Great Moments in Comics History: The Fury of Firestorm #19

Rock beats scissors.

Scissors beats paper.

Paper beats rock.

Science beats switch blades.

Nothing beats Street Toughs.


  1. I’m sure going at the dude with flaming hair with a switch blade seemed like a good idea.

  2. Damn they really wanted that phone book

  3. "This phone book might not be much but it’s all we got!"

  4. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    This is such a strange layout for the page. What’s with the massive amount of blank space in the bottom left corner? And why is Louis Anderson and a cowboy standing behind Firestorm in panel four? So many questions, really.

  5. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    He takes out the other two hoods with a giant toadstool and a clam. 

  6. @Paul: I think it would be fitting if he turned them into sheep.

  7. At least now Biff can use that phone book to call…THE FASHION POLICE!

  8. Those are some DUMB crooks.

    "Hey bill, should we go after the old lady or the man with fire coming out of his head?"

    "…..The guy with the fire. He seems like an easy target."

  9. Ahh, the 80’s, where ethnically questionable street toughs were colored grey….and people still used phonebooks.


     "Oh Hoss, your sense of humor is the only reason we keep yo cowboy ass around"

  11. finbarbat – No joke – why are they grey? At first I thought "Why is Grey Hulk in this?" I can’t imagine that the 80s were so PC that they couldn’t just make them a minority already!

  12. For someone who can mess around with atoms, why can’t he make a cooler costume?

  13. See, Firestorm actual deserves to be stab for that

  14. I love the letterbox stating the story continues on the 2nd page following. Exactly who did they make these for? Did kids back then thought the story just ended there? No one knew what an ad was back then?


  15. ‘Get it, snuff his fire?’

    Er, no, actually. 

  16. once the street tough understands that what happened to his ‘duds’ is easily explained by ‘atomic restructuring’.. well.. he’s cool with that. no dramas. as long he knows what he did to his duds.

  17. @JeffR It’s because Gene Colan drew it, and Gene Colan can do whatever the hell Gene Colan wants to do.

  18. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Jesse1125 – Looking now, the next page is actually a TSR Hobbies ad for Star Frontiers and it’s in comic format. It’d take you less than a second to realize it was an ad, but that’s why they included the notice. 

  19. @Paul> that explains it. I thought they stopped doing that in the silver age. Hate when a comic ad interupts my comic ;0)

  20. I seem to recall that little text box occuring pretty regularly back in the 70s and 80s – no matter what the ad was.  Perhaps it was leftover from when there were a bunch of shorter stories all in the same issue?

  21. Wow, firestorm is magic.

  22. I love how jaded the punks were in the 80’s.  "That’s clearly a dude with his head on fire, and he’s not bothered by it."  Most people would see that and say "he’s a super-hero," or even "I know that guy from the Super Powers cartoon," or even "his head is on fire, and he’s okay with it, therefore he’s probably at least as badass as anyone I know."  In the 80’s, in the DC universe, they said, "I’m going to screw with him anyway."  That’s some serious balls.

    I bet that thug grew up to be either a super-villain or a kindergarden teacher.  Or both. 

  23. Potentially dumb question, but why did Firestorm need the phone book in the first place? Did he have a hard time seeing over the dashboard of the Firestorm-mobile?

  24. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @coltrane66 – He needs it to find the address of the Ollins Medical Labs in order to investigate Goldenrod, the plant man. As he flies off, he unknowingly drops the phonebook on a pair of lovers groping on a rooftop, "ruining their tryst."