War Machine (Jim Rhodes)

The Religious Affiliation of
War Machine
Jim Rhodes

Religion: Christian (denomination unknown) CBR Scale: I

Name: War Machine

Alter Ego: Jim Rhodes

Other Names: Iron Man II; Rhodey; James Rupert "Jim" Rhodes"; Whiskey Mike

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Iron Man (vol. 1) #118 (Jan. 1979): "At the Mercy of My Friends!"

Creators: Bob Layton, David Michelinie, John Byrne

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

Number of Appearances: 389

   Comic Book Appearances: 355

   TV, Film Appearances: 30

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 4

Teams/Affiliations: Force Works; Initiative: Camp Hammond (staff); Secret Defenders; Stark Industries; The Avengers; The Crew; U.S. Air Force; United States Marine Corps; WorldWatch Inc.

Enemy of: Atom Smasher, Trapster, Mauler

Employer: Rhodes Recovery

Occupation: CEO, pilot, soldier

Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Race: black

Gender: male

War Machine (Jim Rhodes) War Machine (Jim Rhodes)


From: "What religion do superhero's belong to? [sic]" forum discussion, started 18 July 2002 on the Toon Zone website (; viewed 21 May 2007):

07-18-2002, 01:02 PM

What religion do superhero's [sic] belong to?

I'd like to discuss what religious beliefs are favorite costumed hero's belong to. Everyone knows Daredevil is Catholic. But beyond that, what do we know of superhero's beliefs? I'm thinking of mostly the Marvel Universe, but you DC fans feel free to contribute as well...

07-18-2002, 01:30 PM

This is a discussion I've had several times with my friends, and usually I step out of it when it turns offensive. (Which with my friends, it always does!) Thing to remember though that until recently, like the past decade, religion and talks of such were verboten in most main stream comic books. Now that's changed...

Let's see...

Peter [i.e., Spider-Man] is probably Protestant, and Steve Rogers I believe was raised Catholic but later supports his own self-styled beliefs.

Frank Castle was once a Catholic priest... But you could say he "fell from grace" there. The second Ghost Rider, Dan Ketch is also Catholic, whereas Johnny Blaze is Baptist. (That may have changed since I was reading it, but who knows.) Hawkeye is also Baptist too.

I don't think Dr. Steven Strange fits into any religious category.

Bruce Banner is actually a Christian. That's one of the defining points that Peter David brought him. The contradictory nature of science versus soul that Banner goes by. I remember it being an interesting story...

Black Widow is an atheist... And I believe Tony Stark is the same. (But James Rhodes is of faith, but what faith, I'm not certain.)

Daniel "Iron Fist" Rand is a Buddhist and Magneto is Jewish...

This character is in the following 82 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The Avengers
Avengers West Coast
Avengers: The Initiative
Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective
Captain Marvel (vol. 2) #1 (Nov. 1989): "The Dream is the Truth"
Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1 (Mar. 2007)
Darkhawk Annual #1 (Aug. 1992): "Search"
Force Works #12 (June 1995): "Vicious Circle Part 1: Into the Shadows!" (lead character)
Gambit (vol. 5) #13 (July 2013): "A Little Piece of My Heart"
Iron Man
Marvel Comics Presents
Marvel Super Hero Squad (20 Oct. 2009)
Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel Year-in-Review #4 (1992)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (24 Oct. 2006)
The Secret Defenders
Secret Wars II
Tales of the Marvel Universe #1 (Feb. 1997): "War Machine" (lead character)
War Machine

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