Arsenic (Gertrude Yorkes)

The Religious Affiliation of
Gertrude Yorkes

Religion: Jewish (agnostic) CBR Scale: S

Name: Arsenic

Alter Ego: Gertrude Yorkes

Other Names: Gertrude "Gert" Yorkes

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Runaways (vol. 1) #1 (July 2003): "Pride and Joy, Part 1"

Creators: Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, David Newbold

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 50

Teams/Affiliations: The Runaways

Gender: female


From: "The New Improved Official Stupid Question Thread Marvel Edition" forum discussion, started 3 July 2004 on the Superhero Hype website (; viewed 11 August 2007):

The Question
07-24-2007, 11:01 AM

I recall an issue of Wolverine where it was said that in the Marvel Universe, the existence of god had been, beyond a shadow of a doubt, scientifically proven through some sort of mathematical equasion. So, wouldn't that mean that there are no athiests in the MU anymore?

07-24-2007, 11:02 AM

Do you know of any absolutely proven atheists in the Marvel universe?

07-24-2007, 11:13 AM


The Question
07-24-2007, 11:16 AM

re: Gert.

She identified herself as agnostic.

07-24-2007, 11:22 AM

It doesn't matter, she's dead and went straight to hell.

07-24-2007, 11:25 AM

I doubt Gert would've been privy to this equation that proves God exists.

From: "Where are the Christian Superheroes?" forum discussion, started 22 August 2006 on the Newsarama website (; 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.

This character is in the following 3 stories which have been indexed by this website:
What If? Astonishing X-Men #1 (Feb. 2010): "What If Danger Became a Bride of Ultron?" (cameo)

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