The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
of Team Youngblood
Selections from: Steven M. Bergson, "Jewish Comics: A Select Bibliography" last updated 28 June 2005 (http://www.geocities.com/safran-can/JWISHC.HTM; viewed 23 December 2005):
Stephenson, Eric. "From the Same Cloth" Youngblood Strikefile #6 (2nd story) Aug. 1994 (Westlake Village, CA: Image).
Superheroine Masada prevents an assasination of anti-Semitic black leader Hashim by renegade Mossad agent Rimon Sibbechai.
Stephenson, Eric. "Good Enough" Youngblood Super Special #1 Winter 1997 (Fullerton, CA: Maximum).
From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):
Youngblood: Strikefile #6
The superhero team known as Youngblood includes Masada - an Israeli who gets her powers from those who valiantly committed suicide at the mountain fortress (rather than surrender to the Roman army). Sometimes, the souls try to influence her decisions --- and often the souls argue amongst themselves over what she should do.
From: "Masada" page on "Independent Heroes from the U.S.A." website (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/m/masada.htm; viewed 23 December 2005):
Real Name: Deborah Konigsberg
First Appearance: Youngblood
History: Masada is an Israeli super-woman empowered by the souls of her countrymen who died in the battle from which took her codename and the souls of all those who gave their lives in the name of Judaism. Deborah joined Team Youngblood shortly before Giger's hijacking of Liberty II and has remained with the team ever since, forming friendships with many of her teammates, most notably Riptide.
Despite her upbeat and somewhat conservative nature, Deborah is a troubled young woman. Though her ability to increase her size and strength at will is quite a boon, the voices that echo within Deborah often overwhelm her emotionally. She craves the solitude of silence, but is forever burdened by the cries of the dead.
Powers/Abilities: Masada can grow to gigantic height with matching strength.
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