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Marsha Rosenberg
Volcana


From: "Who's Jews in the Marvel & DC Universe?", posted on Orthodox Union website (OU.ORG - Your Gateway to the Jewish Internet), (http://www.ou.org/ncsy/projects/kp/5763/kpwint63/thing.htm; viewed 20 December 2005):
The Thing may be the heaviest hitter to announce his Jewish roots, but he's far from alone. There are plenty of fellow Israelites in tights to join him at the Seder table... There are others. Marvel also has a Golem, plus Prime,... Volcana, Legion and more.

Discussion

Excerpts from: "Are Superheroes Religious?" forum page, started 13 May 2004, in "The John Byrne Forum" section of the Byrne Robotics website (http://jb.24-7intouch.com/forum/get_topic.asp?FID=3&TID=558&DIR=P; viewed 9 January 2006):
Dana Smith
13 May 2004
Yes... Kitty's always been Jewish. More Jewish folks... Doc Samson, Moon Knight, Volcana, Sasquatch, The Thing, Songbird... Sabra

From: "Jewish Heroes or Villians in Marvel Universe?" forum discussion, started 12 December 2005 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://www.xmenindex.com/forums/comicbooks/t-97146.html; viewed 31 May 2007):

furie
12-12-2005, 05:50 AM

Reading the " Black Panther thread" got me thinking. Are there any Jewish heroes or villians in the Marvel Universe?


StoneGold
12-12-2005, 09:21 AM

As far as other Marvel characters that haven't been brought up yet, we've skipped the first one, Izzy Cohen of the Howling Commandos, Achilles of the Pantheon, the original Sin-Eater, the Gaffer from SHIELD, despite the new-age hoo-haw, I'm guessing that Wiccan has at least Jewish roots, Dominic Fortune, Volcanna, the Two-Gun Kid, Iceman is non-practicing half-Jewish, Songbird, Cap's ex Bernie Rosenthal... and that's pretty much it off the top of my head. And a couple of those probably aren't very observant, if not practising altogether.


Sandy Hausler
12-13-2005, 05:07 AM

...That's a pretty impressive list... Just out of curiosity, what's the basis for Achilles, Volcanna, and Sin-Eater? (I suspect it's real names, but I don't know who they are). I'd read somewhere that Two Gun Kid is Jewish, as you say, but where was it revealed? I mean Matt Hawk? And Iceman? Songbird?

Enquiring minds want to know. And so does mine.


Dizzy D
12-13-2005, 05:49 AM

I think names for most of them:
- Volcana: Marsha Rosenberg
- Songbird: Melissa Gold and she has also used the alias Mimi Schwartz.
- Two-Gun Kid: Matthew Liebowicz (Matt Hawk was an alias)


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