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Shaloman

Shaloman flying and punching

From: "Shaloman" page on "International Heroes" website (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/shaloman.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

Shaloman

Real Name: Shaloman
Identity/Class: Mystical being
Occupation: Superhero
Affiliations: Shalomboy (recently acquired sidekick)
Enemies: Criminals, terrorists
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Man of Stone, Defender of the Downtrodden
Base of Operations: Israel
First Appearance: Shaloman (Mark One Comics, 1988)

Powers/Abilities: Superstrong, invulnerable to undefined degree, doesn't need to breathe. Able to fly, going fast enough to create vortexes or to get into orbit. Possesses a variety of enhanced senses including "sensor vision" which appears to be a combination of night vision and telescopic vision, and enhanced hearing, capable of distinguishing specific sounds from the hubbub of the entire world, even when flying in orbit (let's not get into the sound-vacuum business).

History: Shaloman is an apparently mystical being who normally takes the form of a stone carving of the Hebrew letter "shin" sitting atop Mount Israel. When something threatens the safety of innocents he can be invoked by their cries for help, transforming into the heroic form of Shaloman.

Comments: Created, written and drawn by Al Wiesner, who wanted to create a positive Jewish superhero role model, feeling that there was a lack of them in comics. There have been around 30 issues to date, with Wiesner self-publishing the title about twice a year.

The symbol on his chest is the Hebrew letter shin.

Shalomboy was a young boy who was injured in a bus crash, and had his limbs replaced by bionic ones. He first appeared in Shaloman: The Miracle of the Lights.

Shaloman's transformation from a stone carving of the Hebrew letter shin into a human-like superhero
Above: Shaloman's transformation

Shaloman #2, featuring Jewish super-hero Shaloman.

From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

New Adventures of Shaloman #2
Shaloman and a group of astronauts from Earth try to make peace between 2 warring groups on an alien planet. The Chasidians seem like extreme versions of Hasidic Jews (e.g. physical separation of men and women, traditional gender roles).

Discussion

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):

The Dark
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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