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Angelica Jones is the mutant known as Firestar in the world of Marvel Comics. She is not the most popular of characters. Some would even go as far as to say she is a pretty generic character.
However, but does not mean there aren't cool things about Firestar nor anything interesting about the character to talk about. For comic fans, it's always nice knowing as much as possible.
For those who are speculating or investing in comics, it's crucial to know as much as you can. Besides, if she were to ever enter the MCU, you can be sure that more people are going to be interested in learning about Angelica Jones as Firestar.
Not to say that this hub is targeted towards comic speculation or anything either. It's just for a bit of fun, and comics should be fun. With that said, let's get into some fun yet informative facts about this character.
1st Appeared on the Cartoon Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends
This is true. Like DC's Harley Quinn and another Marvel character by the name of X-23, the character of Firestar was actually created for an animated cartoon. That cartoon was Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends that originally ran from 1981 to 1983 on NBC.
The cartoon starred Peter Parker, Bobby Drake and Angelica Jones. They were all college students a Empire University. Bobby Drake is actually a character from the X-Men comics known as Ice Man.
Angelica Jones was not from the actual comics and was created for the cartoon by Dennis Marks, Dan Spiegle, Christy Marx, John Romita Sr., and Rick Hoberg. Kathy Garver voiced the character.
Her 1st Comic Book Appearance is in this One-Shot Comic Book
This one-shot comic was Angelica Jones' comic book debut as Firestar. However, the comic and story is not in Marvel's mainstream continuity.
The issue basically adapts the episode of "The Triumph of the Green Goblin" into comic book format. The animated episode aired September 12th, 1981.
This comic book one-shot has the cover date of December, 1981, but may have hit the newsstands before the actual episode aired. The on sale date for the comic book is recorded in the Amazing Heroes issue #4 as being September 1st, while the 194th issue of Comic Reader lists the on sale date of September 15th.
She Originally Was Going to Be Called Heatwave
Legendary comic artist, John Romita Sr., designed the character of Angelica Jones, and she does look awfully like Mary Jane Watson from the Spider-Man comics. However, she was originally going to be called Heatwave instead.
Now, this might of changed because there is a DC Comics villain by the same name. It's not clear why the name was later changed to Firestar, because she apparently had the names of Starblaze and Firefly during pre-production.
Then again, there are rumors that the show originally wanted the Human Torch but the rights were tied up. However, some sources say that the character of Firestar (not named that then) was part of the original pitch for the cartoon series.
Firestar's 1st In-Continuity Appearance is in an X-Men Comic
Quite strange because the character of Firestar in Marvel's mainstream continuity was never an X-Men during her recent years. Actually, it wasn't until much later and recently did she ever become an X-Man or X-Woman.
The character is a mutant, however. In the cartoon show, it was revealed that she was a member of the X-Men prior, but that X-Men membership did not carry over into the actual comics for a long, long time.
It would be around 30 years for the character of Firestar to become an X-Men in Marvel's mainstream continuity. The comic series that sees Angelica join the X-Men is the 2nd volume or 2013 Amazing X-Men comic series. She would be seen joining the iconic mutant team in issue #1 of that comic series, and she would be a teacher at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning.
However, the character's in-continuity debut in comics is in Uncanny X-Men #193, cover dated May, 1985. In that issue, she joins Thunderbird and the Hellions in an attack against the X-Men.
This was, of course, was Thunderbird's idea, since Jimmy Proudstar took the mantle and blamed Xavier and the X-Men for his brother's death in X-Men #95. He had planned to attack and get revenge on the X-Men by his lonesome, but his Hellion comrades invited themselves to the party.
Firestar was supposedly kept from the Hellions by Emma Frost (revealed in Firestar mini-series) but joined them because she was under the influence of Empath. Rest is history and Firestar debuted in Marvel's mainstream continuity.
An origin was due, no?
Her Comic Origin is Different Than Her Cartoon Origin
In Marvel Comics continuity, Firestar got her very 1st self-titled comic series back in 1986. The four issue limited series actually details her origin and it was a bit different than her origin in the actual cartoon.
Firestar's origin in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode is called "A Firestar is Born", and this dealt with Angelica Jones and her high-school bully named Bonnie. Apparently, Bonnie and her boyfriend framed Angelica, and she was suspended.
It was then that Angelica became Firestar for the first time and found proof that Bonnie had set her up. Soon after she was approached by Cyclops, Angel, Beast and Iceman to join the X-Men.
That is the cartoon's origin for Angelica Jones as Firestar. In the Firestar #1-4 limited comic book series, Angelica Jones becomes connected to Emma Frost. First though, her father is introduced in issue #1 of the comic series, and the actual comic book origin starts off with her at 13 years old.
The story first centers around her not fitting in at school, and like the cartoon, dealing with a bully named Cassie and her goons.
After Cassie and her goons revealed they had broken her ice sculpture and merrily leave a broken-hearted Angelica, her powers finally manifest for the first time. During issue #1, it's clear that both Professor X and Emma Frost are looking for Angelica. It's a race to find this young and powerful mutant.
