In his Puma identity, he has a scar over his right eye.
Black (red when transformed into Puma)
Fireheart is an extraordinarily capable financial manager with a genius level IQ. He also spent some years in Japan training in the martial arts, and has above-average tracking skills.
Puma is bound by a sense of honor that only he understands.
Puma has above-human senses; he can, for instance, see auras. Since he transforms into the Puma through concentration, he may be considered to have some mental abilities beyond the norm. Puma's powers are from years of genetic engineering, although given his uncle's status some mysticism may be involved. When he faced the Beyonder he briefly had cosmic powers beyond understanding. How he was able to tap into the universal energies needed to confront the Beyonder, and if he would be able to do so again, is unclear; his uncle called Thomas the chosen champion of Death, so it may have been through Death's intervention that Fireheart was able to do harness the needed cosmic energies the first time.
In his Puma form, he is stronger than Spider-Man.
C.O.E. of Fireheart Enterprises and occasional mercenary and assassin
His identity as Puma is secret from the authorities, although known to his tribe, Nocturne and Spider-Man
Post graduate; Fireheart has a Masters degree in Business Administration
The Rose. Silver Sable. The "Outlaws:" Sand-Man, Rocket Racer, the Prowler. His tribeman Portal may be considered an ally until proven otherwise.
His uncle, his late ninja master Muramoto, Spider-Man, Mary-Jane Watson, Nocturne (although whether he even remembers her after being restored to human form is a question)
His uncle, the tribe's Shaman
No criminal record
Spider-Man. The Beyonder. The Black Cat. The Black Crow may be.
|Place of Birth:||
Near Hartsdale, New Mexico
Fireheart has multiple bases through-out the world, including New York City, Tokyo, New Mexico, and France.
Thomas Fireheart is the result of years of genetic engineering performed by his Native American tribe. Fireheart can transform into Puma, a half-mountain-lion being with senses far more acute than that of a normal human. He is the traditional protector of his New Mexican tribe, although Fireheart himself often questions the traditional rituals that his uncle, the tribe's Shaman, espouses.
In his Puma identity, Fireheart is an internationally known professional assassin and mercenary who sells his unique skills to the likes of the Rose and the Kingpin. As the C.O.E. of Fireheart Enterprises, he is also internationally known in his civilian identity.
Puma first crossed the path of Spider-Man when he was hired by the Rose to "remove" the Web-Slinger. The Rose later changed his mind, so the continued existence of Spider-Man is not considered a blight on Puma's professional record. Puma sought Spidey's help when he discovered that he was destined to fight the Beyonder. Spider- Man refused, making Puma doubt himself and, eventually, fail in his quest against the Beyonder.
Puma publicly confronted Spider-Man over a story in the Daily Bugle that made it seem as if Spidey was a thief. When the story turned out to be false, Puma felt as if he had lost face and was now honor-bound to clear Spidey's name. To this end (and much to Spidey's annoyance), he purchased the Daily Bugle from J. Jonah Jameson. He began a campaign of positive promotion which was largely responsible for the public perception of Spidey as a hero.
Puma's animal side became dominant after contact with the Black Crow. He was seriously wounded in a fire fight with the New York City Police, but nursed by to health by Nocturne, who was eventually able to restore his human psyche.
Fireheart recently returned to action as the Puma after Dr Vincent Stegron used a mystical gem from the arctic to bring out the animal nature of New York City's residents. He was in the middle of a board meeting when he began his transformation into the Puma against his will (as had happened to other "animal" enities, such as Lizard,Vulture and Vermin). Only gaining control of his rage after killing a street dog, he used his superhuman senses to follow the source of the disturbance. This led him to cross paths with the Black Cat, who also had been feeling dangerously agressive, an effect of the gem.
They eventually found Stegron, who was in the process of transforming new York into a prehistoric jungle populated by dinosaurs and giant insects. As Spidey battled Stegron, Puma and Black Cat concentrated on containing the rampaging animals. After Stegron's defeat, Thomas and Felcia have begun a relationship (ironic to me, as the first time they met, they battled for Spidey's life). They became something like a team, and Fireheart stood guard as Cat persuaded a drunken Rhino that he didnt have to be a criminal.
|Cover Date||Appearance Information|
|Date TBD||App: Rampaging Hulk (Vol. 2) #6|
|Sep 1984||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #256|
|Origin. Partnership with the Rose. First meets Spidey.|
|Oct 1984||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #257|
|Nov 1984||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #258|
|Jan 1986||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #272|
|Feb 1986||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #273|
|Feb 1986||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #111|
|Confronts the Beyonder|
|Mar 1986||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #274|
|Year 1987||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) Annual #7|
|Follows Peter and MJ on their honeymoon; offers Peter a job, but is turned down.|
|May 1989||App: Web of Spider-Man #50|
|Jun 1989||App: Avengers (Vol. 1) #304|
|Jun 1989||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #151|
|Sep 1989||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #154|
|Nov 1989||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #156|
|Buys the Daily Bugle|
|Nov 1989||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #157|
|Dec 1989||App: Web of Spider-Man #58|
|Dec 1989||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #326|
|Dec 1989||App: Web of Spider-Man #59|
|Jan 1990||App: Web of Spider-Man #60|
|Feb 1990||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #161|
|Apr 1990||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #163|
|Jun 1990||App: Web of Spider-Man #65|
|Jul 1990||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #166|
|Aug 1990||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #167|
|Sep 1990||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #168|
|Oct 1990||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #169|
|Joins the Outlaws to help Spidey against the Avengers|
|Nov 1990||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #170|
|Dec 1990||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #171|
|Sells Daily Bugle; has a major battle with Spider-Man in the New Mexican desert|
|Jan 1991||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #172|
|Mar 1990||App: Marvel Comics Presents #44 (Story 1)|
|Aug 1992||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #191|
|After contact with The Black Crow, Fireheart's Puma identity takes over|
|Sep 1992||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #192|
|Oct 1992||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #193|
|Nov 1994||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #395|
|Nov 1994||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #218|
|Fireheart's personae is restored by Nocturne, but what he does and doesn't remember is unclear.|
|Feb 1997||App: Spider-Man Unlimited #15|
|Mar 2007||App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #34|
The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.
Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.