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From: Alan Oirich, "Hall of Heroes" page on the "Jewish Hero Corps" official website (http://www.jewishsuperhero.com/jhc.htm; viewed 22 April 2006):
Yarmulkah Youth: "The Capped Crusader" has a belt full of trick Yarmulkahs, including a Yamarang, a radio, Bullet-proof handshields, a parachute and many more.From: "List of Jewish superheroes" page on Wikipedia.com (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_superheroes; viewed 22 April 2006):
There also exists a team of Judaicly themed superheroes known as "The Jewish Hero Corps", printed by Leviathan press. They include Menorah Man, Yarmulke Youth, Matzah Woman, Driedel Maidel, Magen David, Minyan Man, and Shabbas Queen. They are not commonly recognized as actual characters primarily because only one issue of the comic is known to have been produced at this time.From: "Kipa Kid" page on "International Heroes" website (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/y/yarmulka.htm; viewed 8 May 2006):
Identity/Class: Normal human with high tech equipment
Affiliations: The Jewish Hero Corps
Aliases: Capped Crusader
Base of Operations: Orbiting HQ
First Appearance: Animated Comic as featured piece in Quarterly multimedia Magazine CD-Jemm, number 2, Autumn, 1996
Powers/Abilities: Rides around on a "Yarmaha" motorbike, has gadgets hidden within his yarmulke and gartel (his "utility gartel"?), such as a Yamarang, radio, bullet-proof handshield, parachute and more.
Comments: Created by Alan Oirich.
From: Leah Finkelshteyn, "Thwak! To Our Enemies", published in Hadassah Magazine, June/July 2003 Vol. 84 No. 10 (http://www.hadassah.org/news/content/per_hadassah/archive/2003/03_JUN/art.htm; viewed 19 June 2007):
...Another new title for kids, The Jewish Hero Corps (Electric Comics, www.jewishsu perhero.com), created by Oirich, will be out in August. The Corps' super team includes Minyan Man, who can duplicate himself 10 times; Kipa Kid, known as the Capped Crusader; and Shabbas Queen, whose wand causes electric objects to "rest"...
"There is a real connection between Jews and comic books for any of a dozen reasons," says Oirich, who is curating an exhibit on the subject with the New York City Comic Book Museum (www.nyccomicbookmuseum.org). "One is historical; another has to do with a...sense of tikkun olam, of what you might call Jewish mythic ideas and feelings that expressed themselves [through superheroes]."