However, this one ends up going to Emma Frost, and the White Queen ends up reaching young Angelica Jones first at the end of issue #1. Emma Frost tricks Angelica into coming with her, and thus begins training her at the Massachusetts Academy to become her personal assassin.
Although some sources say that it is this series in which we discover that Firestar's powers are microwave based, Rogue actually reveals this in Uncanny X-Men #193. Panels are below.
However, and just for fun, I'll show the panels in which the Firestar comic series reaffirms that her powers come from microwave energy, and the panel for that is in issue #2 of the comic series. She can manipulate the microwaves at varies intensities to produce various effects like melting objects or causing bursts of intense flames.
But a really cool thing is that this series even tried to prop the young Firestar as possibly being one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe. That bit was said by Emma Frost herself in the panels below.
The Firestar comic series finally saw Angelica realize that Emma Frost was manipulating her, and the White Queen's deception is revealed to Firestar via Randall Chase. Randall was assigned to Angelica as her bodyguard, and he did not like how the child was being manipulated.
Frost was filling Angelica with such fear of her powers and self-doubt in order for her to become overly reliant on Emma. The White Queen even kept Jones separate from the Hellions to make her feel isolated and lonely.
With his dying breath, Randell Chase reveals the truth, and Firestar confronts Emma Frost. Angelica would eventually break her ties with the White Queen and Hellions.
It wouldn't be until years later that Angelica and Emma would bury the hatchet.
She Was An Original Member of the New Warriors!
For some reason, the character of Firestar didn't stick with comic fans. After her four issue limited series, the character did not appear for quite a while or did not have many appearances thereafter.
Before becoming an X-Men and before becoming an Avenger, Firestar was actually an original member of the New Warriors. There she is on the cover of Thor #412, a long with her team mates Speedball, Nova, Namorita, and Night Thrasher.
New Warriors was suppose to be a junior-like Avengers team, very much like how Teen Titans was the junior version of the Justice League. Well, at least, that's what I read somewhere.
Oh, wait, the mighty wikipedia states they were suppose to be the junior counter part like New Mutants and X-Force were to the X-Men. Yep, something like that.
Firestar & Spidey Did Not Officially Meet In-Continuity Until This Issue of...
Unlike her cartoon counterpart, Angelica Jones in actual Marvel mainstream continuity did not meet Spider-Man until much later. Her official debut was in 1985 in the world of comics, and her and the Webhead did not meet in mainstream continuity until Web of Spider-Man #75.
This comic is cover dated April, 1991, so that's around 6 years after her debut in Uncanny X-Men #193. Pretty interesting that Firestar would first meet the webslinger as a New Warrior.
Anyway, the panels below depict Firestar meeting Spidey in-continuity for the first time. Man, I love this, and it's just fun stuff to know about. Looks like having Iceman there as well was a nod to the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends cartoon.
Firestar Was An Avenger
Firestar and Vance Astrovik were a couple during their time as New Warriors and tried out for the Avengers in this 4th issue of the 1998 Avengers comic series. They originally did not make the cut, but Firestar had a fit and Captain America changed his mind.
So, in Avengers #4 of the 1998 series, both Firebird and Vance as Justice became Avengers reserve members. I am not sure if they ever became full-fledged Avengers.
Some sources say that happened in the 7th issue of the same 1998 Avengers series, but both Firestar and Vance as Justice rising out of the "reserve" category wasn't blatantly mentioned in that 7th issue. Whatever.
Reservist or full-fledged, Firestar had adventures with the Avengers as a member of some type, and that happened way before she ever became an X-Man. Speaking of Avengers #4 of the 1998 series, that comic is also significant to the character of Carol Danvers, and the link will bring you to the article that reveals that.
She Is A Cancer Survivor
Hmmm...let's see...microwave manipulation and electromagnetic radiation? Yeah, kinda makes sense that someone possessing that mutant ability would be prone to getting cancer.
Yes, superheroes can succumb to diseases as well, and in a brilliant move to bring awareness, Angelica Jones did reveal that she had cancer in the Marvel Divas four issue comic series. This was revealed on the last page of Marvel Divas #1.
A friend of my family just died of pancreatic cancer and with Aretha Franklin's recent death as well, I totally take my hat off to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for tackling the subject. With the support of Monica Rambeau, Felicia Hardy, and Patsy Walker, Angelica was able to beat cancer, and it went into remission.
Wish this was case for many more.
So, this is just a brief look at the character of Angelica Jones as Firestar. Some sources has called the character generic, but some remember the nostalgia she brings from the cartoon.
I sure do. Unfortunately, the character never really took off with comic fans.
She would star in her own titled comic in 2010 but it was a one-shot deal. In recent comics, Firestar is a member of the X-Men but she isn't really used all that much.
Well, if the MCU should ever decide to use this character. It was a shame that some other lesser known characters were used in the New Warriors TV series instead of original member, Angelica Jones.
Maybe she'll show up in a later season. Well, that's if the New Warriors TV series ends up happening. Anyway, thanks for reading, and please share this article. Would be much appreciated.
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