Silverclaw (Maria de Guadalupe Santiago)

The Religious Affiliation of
Maria de Guadalupe Santiago

Religion: Catholic / Incan/Kamekeri polytheism CBR Scale: M

Name: Silverclaw

Alter Ego: Maria de Guadalupe Santiago

Other Names: Daughter of the Volcano God; La Garra Argentado; La Garra Plata; Silvercrow

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: The Avengers (vol. 3) #8 (Sep. 1998): "Turbulence!"

Creators: Kurt Busiek, George Pérez, Al Vey

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

Number of Appearances: 44

Teams/Affiliations: Initiative; The Avengers

Race: Hispanic

Gender: female

Note: Silverclaw was pictured in the back row (about the 6th person from the left) on a wraparound cover spread picture featuring Marvel characters taking part in the Initiative. This was the cover for Avengers: The Initiative #1. Note that on the "map" to the picture provided on Marve's official website - the map which listed all of the characters depicted - Silverclaw is incorrectly identified as "Silvercrow."


From: "Atheist representation on the Avengers" forum discussion, started 20 June 2001 on the Comic Boards website (; viewed 24 May 2007):

Posted by Jae on Wednesday, June 20 2001 at 11:07:15 GMT

Atheist representation on the Avengers

The teams pretty well rounded now, but are there any atheistic members?...


Posted by D-Man on Wednesday, June 20 2001 at 20:10:53 GMT

...Probably the best comic you could find to figure out who believes in a God or a god, or has deep faith in God or a god would be:

Infinity Crusade
The Goddess uses the heroes' faith and belief in gods and such to recruit heroes.

Here are a list of Avengers who are "believers" so are recruited by the Goddess:
Living Lightning
Black Knight
Invisible Woman
Wonder Man
Captain America
Scarlet Witch
Moon Knight

...Other Avengers I'm guessing might be "believers":
Silver Claw [i.e., Silverclaw]

All other Avengers are up in the air.

This character is in the following 19 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The Avengers: Celestial Quest
Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1 (Mar. 2007)
Maximum Security
The Order (vol. 1) #5 (Aug. 2002): "Blinded by Science" (cameo)
Thunderbolts (vol. 1) #57 (Dec. 2001): "Storm Clouds Gathering" (cameo)

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