfire, the new Dr. Light and Supergirl. They are led by Pariah through the portal between the two universes, that was opened by Alex Luthor, Jr. Soon they come upon the Anti-Monitor's floating stone fortress and a major battle occurs. Supergirl receives a fatal blow and dies in her cousins arms. At that moment, the Anti-Monitor's fortress falls apart and our heroes head back to back to their own universe.[54]

For the most part, the five Earths are for now out of danger. The time distortions have ceased, and the Earths remain linked, if not fully merged. Soon afterward, the worlds receive the news of Super-girl's death and a memorial service is held in Earth-One Chicago. Thousands of people, including Brainiac 5 and many super-heroes attend. Batgirl makes the opening address, praising her friend, while both Lois Lane and Lana Lang oversee their respective broadcasts. Batgirl states that: "Kara is a hero. She will not be forgotten."[55]

Firestorm and Firehawk are contacted by Vixen. She tells them that she has famed robotics expert Professor T.O. Morrow, but is unable to reach the nearest JLA Satellite teleportation station in a timely manner and asks for a ride. Even though the JLA Satellite was nearly destroyed some months ago, it has much valued machinery that is needed now. So, together they bring Morrow to the remains of the Justice League satellite where they hope he can perform repairs upon the robot that he invented -- Red Tornado. They are greeted by the Martian Manhunter and Cyborg. Ray Palmer, the Earth-One Atom is also present (despite him being on hiatus from super-heroics).[56] He is inspecting the Tornado's body from the inside. As Morrow expresses concern that the Torando’s insides are complete different, John Stewart, valiant Green Lantern arrives with the Blue Devil to aid. Suddenly, something deep within the Tornado's bio-system activates and a huge explosion tears through the satellite. Morrow appears to be killed, and the Blue Devil finds himself transported to the Vegan system to deal with the Omega Men.[57] The rest of the heroes are able to escape with a wounded Manhunter.[58] Back at the new JL HQ in Detroit, Firestorm, along with Green Arrow, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, (and Justice League Detroit members) Steel and Vibe are sorting through the debris of their satellite HQ. Firestorm intervenes, in a heated argument with Arrow and Vibe. Meanwhile, Kathy Sutton (Red Toranado’s wife) arrives at home to find Red Tornado reaching out to her through her television. Sutton follows the Red Tornado's trail. Soon the Arrow and Dinah arrive at the Justice League Detroit Headquarters. They are discussing the destruction of Red Tornado and the impossibility of putting him back together again. Firestorm interjects and tells the Leaguers present that Red Tornado’s body was inhabited by a sentient Tornado Spirit, so he may not be completely gone.[59] As they discuss, they are contacted by Elongated Man, who is at the S.T.A.R. Labs Weather Research Center along with Zatanna. They tell them that something, perhaps the Anti-Monitor has taken over three weather satellites resulting in aberrant, and dangerous, weather patterns throughout the world. The Arrow and Canary, along with Firestorm, Batman, Black Lightning and Geo-Force use their radar to seek out the epicenter/warp of what may be controlling the satellites. As they arrive, the rain is out of control. They spot a woman on a bridge in the rain. It’s Kathy Sutton. After consultation with Kathy, our heroes deduce the Red Tornado’s mind has occupied the three weather control satellites. The Martian Manhunter, and Superman destroy the three weather satellites. Sutton amazingly is able to convince the Red Tornado to resume a more human form. Superman flash freezes the Red Tornado, with his super-breath. Firestorm, imprisons the Red Tornado, in a steel block. The Red Tornado bursts free, growing, once more, to gigantic size. Believing Sutton has betrayed him, the Red Tornado renounces all ties to humanity. The Red Tornado taunts the JLA by saying that that they may be able to save the world from the Anti-Monitor, but warns that a reckoning will be forthcoming. He then vanishes into he sky.[60]

On Earth-X, Batman and Robin, the Atom from Earth-Two fight up against Calendar Man while the Outsiders and Infinity, Inc. take on the Dummy. Hawkwoman and Tin fight Lightning Lord, while Firestorm and Vixen fight against Captain Cold and Icicle. Green Arrow of Earth-Two assists Changeling and Mento in combating the Shaggy Man.[61]

