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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
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):
Dana Smith
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
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):
From: JARJR2
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):

Mr Wesley
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.

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)

12-13-2005, 10:30 AM

I think she [Songbird] was also seen wearing a Jewish symbol in one issue.

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