The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
From: "Sabraman" page on "International Heroes" website (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/sabraman.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):
Real Name: Dan Bar-On
Occupation: Superhero; formerly Police Officer
Known Relatives: None known
Base of Operations: Israel
First Appearance:Sabraman (Sabraman Comics, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: Sabraman can shoot radioactive rays from his eyes (strong enough to penetrate 15 cm thick titanium), can fly fast enough to cross an ocean in a split-second, and surround himself with a magnetic force field that prevents anyone from attacking him. He is strong enough to bend metal with ease, and can teleport.
History: Sabraman was given his super powers by the superagency of Israel. In 1975 that agency implanted atomic rod in the chests of 28 super agents, giving each one powers far beyond normal men. The 18th agent to undergo the procedure was Dan Bar On, a former policeman who was a holocaust survivor and had fought in the 1956 war, the Six Day War and the Yom Kipur War of 1973. When they implanted the rod in him, the vast powers of the rod were unleashed and there was an explosion which destroyed the entire laboratory. Fifteen people were killed in that explosion, but Bar-On himself survived with the rod still inside him. It was later found that he had developed powers greater than any of his counterparts. Dubbed Sabraman, he fought villains such as the Nazi scientist Dr.Mengele, and became a hero of Israel.
Comments: Created by Uri Fink when the artist was only 15, back in 1978. The character was not a massive success, but did manage to get published for a while in the Israeli English-language newspaper, "The Jerusalem Post", as well as his own, short-lived, comic.
Nationality of creators: Israeli
Country of original publication/appearance: Israel
Appearances and variations in other countries: None
Original Media: Comics
Other Media: None
Analogues: Dan Bar-On has a counterpart in the alternate universe of Profil 107.
Contributors to this page: I was first tipped off to the existence of this character by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy site - thanks to them for being willing to help me find out more about him. And thanks to Eli Eshed for providing images and additional information on him. Thanks to Karl Gillespie for informing me of Sabraman's powers, and to Trond Haram Klykken for informing me of his enemy Dr.Mengele.
From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):
Israeli super-agent Sabraman learns about the great brain control machine and, with the help of superheroes Fire and Super Hero, try to prevent the theft of special radioactive stones that are needed for the machine's operation.
From: "Dan Bar-On (Profil 107)" page on "International Heroes" website (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/p/profil107.htm; viewed 6 July 2007):
Real Name: Dan Bar-On
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Agent of the Israeli government
Enemies: The Bloody Moon
Base of Operations: Israel
First Appearance: "Profil 107" Modan (1998)
Powers/Abilities: Dan Bar-On can fly and has superhuman strength.
History: Profil 107 is set in an alternate world where the various governments of the world employed superhumans during the Second World War. Merlin worked for the British, Patriot for the Americans, and Ubermansh for the Germans. The latter two fought in the Italian city of Turino towards the end of the war, destroying most of it in the process. In 1960 the international treaty of San Francisco forbade any government from using superpowered individuals, but both Israel and the U.S. (at least) worked to circumvent this.
Dan Bar-On was Israel's superagent. When the super-powered Palestinean terrorist "the Bloody Moon", armed with Soviet weaponry, threatened to bomb the country, he teamed with the American super-agent Liberty to avert this threat to peace.
Comments: Created by Uri Fink.
Thanks to Eli Eshed for informing me of Profil 107 and providing information. He describes the comic as "something like an Israeli Watchmen".
Dan Bar-On is an alternate universe counterpart of Sabraman. This incarnation has a slightly different origin from his doppelganger - though in his world the governments are creating super soldiers with scientific means, he himself has his super powers "naturally" and with no real explanation, marking him as a kind of mutant. He can fly, among other powers.
From: "Religious Inclinations of heroes" message board, started 1 March 2005 on StarDestroyer.net website (http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=63632&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=25; viewed 8 June 2006):
Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2005 12:01 am
Jewish characters include Shaloman and Sabraman, the Hayoth, Ragman, Sabra, and Rose (from Punisher). Moon Knight, Sandman, and Nuklon are all Jewish by heritage though (IIRC) non-practicing. Of course, the Thing is now well-known to be Jewish. Ruben Flagg (American Flagg) is also Jewish.
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