The Harbinger begins to appear to various heroes and teleports them away. Elsewhere, on this new earth, many heroes still battle the Shadow Demons. Harbinger brings her gathered to Qward, to confront the Anti-Monitor. The Supermen of Earth One and Two, Power Girl, Martian Manhunter, Kid Flash, Dr. Light, Captain Atom, Lady Quark, Firestorm, Firehawk, Captain Marvel, both Wonder Women, and other heroes are on hand for what seems like a final battle. Harbinger explains to the new Dr. Light the reason the Monitor created her and it was for this time. Dr. Light absorbs the energy of one of the binary suns that the Anti-Monitor is drawing power from. Alex Luthor begins to drain the antimatter energy away from the Anti-Monitor. The Negative Woman, using her radioactive power seeks touch the Anti-Monitor while the other heroes engage in a frontal assault. He falls to a nearby planetoid seemingly killed and our heroes cheer. Just then Wonder Woman of Earth-One is struck with a flash of power from the Anti-Monitor and appears to disintegrate. This devastates our heroes. Superman of Earth-Two knocks Superman of Earth-One out and directs the rest of the heroes retreat through the portal. Superman of Earth-Two, Superboy from Earth-Prime and Alex Luthor stay behind and deliver the final blows, destroying the Anit-monitor.[62]

Meanwhile, the Harbinger has been gathering heroes for one last heroic confrontation on the planet of Qward (a planet located at the very center of the antimatter universe). The Supermen of Earth One and Two, Power Girl, ‘Martian Manhunter’, Kid Flash, new Dr. Light, Captain Atom, Lady Quark, Firestorm, Firehawk, Captain Marvel, both Wonder Women, Negative Woman, Superboy-Prime and other heroes are on hand. As they arrive, the Kid Flash sees an image of the Flash—the last one Barry cast before his death. Wally follows the after-image to where an insane Psycho-Pirate clutches at an empty uniform. Kid Flash knocks him out and Lady Quark finds his ring. Pariah senses evil and the Anti-Monitor appears. Our heroes strike at the Anti-Monitor. He falls back to a nearby planetoid seemingly killed and our heroes cheer. The heroes retreat through the portal that a weakened Alex Luthor, Jr. is trying to keep open. As they begin to disappear, the Anti-Monitor strikes at the Wonder Woman of Earth-One and she appears to disintegrate. The elder Superman of Earth-Two, believing he has the least to lose (no world and no wife to return to), confronts the evil Monitor head-on. Superboy of Earth-Prime decides to stay and comes to Superman’s aid. Alex warns that the he has very little power left to keep the portal open. This is the last Firestorm sees of the Earth-Two Superman, Superboy-Prime and Alex.[63]

Firestorm, Ronald Raymond, and Professor Stein, awaken to a new reality, with no memory of the Crisis.


Split Personalities

Martin Stein

Martin Stein
Professor Stein (09x01 - The Seeds of Doom)

On the parallel-universe of Earth-1A, Martin Stein is a college professor at Fairmont University. He was also the inventor of his greatest creation to date, the Omnicaster (which can broadcast a signal over the entire planet).

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Professor Martin Stein was a physics professor at Hudson University and eventually moved to the field of atomic research. He was a credited with the creation of the Hudson power plant and being a Nobel Prize winning physicist. Before moving to Pittsburg PA,[64] he lived in an apartment in Astoria, a neighborhood in Queens, New York.[65] It is while living here, he met young Ronnie Raymond, whom he called ‘Ronald’. As fate would have, as Ronnie was in the professor’s lab at Hudson Nuclear Power Plant, they were attacked by Eddie Earhart. After knocking the professor out, Ronnie attempted to stop Eddie, but was knocked out as well. When Ronnie came to, he discovered that the lab had wired several pounds explosive inside the reactor. He grabbed the unconscious Stein and attempted to drag him out of the building, but they were consumed in the explosion. Both men were consumed by the brilliant burst of radiation. The excess power fused Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein into a single composite being – Firestorm. The professor, only in Ronnie’s mind; provides wisdom and guidance.[66]

When separated, Stein had no conscious memory of his activities as Firestorm, only periods of blackouts. This led to feelings of guilt and his descent into alcoholism.[67]

Ronnie Raymond

Ronnie Raymond
Ronnie Raymond (08x01a - The Bride of Darkseid, Part One)

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Ronnie Rockwell was born in New York City, the son of Edward and Elaine Rockwell. His family had to change their last name to 'Raymond', when Ronnie was a young boy after his father testified against a known gangster. When Ronnie was a sophomore in high school, the Raymonds relocated to Manhattan Island where he began attending school at Bradley High. He met Doreen Day when he joined the radical protester, Eddie Earhart, whose terrorist group planned to sabotage of the Hudson facility, where Professor Stein worked. It was the resulting explosion that merged their two selves as one, becoming the new hero, Firestorm.[68]

After the accident that created him, Ronnie and the professor soon became friends. He soon took to defending New York. Ronnie eventually graduated from high school and entered college in Pittsburgh, where Stein had been hired as a professor.


The Firestorm Matrix


Powers

Firestorm Matrix (09x01 - The Seeds of Doom)

This power was exclusive to inert material and could not successfully affect living biological mass. Any attempt to molecularly alter the characteristics of a living entity would result in a massive biofeedback of energy.

