The Avengers and the Thunderbolts (1998)
by Pierce Askegren, Mark Bagley, Jeff Albrecht

The Avengers and the Thunderbolts

Medium: novel

Publication date: Dec. 1998

Publisher: Berkley Books
Written by: Pierce Askegren
Art by: Mark Bagley, Jeff Albrecht

53 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers) hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Redeemers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel Timely 5,992
Iron Man Iron Man (Tony Stark) hero
CBR Scale: I futurist; technophile; mostly secular; sometimes prays; Alcoholics Anonymous
Force Works; Illuminati...  Marvel 5,673
Thor Thor (Donald Blake) hero deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic deity
Asgardian; Cosmic Avengers...  Marvel 4,362
Scarlet Witch Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) hero
CBR Scale: M Gypsy/Roma; ethnic half Jewish; sorceress
A-Next; Brotherhood of Mutants...  Marvel 1,624
Hawkeye Hawkeye (Clint Barton) hero
CBR Scale: U Christian (denomination
Chain Gang; The Avengers...  Marvel 1,515
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
Wonder Man Wonder Man (Simon Williams) hero
CBR Scale: I religious
Force Works; Galactic Guardians...  Marvel 788
Vision Vision hero
CBR Scale: MCBR Scale: I synthezoid; Catholic (temporary)
A-Next; Galactic Guardians...  Marvel 1,393
Edwin Jarvis Edwin Jarvis supporting character
CBR Scale: U Anglican
The Avengers (staff) Marvel 669
Moonstone Moonstone (Karla Sofen) villain hero
CBR Scale: U Buddhist
Dark Avengers; Femizons...  Marvel 235
S.H.I.E.L.D. S.H.I.E.L.D. supporting character group
  [government agency; intelligence agency...] Marvel 1,188
HYDRA villain group
[largest worldwide subversive organization] Marvel 283
Citizen V Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo) villain hero
  Redeemers; The Masters of Evil...  Marvel 142
Atlas Atlas (Erik Josten) villain hero
  Emissaries of Evil (Egghead); Initiative...  Marvel 197
MACH-IV MACH-IV (Abner Jenkins) villain hero
  black; Initiative...  Marvel 152
Songbird Songbird (Melissa Joan Gold) villain hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
Femizons; Grapplers...  Marvel 229
Techno Techno (Norbert Ebersol) villain hero
  HYDRA; Initiative...  Marvel 136
Jolt Jolt (Hallie Takahama) hero
  Asian; Redeemers...  Marvel 83
Firestar Firestar (Angelica Jones) hero
CBR Scale: I Catholic
Hellions; Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends...  NBC Marvel 338
Justice Justice (Vance Astrovik) hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish (half)
Counter Force; Initiative: Camp Hammond (staff)...  Marvel 291
Baron Strucker Baron Strucker (Wolfgang von Strucker) villain
CBR Scale: M Nazi; HYDRA (founder)
Blitzkrieg Squad (founder); HYDRA (leader) Marvel 130
Baron Zemo (imposter) (Franz Gruber) villain
CBR Scale: M Nazi
[pilot] Marvel 5
Eins villain
CBR Scale: D Nazi
Blitzkrieg Squad Marvel 1
Svei villain
CBR Scale: D Nazi
Blitzkrieg Squad Marvel 1
S.A.F.E. (Strategic Action For Emergencies) supporting character group
  [government agency] Berkley Books Marvel 11
Colonel Sean Morgan supporting character
  S.A.F.E. (leader) Berkley Books Marvel 4
Agent Joshua Ballard supporting character
  S.A.F.E. Berkley Books Marvel 4
Agent Doug Deeley supporting character
  S.A.F.E.; U.S. Air Force Berkley Books Marvel 4
David Erskine supporting character
  [security guard; business owner] Berkley Books Marvel 2
Drei villain
CBR Scale: D Nazi
Blitzkrieg Squad Marvel 1
Jasper Sitwell Jasper Sitwell
supporting character
CBR Scale: U Latter-day Saint
[1st app: Strange Tales (vol. 1) #144 (May 1966)] Marvel 114
villain based on a real person
[named after cartoonist Richard Corben]
Berkley Books Marvel 1
villain based on a real person
[named after cartoonist Rick Veitch]
Berkley Books Marvel 1
HYDRA Berkley Books Marvel 1
The Fabulous Duff Beer Babes
supporting character
 prob. indeterminate  [model] Fox TV Berkley Books 11
Mr. Oglodytes
supporting character
  [chef] Berkley Books 1
Archibald Nathan
supporting character based on a real person
  [named after author Nathan Archer] Berkley Books Marvel 1
Fred McDowell
supporting character
  [1st app: The Avengers and the Thunderbolts (1998)] Berkley Books Marvel 1
Burton Hildebrandt
  [] Berkley Books Marvel 2
R.B. Hayes
supporting character scientist
  FBI; S.A.F.E. Berkley Books Marvel 3
Dreadnought Dreadnought
(someone disguised or dressed as)
CBR Scale: I N.A.
A.I.M.; HYDRA... 
[robotic combat instrument]
Marvel 20
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
(mentioned, pg. 161)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Secret Defenders; Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends...  Marvel 10,664
Nick Fury Nick Fury
(mentioned, pg. 89, 93) 
CBR Scale: U secular
black; S.H.I.E.L.D....  Marvel 1,898
Mr. Fantastic Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)
(mentioned, pg. 85)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: SCBR Scale: I humanist; portrayed alternatively as explicitly believing in God and as atheist
Fantastic Five; Illuminati...  Marvel 4,661
Magneto Magneto (Erik Magnus Lehnsherr)
(mentioned, pg. 33) 
villain hero scientist
CBR Scale: S Jewish; Gypsy/Roma
Brotherhood of Mutants; Genoshan Excalibur...  Marvel 916
Hercules Hercules
(mentioned, pg. 198)
hero deity
CBR Scale: D Greco-Roman classical religion
Heroes for Hire; Olympian...  DC Marvel 1,029
Norman Osborn Norman Osborn
(mentioned, pg. 109) 
CBR Scale: U manifestly non-religious
Cabal of Scrier (leader); Dark Avengers (leader)...  Marvel 417
A.I.M. A.I.M.
villain group
CBR Scale: S Scientism
[terrorist] Marvel 390
Secret Empire Secret Empire
villain group
  [1st app: Tales to Astonish (vol. 1) #81 (July 1966)] Marvel 120
Chthon Chthon
(mentioned, pg. 33) 
villain deity
CBR Scale: D Elder God
Elder Gods; Gods of Pre-Cataclysmic Era Marvel 13
villain group
CBR Scale: D Communist
[neo-Leninist organization; wants to restore Soviet Union] Marvel Berkley Books 3
Robby the Robot Robby the Robot
(mentioned, pg. 32)
supporting character
CBR Scale: I N.A.
[1st app: Forbidden Planet (1956)] MGM 46
Frederick I Barbarossa Frederick I Barbarossa
(mentioned, pg. 201)
real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Catholic
[king] Marvel 3

The publication date for this novel was December 1998. The official release date was January 1999.

This is a prose novel, but it features chapter heading illustrations by Mark Bagley and Jeff Albrecht. So there is some artwork in this novel, but it is definitely not a comic book.