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Captain America (vol. 1) #174 (June 1974):
“It’s Always Darkest...!”
by Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, Vince Colletta

Captain America (vol. 1) #174

Title: “It’s Always Darkest...!”

Medium: comic

Cover date: June 1974

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Steve Englehart
Art by: Sal Buscema, Vince Colletta


35 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.
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers)
(lead character)
hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; The Invaders...  Marvel Timely 5,992
Falcon Falcon (Sam Wilson) hero
CBR Scale: S Baptist
The Avengers; SHIELD Super-Agents...  Marvel 531
Cyclops Cyclops (Scott Summers) hero
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Protestant; mutant supremacist
X-Men; X-Factor...  Marvel 8,371
Phoenix Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
X-Men; X-Factor...  Marvel 1,905
Professor X Professor X (Charles Xavier) hero scientist
CBR Scale: S religious
X-Men (founder); Genoshan Excalibur...  Marvel 4,999
Gabriel Jones Number 68 (Gabriel Jones)
(details) 
hero
CBR Scale: U Christian (denomination
unknown)
S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Howling Commandos...  Marvel 125
Secret Empire Secret Empire villain group
  [1st app: Tales to Astonish (vol. 1) #81 (July 1966)] Marvel 120
Nefarius Moonstone (Lloyd Bloch) villain
CBR Scale: I Committee To Regain America's
Principles (temporary)
Secret Empire Marvel 10
Number One Number One (Richard Nixon) villain based on a real person
CBR Scale: I Quaker
Secret Empire (leader) Marvel 4
Number Nine Number Nine (Linda Donaldson) villain
  Secret Empire Marvel 7
Number 13 villain
  Secret Empire Marvel 3
Number 16 (Mr. Black) villain
  Secret Empire Marvel 2
Committee To Regain America's Principles Committee To Regain America's Principles villain group
CBR Scale: M Committee To Regain America's
Principles
Secret Empire
[launched smear campaign against Captain America]
Marvel 5
Angel Angel (Warren Worthington III)
(5-panel cameo, pg. 12-15)
hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
The Champions; X-Men...  Marvel 1,741
The Beast The Beast (Hank McCoy)
(4-panel cameo, pg. 12-15)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Episcopalian; agnostic
The Avengers; X-Men...  Marvel 5,233
Quentin Harderman Quentin Harderman
(3-panel cameo, pg. 2, 11)
villain
CBR Scale: S Committee To Regain America's
Principles (leader)
Secret Empire (ally) Marvel 6
Frank
(3-panel cameo, pg. 10-11)
supporting character
  [morning talk show host] Marvel 1
Iceman Iceman (Bobby Drake)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 12, 14)
hero
CBR Scale: I Jewish Catholic
The Champions; X-Men...  Marvel 1,752
Polaris Lorna Dane
(2-panel cameo, pg. 12-14)
hero
CBR Scale: I Jewish Catholic
X-Men; X-Factor... 
[studied geophysics in college]
Marvel 464
Mastermind Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 12-14)
villain
CBR Scale: S mutant supremacist
Secret Empire; Brotherhood of Mutants...  Marvel 140
Unus the Untouchable Unus the Untouchable (Angelo Unuscione)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 12-14)
villain
CBR Scale: S mutant supremacist
Brotherhood of Mutants; Factor Three Marvel 69
Miss Kearny
(2-panel cameo, pg. 10-11)
supporting character
 prob. indeterminate  [flirted with Moonstone (Lloyd Bloch) on talk show] Marvel 1
Banshee Banshee (Sean Cassidy)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 2, panel 6) 
hero
CBR Scale: S Catholic
X-Men; Generation X (teacher)...  Marvel 1,340
Magneto Magneto (Erik Magnus Lehnsherr)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 14, panel 4) 
villain hero scientist
CBR Scale: S Jewish; Gypsy/Roma
X-Men; Genoshan Excalibur...  Marvel 916
Havok Havok (Alex Summers)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 12)
hero
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
Magistrates; X-Men... 
[Cyclops' brother]
Marvel 592
Blob Blob (Fred J. Dukes)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 13)
villain hero
CBR Scale: S mutant supremacist
Brotherhood of Mutants; X-Corps...  Marvel 403
Mesmero Mesmero (Vincent)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 12)
villain
CBR Scale: S mutant supremacist
Weapon X; The Demi-Men
[stage hypnotist]
Marvel 54
Number Eight
(1-panel cameo, pg. 7, panel 2)
villain
  Secret Empire Marvel 4
Brand Corporation Brand Corporation
(1-panel cameo, pg. 3, panel 2)
villain group
  [criminally-run subsidiary of Roxxon] Marvel 37
Tumbler Tumbler (John Robert Keane)
(corpse, pg. 2, panel 3) 
villain
CBR Scale: I Committee To Regain America's
Principles (temporary)
Secret Empire Marvel 5
Peggy Carter Peggy Carter
(behind the scenes) 
supporting character
  S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Avengers (staff)
[Captain America's WWII-era girlfriend; Agent 13's sister]
Marvel 72
S.H.I.E.L.D. S.H.I.E.L.D.
(mentioned, pg. 8, panel 3) 
supporting character group
  [government agency; intelligence agency...] Marvel 1,188
Redwing Redwing
(mentioned, pg. 10, panel 6) 
hero
CBR Scale: I N.A.
Pet Avengers; falcon
[falcon; partner of Falcon (Sam Wilson)]
Marvel 128
Richard Nixon Richard Nixon
(mentioned, pg. 4, 11) 
hero real/historical person
CBR Scale: I Quaker
X Presidents (ally) NBC Random House 504
Viper Viper (Jordan Dixon)
(mentioned, pg. 11, panel 4) 
villain
CBR Scale: S activist; Committee To Regain
America's Principles
(temporary)
Secret Empire; Crime Wave...  Marvel 10