  • Flight: Through an act of will, Firestorm can fly without the aid of wings or artificial enhancements. He can fly beyond the outer reaches of Earth’s atmosphere and can travel to the moon with little impediment. He can survive in outer space without equipment.
  • Density Control: Firestorm could alter the density of his body making him insubstantial enough that he can phase through solid objects.
  • Energy Absorption: Firestorm could absorb energy into his body and convert it into atomic power.
  • Energy Projection: Firestorm could absorb and project nuclear radiation and emit it as offensive blasts of energy.


SuperFriends Team Members

Members of the Justice League of America

Aquaman (founding member) • Batman (founding member) • Superman (founding member) • Flash (founding member)
Green Lantern (founding member) • Martian Manhunter (founding member) • Wonder Woman (founding member)

Comic Book JLA Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed TornadoZatanna Zatara
Phantom Stranger (part-time Leaguer) • Sargon, The Sorcerer (honorary Leaguer)

Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelSupergirlGreen FuryPlastic ManAtomGreen Arrow

SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquaman
HawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan

Other Known SuperFriends Members:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoRima

Junior SuperFriends:
RobinCyborgFirestorm
ZanJayna
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris

Mascots:
GleekWonder Dog


Episode Appearances


Notes

  • Firestorm first appeared in Firestorm, #1 (March 1978).
  • He was created by writer Gerry Conway and artist Al Milgrom.
  • In 1984, Firestorm appeared for the first time outside of a comic book, since his creation in 1978, on ABC's SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.
  • The crew responsible for the first series depicted the flames on Firestorm's head as a static, fire-shaped ornament. The second series' authors made another change, transforming the hair into a waved haircut.


