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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Jo Nah
Ultra Boy
of the Legion of Super Heroes

From: "Ultra Boy" article on Wikipedia website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_Boy; viewed 27 May 2006):

Ultra Boy (Jo Nah of the planet Rimbor) is a fictional character, a comic book superhero in DC Comics. He is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century of the DC Universe. He has the powers of superhuman strength, flight, penetra-vision (similar to Superboy's x-ray vision, except penetra-vision can see through lead), flash vision (his version of heat vision), invulnerability, and ultra-speed. This last power does not include the ability to break the "time barrier" as those with super-speed can. However, he can only use one power at a time. With his Legion flight ring or earlier flight belt, though, he can use another power while flying.

Ultra Boy gained these powers when the space-speedster he was flying was swallowed by an ultra-energy beast (a "space whale"), exposing him to radiation while inside. His real name is derived from the story of the biblical Jonah who was the original literary character to survive being swallowed by a whale.

Ultra Boy's costume features an emblem standing for this beast on his chest. It has no cape, yet originally was the busiest of all the Legionnaires' costumes, with a red top, striped cuffs, tan weight belt with three slots, dark shorts, green leggings, and red-topped boots with a crenelated fringe.

Ultra Boy first appeared in Superboy #98 (1962), in which he was sent back in time to Superboy's home town of Smallville to prove himself worthy of joining the Legion by learning Superboy's secret identity. He was romantically linked for many years with fellow Legionnaire Phantom Girl.

The names of his parents are Crav and Mytra Nah. His girlfriend on Rimbor before he joined the Legion was An Ryd [a varation on the name of Ayn Rand, the founder of Objectivism]; she was later murdered and Brainiac 5 was framed for the crime. An early extension of his backstory made him the equivalent of a "hot-rodder," that is, of lower social class than many of the other Legionnaires.

Discussion

From: "Wasn't Superman Supposed to be Jewish?" discussion board started 24 April 2006 on the official DC Comics website (http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread. jspa?threadID=2000073412&start=30&tstart=0; viewed 27 May 2006):

redzone
Posted: May 10, 2006 3:35 PM

Since on the topic of heroes and religion, Ultra Boy's origin is almost the same as the Christian story of Jonah and the Whale. Even Ultra Boy's real name is Jo-Nah and he got his powers from a whale like space creature.


forbushman
Posted: May 10, 2006 3:48 PM

I'm pretty sure that Jonah and the Whale is not a Christian only tale. Jonah appeared in the Old Testemant which is Jewish only until Christianity. So therefore, Jonah and the Whale is orignially is a Jewish tale and is now a Jewish and Christian tale.


andrewlaubacher
Posted: May 10, 2006 3:50 PM

You're right, the Biblical Jonah was Jewish (I don't know about Ultra Boy--is he the Jewish Legionaire?).

From: Doug Tonks, "A Higher Power", posted 22 October 2006 on "All New! All Different! Howling Curmudgeons: Two-Fisted Comics Commentary and Criticism!" blog website (http://www.whiterose.org/howlingcurmudgeons/archives/009995.html; viewed 25 April 2007):

The never-identified but usually heeded "they" claim that there are two topics you should never talk about: religion and politics. But since Mike already brought up religion... I'll follow it up with a link to this page [link to: http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html], which lists the religious affiliations of various comic book characters...

Posted by Doug at October 22, 2006 7:12 PM


[Comments posted by readers of this page:]

My favorite is where they list Ultra Boy as Jewish since his name and origin allude to an Old Testament story.

Posted by: Jason Fliegel at October 23, 2006 10:23 AM

From: "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters (Doug Ramsey Fans, please help)" forum discussion, started 17 October 2006 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/archive/index.php/t-87949.html; viewed 20 June 2007):

JMarsh642
10-17-2006, 02:42 PM

I found this site white tries to identify the religious affiliation of comic book characters.
http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html ...


Jack Burton
10-17-2006, 08:54 PM

Okay, how the heck can the say any Legion member is Jewish or Catholic or whatever? Most of them are freaking aliens!

From: "The official Injustice League team thread", started 12 October 2006 on official DC Comics website (http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread.jspa?threadID=2000094288&tstart=90&start=2550; viewed 6 July 2007):

cptteriffic
Posted: Jul 1, 2007 7:07 PM

While you are in Arkham you might get a laugh out of this, I did not know half this stuff

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html


cptteriffic
Posted: Jul 1, 2007 9:11 PM

...I did not know about Ultra Boy. No offense, but I did not think he would be Jewish. I just figured growing up with Gangs he would not care about Religion.

[EDITOR: Technically, Ultra Boy's religious affiliation is listd as "Jewish?", with a question mark, indicating that he may be Jewish, but this remains speculative and uncertain.]


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