Volcana (Marsha Rosenberg)

The Religious Affiliation of
Marsha Rosenberg

Religion: Jewish CBR Scale: I

Name: Volcana

Alter Ego: Marsha Rosenberg

Classification: villain villain  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #3 (July 1984): "Tempest Without, Crisis Within!"

Creators: Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, John Beatty

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

Number of Appearances: 36

Birth Place: Denver, Colorado, USA

Race: white

Gender: female


From: "Are Superheroes Religious?" forum discussion, started 13 May 2004 on the "The John Byrne Forum" section of the Byrne Robotics website (; 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... Sabra

From: "Jewish Heroes or villains in Marvel Universe?" forum discussion, started 12 December 2005 on the Comic Book Resources website (; viewed 31 May 2007):

12-12-2005, 05:50 AM

Reading the " Black Panther thread" got me thinking. Are there any Jewish heroes or villains 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.

Sandy Hausler
12-13-2005, 05:07 AM

...That's a pretty impressive list... Just out of curiosity, what's the basis for Achilles, Volcanna, and Sin-Eater? (I suspect it's real names, but I don't know who they are). I'd read somewhere that Two Gun Kid is Jewish, as you say, but where was it revealed? I mean Matt Hawk? And Iceman? Songbird?

Enquiring minds want to know. And so does mine.

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)

From: "Who's Jews in the Marvel & DC Universe?", 20 December 2005 on the Orthodox Union website (OU.ORG - Your Gateway to the Jewish Internet) (; viewed 20 December 2005):

The Thing may be the heaviest hitter to announce his Jewish roots, but he's far from alone. There are plenty of fellow Israelites in tights to join him at the Seder table... There are others. Marvel also has a Golem, plus Prime,... Volcana, Legion and more.

This character is in the following 17 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Fantastic Four Annual #23 (1990): "Cast in Fire, Carved in Stone"
Marvel Comics Presents (vol. 1) #88 (Early Nov. 1991): "Shopping" (lead character)
Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars
Secret Wars II

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