External Links


References

  1. He is revealed to be a Junior SuperFriend along with Robin in the Season 8, episode 4a: The Case of the Shrinking Superfriends (October 1, 1984).
  2. As revealed in Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, #1 (March 1978); #5 (November, 1978); Flash #297/2 (May 1981); #298/2 (June 1981); Fury of Firestorm, #14 (July 1983); #15 (August 1983); #16 (September 1983); #17 (October 1983); #18 (November 1983); Fury of Firestorm Annual, #1 (1983); and Fury of Firestorm, #22 (April 1984) [flashback].
  3. As revealed in Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, #4 (September 1978); #5 (November, 1978); Flash, #291/2 (November 1980); #292/2 (December 1980); #301/2 (September 1981); #302/2 (October 1981); #303/2 (November 1981); Fury of Firestorm, #11 (April 1983); #12 (May 1983); and #13 (June 1983).
  4. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #10 (March 1983); #11 (April 1983); and #12 (May 1983).
  5. As revealed in Flash, #293/2 (January 1981).
  6. As revealed in Flash, #294/2 (February 1981); #295/2 (March 1981); #296/2 (April 1981); Fury of Firestorm, #8 (January 1983); and #9 (February 1983).
  7. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #25 (July, 1984).
  8. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #1 (June 1982); #2 (July 1982); #3 (August 1982); #25 (July, 1984); Fury of Firestorm Annual, #2 (1984); Fury of Firestorm #26 (August 1984); and #27 (September 1984).
  9. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #7 (December 1982); and #36 (June 1985).
  10. As revealed in Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, #3 (June 1978); DC Comics Presents, #17 (January 1980); Fury of Firestorm, #20 (February 1984); and #21 (March 1984).
  11. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #21 (March 1984); #33 (March 1985); #34 (April 1985); and #35 (May 1985).
  12. Ronnie still being in High School is confirmed in the Season 8, episode 4b: The Mask of Mystery (October 1, 1984). Which HS or its location in never revealed.
  13. As revealed in the Season 8, episode 1a: The Bride of Darkseid (Part One) (September, 8 1984).
  14. As revealed in the Season 8, episode 1a: The Bride of Darkseid (Part One) (September, 8 1984).
  15. As revealed in the Season 8, episode 1a: The Bride of Darkseid (Part One) (September, 8 1984).
  16. As revealed in the Season 8, episode 1b: The Bride of Darkseid (Part Two) (September, 8 1984).
  17. As revealed in the Season 9, episode 1: The Seeds of Doom (September 7, 1985).
  18. Earth-One origin revealed in Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, #1 (March 1978) and The Fury of Firestorm, #22 (April 1984).
  19. As revealed in Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, #2 (April 1978).
  20. As revealed in DC Comics Presents, #17 (January 1980).
  21. As revealed in DC Comics Presents, #17 (January 1980).
  22. As revealed in Justice League of America, #179 (June 1980). NOTE: The creators present his induction in such a way, having readers believe that Firestorm heralded a "new world" for the JLA.
  23. As revealed in Flash, #289/2 (September 1980) and #290/2 (October 1980).
  24. As revealed in Justice League of America, #183 (October 1980).
  25. As revealed in Justice League of America, #184 (November 1980).
  26. As revealed in Justice League of America, #185 (December 1980).
  27. As revealed in Justice League of America, #189 (April 1981).
  28. As revealed in Justice League of America, #190 (May 1981).
  29. As revealed in Justice League of America, #192 (July 1981) and #193 (August 1981).
  30. As revealed in Justice League of America #195 (October 1981); #196 (November 1981); #197 (December 1981).
  31. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #4 (September 1982).
  32. As revealed in Justice League of America, #200 (March 1982); DC Comics Presents, #45 (May 1982); Justice League of America, #202 (May 1982); Fury of Firestorm, #1 (June 1982); #2 (July 1982); Justice League of America, #203 (June 1982); #204 (July 1982); #205 (August 1982); World's Finest Comics, #281 (July 1982); Fury of Firestorm, #3 (August 1982); #4 (September 1982); #5 (October 1982); #6 (November 1982); Wonder Woman, #300 (February 1983); Justice League of America Annual, #1 (1983); Flash, #329 (January 1984); Justice League of America, #221 (December 1983); #222 (January 1984); #223 (February 1984); World's Finest Comics, #300 (February 1984); #30‎2 (April 1984); Justice League of America, #224 (March 1984); Saga of the Swamp Thing, #24 (May 1984).
  33. As revealed in Justice League of America, #207 (October 1982); All-Star Squadron, #14 (October 1982); Justice League of America, #208 (November 1982); All-Star Squadron, #15 (November 1982); and Justice League of America, #209 (December 1982).
  34. As revealed in Justice League of America, #217 (August 1983).
  35. As revealed in Action Comics, #546 (August 1983).
  36. As revealed in Justice League of America, #219 (October 1983) and #220 (November 1983).
  37. As revealed in The Flash, #323 (July 1983).
  38. As revealed in The Flash, #324 (August 1983).
  39. As revealed in The Flash, #327 (November 1983).
  40. As revealed in The Flash, #329 (January 1984).
  41. As revealed in World's Finest Comics, #300 (February 1984).
  42. This ‘Earth-Mars Conflict’ is revealed in Justice League of America, #228 (July 1984) - #230 (September 1984).
  43. The reason that Aquaman is the only original Leaguer present when he disbanded the JLA is because Batman is now with the Outsiders, the Green Lantern has turned in his ring to the Guardians in the wake of the Satellite’s destruction, wanting to marry Carol Ferris. This story is revealed in Green Lantern, #181 (October 1984). The Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman are on Earth-Two, having left before Martian Manhunter’s arrival. This story is revealed in Justice League of America, #231 (October 1984).
  44. As revealed in Justice League of America Annual, #2 (October, 1984).
  45. As revealed in Justice League of America, #239 (June 1985).
  46. As revealed in Justice League of America, #232 (November 1984).
  47. As revealed in Justice League of America Annual, #2 (October, 1984).
  48. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #40 (October 1985).
  49. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #41 (November 1985).
  50. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #1 (April, 1985).
  51. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #2 (May, 1985).
  52. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #4 (July, 1985).
  53. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #5 (August, 1985).
  54. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #7 (October, 1985).
  55. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #7 (October, 1985).
  56. Ray Palmer’s desire to step down from crime-fighting is chronicled in a four-part limited series called: ‘Sword of the Atom’ which ran from September – December 1983 and the first two issues of ‘Sword of the Atom Special’ issues #1 (March, 1984) and #2 (1985).
  57. For background on the Omega Men see: Omega Men, #31 (October, 1985). To see how the Blue Devil gets out of this situation see: Blue Devil, #18 (November, 1985).
  58. The above adventure revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #8 (November, 1985).
  59. Firestorm’s knowledge of Ref Tornadoes cohabitation wass revealed to him by Red tornado himself. See: Justice League of America, #192 (July 1981) and #193 (August 1981).
  60. As revealed in Justice League of America Annual, #3 (1985).
  61. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #10 (January, 1986).
  62. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #12 (March, 1986).
  63. As revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, #12 (March, 1986).
  64. As revealed in Fury of Firestorm, #41 (November 1985).
  65. As revealed in Flash, #289/2 (September 1980).
  66. Earth-One origin revealed in Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, #1 (March 1978) and The Fury of Firestorm, #22 (April 1984).
  67. As revealed in DC Comics Presents, #17 (January 1980).
  68. Earth-One origin revealed in Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, #1 (March 1978); The Fury of Firestorm, #22 (April 1984) and Flash Vol. 1 #289/2 (September 1980).
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