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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
of Generation X
Angelo Espinosa, who is known as "Skin." He was a founding member of "Generation X," a class of mutant trainees at the Massachusetts Academy who studied under Emma Frost (the "White Queen") and Sean Cassidy ("Bandshee").
Angelo Espinosa came from a Catholic family. His mother was a devout Catholic. Angelo did not appear to be particularly religious while he was a student at Massachusetts Academy, but he reportedly had a strong sense of religious faith throughout his life. He was often seen wearing a large Catholic cross both in and out of uniform.
From: "Skin's History" page on "Skin: Super-Hero from the Barrior" fan website, last updated 26 May 2003 (http://www.geocities.com/angelo_espinoza/ihistory.html; viewed 13 June 2006):
Skin's history is separate into sections, each detailing a different part of his life. The first tells what we know (mostly what Angelo has said) of Skin's past, prior to his involvement with mutants, monsters, and Generation X. Others talk about different adventures he's had with Generation X that were important to him.
LIFE AND DEATH IN L.A.
Note: Much of this story comes from Angelo's accounts to Husk and Jubilee, and it is more then likely that he toned down his own role in the events, even more likely due to the apparent discrepancies between his account, and other references that Angelo, and others have made about his past.
Angelo Espinosa was born and raised in the barrios of East Los Angeles. He was cared for by his mother after his father was killed in front of his eyes as a random victim of a drive-by shooting. Not wanting her son involved in the same kind of violence that took her husband, she tried to keep her son away from any negative influences, especially his then girlfriend, Tores.
Tores was a deeply involved in the gang life that Mrs. Espinosa feared so much, and apparently, Angelo was involved in that life as well. Although he has never confirmed his involvement with the street gangs, he has suggested as much, and has stated that he has seen more then one of his friends die in gang violence.
To keep her son out of trouble, Mrs. Espinosa instilled a strong sense of faith in her son, that he still respects today. She even made him a member of a Catholic Youth Organization, under the guidance of Father Miguel...
From: "(OFFTOPIC) Sleepwalker and a RANT!" thread started 9 April 1996 on rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/browse_thread/thread/530027d02cbeb884/7c688dd20f2f433c; viewed 13 June 2006):
From: "X-Men religious affiliations" thread started 1 June 2002 on rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/browse_thread/thread/78e6830d00083d2f/102a03cd2dab9fda; viewed 13 June 2006):
Date: Wed, Apr 10 1996 12:00 am
Say, this [religious affiliations of the X-Men] would be a neat thread. My memory doesn't really remember a lot of the X-Men having stated a religion... Anyone know any issues where a X-Member professed his/her religion?
From: Blase Martin Louis
Date: Thurs, Apr 11 1996 12:00 am
...Skin is probably non-practicing Catholic...
From: Chris Dodson
Date: Sat, Jun 1 2002 9:38 pm
I'm looking for information on the religious beliefs of all the current X-Men for a story I'm submitting to Marvel. The only one I know for sure is Nightcrawler (Catholic). I get the impression that Wolverine is an atheist or agnostic, but I have no in-comic evidence to support this. Any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated. Also, in your responses, could you provide titles and issue numbers of the comics in which the information is stated? Thanks.
Date: Mon, Jun 3 2002 6:42 am
...And my guess is that "Skin" (Angelo Espinosa) is a Catholic too, but that is just a guess.
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