Puma (02 - Thomas Fireheart)
Real Name: Thomas Fireheart
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Fireheart transforms physically into Puma through intense concentration, gaining height and mass while covering his body in a fine tan fur with rusty red hair, providing perfect camouflage for the desert habitat. Puma possesses superhuman strength (capable of lifting 12 tons), speed, endurance, agility (able to leap 35 feet), coordination, healing, and extraordinary senses. His sense of smell is so great he can locate an individual from miles away. His sight enables him to see great distances and beyond the normal “visible” spectrum — even into mystical realms. His nails grow into short claws (which he has tipped with poison on occasion).
Thomas Fireheart is a wealthy Native American businessman, but Thomas has a hidden side to him and the rest of the world. His New Mexico, Indian tribe began a secret program that combined mysticism with controlled breeding in an effort to bring about one perfect warrior to act as their protector. This warrior was called Puma. Puma was a mercenary-for-hire, and the Rose had employed him to assassinate Spider-Man. Puma may have actually succeeded if not for the intervention of the Black Cat. Since then, Puma and Spider-Man have fought many times, and Puma has even fought the Beyonder.
Puma had attacked Spider-Man, believing false charges that Spider-Man was a thief. In order to pay off his debt of honor, Fireheart purchased the Daily Bugle just to improve Spider-Man's public perception. Eventually, the Bugle was sold back to J. Jonah Jameson.
Recently during the superhero "Civil War", Puma registered with the government alongside Black Cat, whom with he is in a relationship.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #256
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
L'Uomo Ragno (1987)
#48 Marvel Age (1983)
- 'Attento agli artigli del Puma!'
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
#44 Marvel Divas (2009)
- 'Blood Craze!/Wipeout/Trashed!/...And Not a Drop to Drink!'
#1 Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
- 'Bad News on a Good Day'#2
- 'A Second Opinion'#3
- 'A Night to Remember'#4
#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- '1989 The Year in Review'
Punisher War Journal (2007)
#4 Secret Wars II (1985)
- 'Small Wake For a Tall Man'
#1 Spider-Man and Zoids (1986)
- 'Chaos auf Ryker's Island'
#1#2 Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
- 'Funeral on Zoidstar'#3
- 'Krark Attack!'#5
- 'Red Reason, Blue Murder'#7
- 'Out on a Limb'#9
- 'Suicide Gambit'
Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11 (2007)
#1 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Mistaken for Happiness, or: "The Team"'#2
- 'Prevenge, or: "The Plan"'#3
- 'Where the Money Is, or: "The Job"'#4
- 'Death From Virtue, or "The Getaway"'#5
- 'How Not To Be Good, or "The Payoff"'
TPB The Astonishing Spider-Man (2007)
- 'The Saga of the Alien Costume'#256
- 'Introducing... Puma!'#257
- 'Beware the Claws of Puma!'#258
- 'The Sinister Secret Of Spider-Man's New Costume!'#272
- 'Make Way For Slyde!'#272 (Newstand)
- 'Make Way For Slyde!'#273
- 'To Challenge The Beyonder!'#274
- 'Lo, There Shall Come A Champion!'#326
- 'Gravity Storm'#395
- 'Back From The Edge, Part 1: Outcasts!'
#46 The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
- 'The War At Home!'#47
- 'Shocking Revelation! Spider-Man... Unmasked!'#48
- 'The Deadly Foes Of... Peter Parker!'
#59 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Spider-Man versus the deadliest foes!'
#304 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- '...Yearning to Breathe Free!'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Rampaging Hulk (1998)
The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
#26 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'Feral: Part 4: The Beasts Within'#27
- 'Feral: Part 5: The Rock of Life'#29
- 'The Deadly Foes of Peter Parker: Part 1'#33
- 'Nothing Can Stop The Rhino'
Annual 07 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'The Honeymoon'#111
- '...And Then the Gods Cried.'#151
- 'The Search for Robbie Robertson'#157
- 'The Carrion Cure'#166
- 'The Deadly Lads From Liverpool'#167
- 'A Misty Kind of Memory'#168
- 'Sleeping Dogs'#169
- 'The Outlaw Trail'#170
- 'The Final Calculation'#171
- 'Savage Showdown'#191
- 'Part One The Valley'#192
- 'Part Two: The Summit'#193
- 'Part Three: Over the Edge'#218
- 'Back From The Edge, Part 2: When Monsters Roam!'
#50 Wolverine (1988)
- '1,000 Words'#58
- 'With Great Power'#60
- 'The Harder They Fall'#65
- 'The Last Act of Vengeance'
- 'Blood Sport, 1 of 3'#168
- 'Blood Sport, 2 of 3'
Video Game Appearances:
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Daily Bugle (Marvel)
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