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Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual ‘97 (1997):
“It’s Always Darkest...”
by Kurt Busiek, Tom Lyle, Robert Jones

Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual '97

Title: “It’s Always Darkest...”

Medium: comic

Cover date: 1997

Publisher: Marvel

Written by: Kurt Busiek

Art by: Tom Lyle, Robert Jones


40 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
(lead character)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends; Weapon X (Exiles)...  Marvel 10,664
Sundown Sundown (Dr. David Patrick Lowell)
(lead character)
villain scientist
  [scientist] Marvel 3
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers) hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Invaders; Redeemers...  Marvel Timely 5,992
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner) hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
The Avengers; Pantheon...  Marvel 4,551
Iron Man Iron Man (Tony Stark) hero
CBR Scale: I futurist; technophile; mostly
secular; sometimes prays;
Alcoholics Anonymous
Illuminati; Weapon X (Exiles)...  Marvel 5,673
Thor Thor (Donald Blake) hero deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic deity
The Avengers; Thor Corps...  Marvel 4,362
Daredevil Daredevil (Matt Murdock) hero
CBR Scale: M Catholic
Marvel Knights; Weapon X (Exiles) Marvel 1,801
The Sub-Mariner The Sub-Mariner (Namor) hero
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
The Cabal; Dark X-Men...  Marvel 1,864
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange (Dr. Stephen Strange) hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D occult
The Avengers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 1,687
Giant-Man Giant-Man (Hank Pym) hero scientist
CBR Scale: U atheist
The Avengers; The Liberators...  Marvel 1,543
The Thing The Thing (Ben Grimm) hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation; Fantastic Five...  Marvel 5,017
Human Torch Human Torch (Johnny Storm) hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
Fantastic Force; Metro College...  Marvel 4,393
Mr. Fantastic Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) hero scientist
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S humanist; portrayed
alternatively as explicitly
believing in God and as
atheist
The Fantastic Four; Fantastic Five...  Marvel 4,661
Invisible Woman Invisible Girl (Susan Storm Richards) hero
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian
The Avengers; Lady Liberators...  Marvel 4,069
Cyclops Cyclops (Scott Summers) hero
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Protestant; mutant supremacist
Summers Rebellion; Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy...  Marvel 2,604
The Beast The Beast (Hank McCoy) hero scientist
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Episcopalian; agnostic
X-Men; X-Club...  Marvel 5,233
Phoenix Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
Metro College; X-Men...  Marvel 1,905
Iceman Iceman (Bobby Drake) hero
CBR Scale: I Jewish Catholic
X-Men; The Twelve...  Marvel 1,752
Angel Angel (Warren Worthington III) hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
X-Men; X-Club...  Marvel 1,741
Aunt May Aunt May supporting character
CBR Scale: S Protestant
[raised Peter Parker (Spider-Man)] Marvel 1,368
J. Jonah Jameson J. Jonah Jameson supporting character
CBR Scale: M hates Spider-Man
[Peter Parker's boss; Spider-Man's denouncer] Marvel 1,719
The Wasp The Wasp (Janet van Dyne) hero
CBR Scale: U Dutch Reformed (nominal);
atheist
Lady Liberators; The Ultimates...  Marvel 1,339
Venom Flash Thompson supporting character
CBR Scale: I Alcoholics Anonymous
U.S. Army Marvel 718
Edwin Jarvis Edwin Jarvis supporting character
CBR Scale: U Anglican
The Avengers (staff) Marvel 669
Red Hulk Thunderbolt Ross supporting character villain hero
CBR Scale: I Catholic; atheist
The Offenders; U.S. Air Force...  Marvel 350
Norman Osborn Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) villain
CBR Scale: U manifestly non-religious
The Thunderbolts (leader); Cabal of Scrier (leader)... 
[Foe of: Spider-Man (arch-enemy)]
Marvel 417
Foggy Nelson Foggy Nelson supporting character
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
[law partner of Matt Murdock (Daredevil)] Marvel 488
Karen Page Karen Page supporting character
  [was Daredevil's longtime girlfriend] Marvel 223
Harry Osborn Harry Osborn supporting character
CBR Scale: I resurrected
[Peter Parker's best friend; Green Goblin's son] Marvel 607
Rescue Pepper Potts supporting character hero
  The Order Marvel 324
Wong Wong supporting character
CBR Scale: S Tibetan Buddhism; occult
[house servant of Doctor Strange] Marvel 333
Happy Hogan Happy Hogan supporting character
  [married Pepper Potts] Marvel 201
Betty Brant Betty Brant supporting character
CBR Scale: I Students of Love (temporary)
[former girlfriend of Peter Parker (Spider-Man)] Marvel 612
Liz Allan Liz Allan supporting character
  [longtime friend of Peter Parker] Marvel 429
Jason Ionello Jason Ionello supporting character
  Midtown High School
[designed Bluebird's costume, weapons]
Marvel 40
Mary Kelleher Mary Kelleher supporting character scientist
  [botanist; assistant] Marvel 2
Professor X Professor X (Charles Xavier)
(cameo)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: S religious
Genoshan Excalibur; X-Men (founder)...  Marvel 4,999
Red She-Hulk Betty Ross
(cameo)
supporting character
CBR Scale: S Catholic (former novitiate)
Home Base; Team... 
[girlfriend (later wife) of Dr. Bruce Banner (the Hulk)]
Marvel 463
Citizen V Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo)
(cameo)
villain hero
  Thunderbolts (Counter-Earth); Redeemers...  Marvel 142
Jane Foster Jane Foster
(cameo)
supporting character
  Secret Avengers (staff)
[nurse/girlfriend of Donald Blake (Thor)]
Marvel 341

Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual '97 is also known as: Untold Tales of Spider-Man '97. The title logo on the cover of this publication reads: Untold Tales of Spider-Man '97.