The Defenders (vol. 1) #40 (Oct. 1976):
“Love, Anarchy and, Oh Yes... the Assassin!”
by Steve Gerber, Sal Buscema, Klaus Janson

The Defenders (vol. 1) #40

Title: “Love, Anarchy and, Oh Yes... the Assassin!”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Oct. 1976

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Steve Gerber
Art by: Sal Buscema, Klaus Janson

16 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner) hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
Hulkbusters; Pantheon...  Marvel 4,551
Daredevil Matt Murdock hero
CBR Scale: M Catholic
Marvel Knights; Weapon X (Exiles) Marvel 1,801
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange (Dr. Stephen Strange) hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D occult
Illuminati; Midnight Sons...  Marvel 1,687
Luke Cage Luke Cage hero
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
black; Heroes for Hire... 
[formerly owned a bar and theater]
Marvel 951
Clea hero
CBR Scale: S occult
The Defenders
[disciple/former girlfriend of Doctor Strange]
Marvel 222
Valkyrie Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) hero
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic paganism
The Defenders
[former Chooser of the Slain]
Marvel 325
Nighthawk Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond) hero
  Redeemers (Earth-712); Redeemers...  Marvel 361
Red Guardian Red Guardian (Tania Belinskya) hero
CBR Scale: S Communist Party member
The Defenders
[former adventurer, dissident champion; neurosurgeon]
Marvel 39
Wong Wong supporting character
CBR Scale: S Tibetan Buddhism; occult
[house servant of Doctor Strange] Marvel 333
Jack Norriss Jack Norriss supporting character
CBR Scale: S Cult of the Nameless One
S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Defenders (ally)
[husband of Barbara Norriss (Valkyrie)]
Marvel 41
Elf with a Gun Elf with a Gun villain
CBR Scale: D elf
[1st app: The Defenders (vol. 1) #25 (July 1975)] Marvel 15
Senator Winthrop supporting character
  [U.S. Senator] Marvel 1
Mrs. Rosenzweig supporting character
CBR Scale: D anti-Communist
[member of the Committee for Free Emigration] Marvel 1
Citizens for Free Emigration supporting character group
CBR Scale: D anti-Communist
[objected to Red Guardian being on Defenders team] Marvel 1
The Assassin The Assassin villain
CBR Scale: U anti-Communist
[worked for anti-Communist group] Marvel 1
Celestial Mind Control Movement Celestial Mind Control Movement
(behind the scenes)
villain group
CBR Scale: D Celestial Mind Control
[religious group founded by Nebulon] Marvel 6