Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Sunfire (Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, 1981)

Fans of Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends must've wrongfully assumed that Firestar (Kathy Garver) was a unique mutant, but long time comics fans knew better.

In fact, the hero upon whom Firestar was based, Japan's Sunfire, made his TV debut in a season 1 episode bearing his name. Shiro Yashida, cousin of Wolverine's long-time honey, Mariko, was recruited by his uncle to in turn recruit Firestar to help power a nuclear reactor, unaware that his uncle actually intends far more sinister plans. Jerry Dexter was brought in to voice Sunfire, and I believe it is Keye Luke as his uncle.

Sunfire and Firestar fell in love, which must've disappointed anyone thinking that either Iceman or Spider-Man might have a chance with their red-headed teammate. Unfortunately, Sunfire would not return for a sequel.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

I remember this one - I always laughed hysterically when Sunfire's uncle came out in his villain armor! It look so silly to me!

I didn't mind Firestar shipping with Sunfire; after all, Peter Parker was meant to be with Mary Jane right? She always seemed to be dating either Peter or Bobby at various times, I remember there one an episode in which the boys discuss who might end up with her. Bobby claimed it wouldn't work due to the fire/ice thing they had, but I wouldn't have minded.

hobbyfan said...

Seems uncle didn't care what anyone thought.

I'm not sure if there's any fan-fic follow-ups to the Sunfire-Firestar hookup, but it's worth looking into.....