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Tandy Bowen
of the superhero pair "Cloak & Dagger"


From: "Catholic Clix - Comic info needed!" forum discussion started 3 May 2003 on HCRealms website (http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-40338.html; viewed 24 May 2007):

05/03/2003, 21:04

Ok, so in recent films it's been apparent that Daredevil and Nightcrawler are Catholic...

So, who else out there could be fielded in a "Catholic" Heroclix team?

05/04/2003, 16:36

Here's some for future reference that aren't in Heroclix yet.

Firebird's is Catholic... Aurora from Alpha Flight is very Catholic... Dagger is Catholic (not sure about Cloak)...

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
Catholic folks... Firebird (Bonita Juarez), Jeanne Marie Baubier (Aurora), Daredevil, Living Lightning, Karma (was, not sure if she's still practicing), Dagger (Cloak's partner), Banshee, Siryn?, Sunspot
From: "Claremont's 'Revenge' / CC Trademarks" thread on rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/browse_thread/thread/b6c76ad39ebedbac/82cfea80ebc7bade; viewed 12 June 2006):
From: Andyg3129
Date: Wed, May 13 1998 12:00 am

Re: "However I have noticed that when he did have characters discuss religion, or express religious beliefs, he rarely used actual ritual, or organized religion. I'm not sure if that's also part of the tiptoeing or if it's for another reason. I believe it's a part of tiptoeing. I can't recall any other writer using these kinds of things either. If someone can recall examples of this being demonstrated in comics, I'd be interested to hear."

Cloak & Dagger.

From: Samy Merchi
Date: Wed, May 13 1998 12:00 am

Intriguing. Which run / issues by whom would be good to check out for this?

From: Thomas Wilde
Date: Fri, May 15 1998 12:00 am

...Cloak and Dagger, because Dagger's father was a priest. [Actually, it was her uncle.] The more I think about it, the more religious characters don't really tend to lend themselves to comics. Turning the other cheek doesn't exactly make for a hell of a good adventure story.

From: Andyg3129
Date: Sat, May 16 1998 12:00 am

re: "Which run / issues by whom would be good to check out for this [religious observance by Cloak and Dagger]?"

Um, most recent run, the one that ended at about #19 with an Infinity Gauntlet crossover.

Generally an ambient religious atmosphere abounds. Their base of operations was a church. Dagger used to regularly take confession and discuss her dilemmas with a priest who was her uncle. In contrast (as always) to Cloak's demonic forebearance.

Andy, thinks that's a much underated series.

From: "Religion and X-Men" thread started 21 July 1998 on rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/browse_thread/thread/b61ff5d2e422d0a5/1ebe80a26a7df2e5; viewed 13 June 2006):
From: Alan D. Earhart
Date: Tues, Jul 21 1998 12:00 am

Some of the recent discussion got me thinking about this once again.

When has religion been used as a plot device in an xbook? [i.e., a comic book series related to the X-Men]

From: David R. Henry
Date: Wed, Jul 22 1998 12:00 am

...While I wince at the shoehorn that forced them into the mutant books, Cloak & Dagger had a supporting character who was a priest who was rather well-developed.

From: "Who's Catholic in the Marvel Universe" forum discussion started 5 February 2005 on "HCRealms" website (http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=123637; viewed 10 May 2007):

02/05/2005, 15:35

I know a lot of characters are Jewish, so I was wondering who is officially Catholic?

I know Daredevil is. It's a major part of his personality and often occurs in storylines.

I also believe Firebird from the West Coast Avengers... After that, I'm pretty much stumped.

Anyone have any others?

Marvel Catholics:

02/05/2005, 23:32

Is Dagger counted as Catholic, or just "spiritual"? Probably the latter.


02/12/2005, 09:17

Just thought of another Catholic - Black Widow! In Marvel Knights (I think it was issue #1) she was at confession, which is how she bumped into Dagger...

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):

Sandy Hausler
02-01-2006, 05:05 AM

...Actually, overt religious belief and practice among Marvel characters is pretty sparse. Firebird is a religious Catholic, but we don't see much of her (and really never did). Rahne Sinclair was a devout Protestant, though you wouldn't know it since her latest remake. Daredevil is Catholic, but I'm not sure how devout. And Cloak and Dagger hang out in a Catholic church, but I'm not sure of their personal religious beliefs...

From: HCRealms.com (circa January 2006):
Tandy Bowen's uncle is a priest; Black Widow in Marvel Knights (I think it was issue #1) she was at confession, which is how she bumped into Dagger.

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