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COMIC LEGEND: Firestar originally was going to be Mary Jane on the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends cartoon series
Reader Jon K. wrote in to ask:
[A]s I’ve rewatched every episode of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends with my kids, something really jumped out at me that I didn’t ever notice before… in the earliest episodes especially, it seems that Firestar’s alter ego of Angelica Jones bears an astonishing resemblance to Mary Jane Watson, which leads me to wonder… were they originally going to make Mary Jane Firestar on the show, and it got shot down for some reason?
It’s a fine question, Jon, as obviously Angelica Jones was clearly designed to look like Mary Jane Watson…
However, that was the case from the word go. To wit, the concept of Firestar (originally called Heatwave) was around before they even hired the main writer for the show, Dennis Marks.
Here is John Romita SR’s design of Firestar (still Heatwave at the time) as part of the pitch to the network for the show…
Here are Romita’s other pieces for the pitch…
So while it is clear that she was drawn to look like Mary Jane (especially as Mary Jane is not in the show), there was no change – that’s the way it always was.
Thanks for the suggestion, Jon!
And thanks to Spider-Friends.com for the awesome images!
On the next page, did Paul Jenkins re-write Howard Mackie’s script for Amazing Spider-Man #25?
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