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Melissa Joan Gold, a.k.a. "Mimi Schwartz"
of the Thunderbolts super-hero team
(Songbird was previously the super-villain known as "Screaming Mimi")
Melissa Joan Gold is known as "Songbird," a comic book character who was formerly the supervillain known as Screaming Mimi. She joined the Thunderbolts and reformed, and became a true hero. Melissa Joan Gold is overtly Jewish.
Songbird/Screaming Mimi is listed on the "Jewish Supers" list at: http://blaklion.best.vwh.net/jew.html
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):
From: "Atheist superheroes?" thread, started 21 September 1999 on rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe/browse_thread/thread/e8d686f0b20944a6/2f9353e0760b00e7; viewed 23 June 2006):
13 May 2004
Yes... Kitty's always been Jewish. More Jewish folks... Doc Samson, Moon Knight, Volcana, Sasquatch, The Thing, Songbird (Mimi Schwartz, probably jewish... but practicing? Who knows), Sabra
Date: Wed, Sep 22 1999 12:00 am
re: "Anyone care to post a list of those characters whose spiritual beliefs are on record?"
...Songbird - Jewish (well that's what kurt said once but it never has been actually stated...but with the 2 last names she has had Schwartz and Gold it's kind of obvious)...
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):
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?
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.
From: "Where are the Christian Superheroes?" forum discussion page started 22 August 2006 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/archive/index.php/t-81451.html; viewed 5 May 2007):
08-22-2006, 10:03 AM
...I pose the question to you, my fellow Talk@Ramanians: If Christianity is the most popular faith in the United States, why aren't there more openly Christian superheroes?
08-22-2006, 10:07 AM
I don't think there are so many openly Jewish or Muslim Superheroes either (at least not American ones). In the end, non-denominational heroes will appeal to a broader spectrum of readers, or at least I'm sure that's the theory.
08-22-2006, 10:08 AM
I don't think there are so many openly Jewish or Muslim Superheroes either.
08-22-2006, 10:16 AM
...btw [by the way] - Kitty Pride is Jewish.
08-22-2006, 10:20 AM
re: btw - Kitty Pride is Jewish.
Magneto, Songbird (Melissa Gold), Gertrude from Runaways.
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)
12-13-2005, 10:30 AM
I think she [Songbird] was also seen wearing a Jewish symbol in one issue.
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