Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions #2 (July 1982):
“And the Game Begins..!”
by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant, John Romita Jr., etc.

Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions #2

Title: “And the Game Begins..!”

Medium: comic

Cover date: July 1982

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant
Art by: John Romita Jr., Pablo Marcos

37 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Death The Unknown
(lead character)
supporting character deity
CBR Scale: D cosmic entity
[embodies death/mortality] Marvel 587
The Grandmaster The Grandmaster (En Dwi Gast)
(lead character)
CBR Scale: D quasi-cosmic entity w/ personal obsession
Elders of the Universe Marvel 71
Iron Man Iron Man (Tony Stark) hero
CBR Scale: I futurist; technophile; mostly secular; sometimes prays; Alcoholics Anonymous
Force Works; Illuminati...  Marvel 5,673
Daredevil Daredevil (Matt Murdock) hero
CBR Scale: M Catholic
Marvel Knights; Weapon X (Exiles) Marvel 1,801
Invisible Woman Invisible Girl (Susan Storm Richards) hero
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian
Lady Liberators; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,069
She-Hulk She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) hero
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown) - nominal
Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg-ampersand-Holliway; Heroes for Hire...  Marvel 952
Captain Britain Captain Britain (Brian Braddock) hero
CBR Scale: I Anglican (nominal); mystical
Excalibur Marvel UK Marvel 365
Iron Fist Iron Fist (Danny Rand) hero
CBR Scale: M Tibetan (K'un L'un) Buddhism
Heroes for Hire; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 672
Arabian Knight Arabian Knight (Abdul Qamar) hero
CBR Scale: M Sunni Muslim (Bedouin)
Arab; Desert Sword...  Marvel 30
Sunfire Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida) villain hero
CBR Scale: U Shinto
Asian; Big Hero 6...  Marvel 259
Sabra Sabra (Ruth Bat-Seraph) hero
CBR Scale: M Jewish
The Mutant Underground; X-Corporation Marvel 59
Talisman Talisman hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D Australian Aboriginal religion
Aboriginal Australian Marvel 7
Defensor Defensor (Gabriel Sepulveda) hero
  Hispanic Marvel 5
Darkstar Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna) hero
CBR Scale: S Communist Party member; Christian (denomination unknown)
Exiles (Russian); Republican Guard...  Marvel 116
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Secret Defenders; Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends...  Marvel 10,664
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers)
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Redeemers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel Timely 5,992
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
Hulkbusters; Pantheon...  Marvel 4,551
Thor Thor (Donald Blake)
hero deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic deity
Asgardian; Cosmic Avengers...  Marvel 4,362
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange (Dr. Stephen Strange)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D occult
Illuminati; Midnight Sons...  Marvel 1,687
The Thing The Thing (Ben Grimm)
CBR Scale: S Jewish
Fantastic Five; The Avengers...  Marvel 5,017
Human Torch Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
Fantastic Five; Fantastic Force...  Marvel 4,393
The Beast The Beast (Hank McCoy)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Episcopalian; agnostic
Academy of Tomorrow; Brotherhood of Mutants...  Marvel 5,233
Angel Angel (Warren Worthington III)
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
Academy of Tomorrow; Horsemen of Apocalypse...  Marvel 1,741
Wolverine Wolverine (James Howlett / Logan)
CBR Scale: S raised Protestant; sometimes atheist; has practiced Buddhism; skeptical seeker
Alpha Flight; Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy...  Marvel 10,615
Storm Storm (Ororo Munroe)
CBR Scale: M Goddess worship
black; Lady Liberators...  Marvel 5,068
Black Panther Black Panther (T'Challa)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M African primal-indigenous
religion; Black Panther Cult
black; Fantastic Force...  Marvel 786
Falcon Falcon (Sam Wilson)
CBR Scale: S Baptist
black; SHIELD Super-Agents...  Marvel 531
Vision Vision
CBR Scale: MCBR Scale: I synthezoid; Catholic (temporary)
A-Next; Galactic Guardians...  Marvel 1,393
Luke Cage Luke Cage
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
black; Heroes for Hire... 
[formerly owned a bar and theater]
Marvel 951
Guardian Guardian (James MacDonald Hudson)
  Alpha Flight Marvel 131
Sasquatch Sasquatch (Dr. Walter Langkowski)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Jewish
Alpha Flight; Omega Flight Marvel 327
Black Bolt Black Bolt (Blackagar Boltagon)
CBR Scale: M Inhuman religion
Illuminati; Inhuman Royal Family...  Marvel 505
Collective Man Collective Man (Han, Chang, Lin, Sun and Ho Tao-Yu)
CBR Scale: S Maoist Communist
3-Peace; Asian...  Marvel 26
Shamrock Shamrock (Molly Fitzgerald)
CBR Scale: S Catholic
[] Marvel 13
Blitzkrieg Blitzkrieg (Franz Mittelstaedt)
  Schutz Heiligruppe Marvel 11
Vanguard Vanguard (Nikolai Krylenko)
CBR Scale: S Communist
Exiles (Russian); Siberforce...  Marvel 56
El Aguila El Aguila (Alejandro Montoya)
(behind the scenes)
CBR Scale: S Catholic
[] Marvel 16