Puma

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Attributes
Eyes:

Green

Features:

In his Puma identity, he has a scar over his right eye.

Hair:

Black (red when transformed into Puma)

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

240 lbs

Powers
Abilities:

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.

Limitations:

Puma is bound by a sense of honor that only he understands.

Powers:

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.

Strength Level:

In his Puma form, he is stronger than Spider-Man.

Summary
Citizenship:

U.S.

Created By:

Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Josef Rubinstein

Current Occupation:

C.O.E. of Fireheart Enterprises and occasional mercenary and assassin

Dual Identity:

His identity as Puma is secret from the authorities, although known to his tribe, Nocturne and Spider-Man

Education:

Post graduate; Fireheart has a Masters degree in Business Administration

Former Groups:

The Outlaws

Known Allies:

The Rose. Silver Sable. The "Outlaws:" Sand-Man, Rocket Racer, the Prowler. His tribeman Portal may be considered an ally until proven otherwise.

Known Confidants:

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)

Known Relatives:

His uncle, the tribe's Shaman

Legal Status:

No criminal record

Major Enemies:

Spider-Man. The Beyonder. The Black Cat. The Black Crow may be.

Marital Status:

Single

Place of Birth:

Near Hartsdale, New Mexico

Real Name:

Thomas Fireheart

Usual Bases:

Fireheart has multiple bases through-out the world, including New York City, Tokyo, New Mexico, and France.

Background

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.

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Appearances

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

Thanks To

 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.