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I had a comic when I was younger that I believe came with the Sunday paper in the US, specifically Colorado. It was branded as 'Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends', the same as the cartoon of the time featuring Spider-Man, Iceman, and Firestar. In the comic, they battled the Abomination not the Green Goblin as in the official comic (Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends #1). I believe this comic was put out regionally and was associated with one of the large department stores in my town (I believe May D&F). I cannot find any mention of this comic anywhere. Would a comic like this in any way be considered canon? I would assume it had the blessing from Marvel when it was put out.

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    There have been numerous department store special editions. They're not canon
    – Valorum
    Aug 13 at 6:02

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This is Spider-Man, Firestar and Iceman: Danger in Denver Vol.1 #1.

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This was a special for the Denver Post in 1983 in which our heroes fight the Abomination at the NORAD complex in Colorado.

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  • I guess I don't have to go through all my boxes of comics now. I have not really used that fandom site before but I will from now on.
    – SDH
    Aug 13 at 15:32
  • @SDH - I actually read that one in Spider-Man Comics Weekly (UK)
    – Valorum
    Aug 13 at 15:34
  • Did you read the Dallas Ballet Nutcracker comic as well? :)
    – SDH
    Aug 13 at 15:46
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    @SDH - Ah yes, the one where Spidey and his friends spend their time beating the crap out of a mentally ill black dude; i.stack.imgur.com/4PcDb.jpg
    – Valorum
    Aug 13 at 15:50
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The comic you're referring to is listed on the Marvel Database website as Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1 (1983).

The site also has a page for the other comic you mentioned, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends #1 (1981).

It's pretty safe to say that neither of these issues are canon to the mainstream comics for a number of reasons.

For one thing, the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe lists the first appearance of the mainstream comics (Earth-616) Firestar as Uncanny X-Men #193 (1985), and specifies that her prior appearance in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends #1 was set on Earth-8107.

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #4, page 78

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #4 (September, 2008)

Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1 isn't mentioned in the OHOTMU, however, given that it was published approximately two years prior to Uncanny X-Men #193 (the issue that's listed as Earth-616 Firestar's first appearance), that's an indirect indication that it isn't canon.

This is backed up by an advertisement for Firestar's 1986 miniseries, which only acknowledged her prior appearance in X-Men.

She's been a staple on Saturday morning television for a number of years now, but so far she has appeared in only one regular Marvel comic. That's about to change. Get ready to meet the latest addition to Marvel's mutant line-up in a four issue Limited Series, FIRESTAR.

Written by Tom DeFalco and illustrated by Mary Wilshire and Steve Leialoha, FIRESTAR will reintroduce us to the character who made one brief appearance in the X-MEN. We'll learn a lot about this mysterious young girl, her powers, and why she became a member of the Hellfire Club-controlled Hellions!

Marvel Age #35, page 19

Marvel Age #35 (February, 1986)

Also, in Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1, the three title characters are depicted as being good friends and familiar with one another's secret identities, much as they were in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends animated series.

Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1, page 26

Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1 (1983)

By contrast, when Firestar introduced herself to Spider-Man in Web of Spider-Man Vol. 1 #75 (published eight years later), they each spoke as if they'd never met before.

FIRESTAR: Hi, I'm Firestar.

SPIDER-MAN: From the New Warriors, right? I've heard of you kids.

Web of Spider-Man Vol. 1 #75, page 6

Web of Spider-Man Vol. 1 #75 (April, 1991)

They were later revealed to have had at least one prior meeting in Spider-Man Family Featuring Amazing Friends #1 (2006), but that story wouldn't have been set much earlier, since Firestar was acknowledged as being a member of the New Warriors, a team she didn't join until 1989. And again, she wasn't portrayed as being very familiar with either Spider-Man or Iceman in that issue. They'd both clearly heard of her, but this may be the first time they'd actually met her in canon.

SPIDER-MAN: Heya, Firestar.

ICEMAN: Oh-- Firestar. You're one of those New Kids, right?

FIRESTAR: New Warriors.

ICEMAN: Same thing.

FIRESTAR: So, hey, are you guys out on patrol or what? All my teammates are being boring tonight. Maybe you could use an extra hand?

ICEMAN: Heh! Listen, we're seasoned super heroes. I mean, it's not that we don't appreciate it-- you just wouldn't be able to keep up.

FIRESTAR: Uh... excuse me? I think the problem is you're too old to keep up with me.

ICEMAN: Too-- ah-hah! Is she for real? You hear that, Spidey? Too old!

SPIDER-MAN: Better watch it, Iceball. Firestar's no slouch.

Spider-Man Family Featuring Amazing Friends #1, page 7

Spider-Man Family Featuring Amazing Friends #1 (October, 2006)

Spider-Man and Iceman had met several times prior to this, and Spider-Man did know that Iceman was Bobby Drake. However, back in the '80s, Spider-Man was extremely protective of his secret identity, and didn't reveal it to any other hero, except his girlfriend, the Black Cat. Daredevil and Wolverine discovered his secret identity with their superhuman senses, but Iceman and Firestar almost certainly wouldn't have learned of it until he revealed it to the general public during the "Civil War" storyline in 2006.

Spider-Man later enlisted the help of Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, and Iron Man to erase all knowledge of his secret identity from everyone except Mary Jane Watson, and while he subsequently re-revealed it to select heroes, such as the Fantastic Four and several Avengers, he's never been especially tight with either Iceman or Firestar in canon, and they're not currently among the heroes who know who he really is.

One other thing to note is that Iceman is described as a "teenager" in Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1...

Bobby Drake, an outgoing, fun-loving teenager, was born with the mutant power to turn himself and any moisture around him into ice. He fights evil and is known as Iceman!

Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1, page 2

Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1 (1983)

... whereas the Earth-616 versions of he and Spider-Man were college graduates in their early twenties by 1983, the year that comic was published. Spider-Man completed his first year of grad school that same year, as shown in Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #243. Firestar was still a teenager when she made her first canon appearance in 1985, and according to her OHOTMU entry, she was only 19 years old during her time as an Avenger in Avengers Vol. 3 (1998–2004).

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  • I don't think OP specifically means the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends comic (from 1981). I think he just means that it had the characters from that show.
    – Valorum
    Aug 13 at 10:41
  • @Valorum - I know. The OP mentioned two comics, but the main one they were asking about was (presumably) Spider-Man Firestar Iceman Danger in Denver #1 (1983), and that's the comic that my answer was mainly focused on. I clearly stated that that's the comic the OP was referring to at the top of my answer, and mentioned it (by its full title) three more times further down the answer. Aug 13 at 11:01
  • To clarify, I believe this "In the comic, they battled the Abomination not the Green Goblin as in the official comic" is a reference to the 1981 comic, which does feature the Green Goblin. But I agree that that is not the main comic the OP was asking about, and my answer was focused on the issue with the Abomination. Aug 13 at 11:04
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    @LogicDictates You read into my statement correctly. I should have been more clear. I always thought Firestar was a little interesting to come out of a cartoon into the comics instead of the other way around.
    – SDH
    Aug 13 at 15:34
  • Rhetorically I wonder if in a universe where there is clearly a "floating timeline" if one can really quote dates meaningfully. Can events float backwards? Obviously Earth-8107 is the main answer in this topic. Aug 14 at 10:22

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