Special Sub-Topic: The Proud Puma
|What is the Puma's real name?|
Thomas Fireheart. Thomas Fireheart is a Native American whose tribe tells of a great evil coming upon Earth. To prepare, selective breeding has taken place over many years to produce the perfect warrior, who turned out to be Thomas Fireheart.
|Puma is of Native American descent. Where is his tribe located?|
Arizona. Thomas Fireheart's as-yet-unnamed tribe is from Hartsdale, Arizona. Arizona's capital is Phoenix, and its state bird is the cactus wren.
|Fireheart can transform into a powerful werecat, but he also trained in martial arts while in Japan.|
T. Learning under a man known as Muramoto, Thomas Fireheart added a mastery of martial arts to his already impressive fighting skills. This makes him an even more formidable adversary!
|Why did Fireheart become a mercenary?|
He was bored. Fireheart is also a powerful CEO, but he became bored with the business world and decided to hire himself out as a mercenary. It was during this time that he came into contact with Spider-Man.
|Puma originally appeared in 1983.|
F. Puma appeared in the two-hundred and fifty-sixth issue of "The Amazing Spider-Man". This issue went on sale in September of 1984.
|Who hired Puma to kill Spider-Man?|
The Rose. The Rose is actually Richard Fisk, son of the Kingpin. He first appeared in 1970. While attending college in Switzerland, he learned that his father was actually a criminal, and became distraught.
|Puma knows Spider-Man's identity.|
T. Thanks to his enhanced senses, Puma was able to deduce that Spider-Man and Peter Parker are one and the same. Puma's sense of honor kept him from divulging this secret, and the knowledge has since been removed from his mind.
|Puma was once Spider-Man's boss.|
T. This is actually true. Puma once bought the majority of Daily Bugle stock, making him the largest shareholder in the company. He began to promote Spider-Man as a hero, undoing J. Jonah Jameson's attempts to paint the webslinger as a dangerous threat. He later sold it all back to Jameson for one dollar.
|Puma felt that he owed Spider-Man a debt of honor. Where did they journey to?|
New Mexico. Puma and Spider-Man went on a vision quest to New Mexico. I bet they got really hot in their costumes!
|Puma won the Bloodsport competition.|
F. Puma reached the semi-finals, but was then defeated by Wolverine. These events took place in the second volume of "Wolverine".
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