You might imagine my double take when I was browsing my animated options last evening on Netflix and discovered that the classic 1981 NBC Marvel series was available, all 24 episodes!
I had always thought that Firestar was a real Marvel Comic character but it turns out that she was created for the series, to be a replacement for the Human Torch (Which Spidey teamed up with in the comics from time to time) when he became unavailable. In the production notes for the show it has been revealed that she might have been called Heatwave, Starblaze, or Firefly. In 1985 she did get her comic appearance in Uncanny X-Men #193, as a member of the Hellions (Rivals of Xavier’s New Mutants), eventually leaving that team by defeating Emma Frost and becoming a hero.
Thanks to Hewey1972 for uploading that intro to the series on YouTube!