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Captain America (vol. 1) #215 (Nov. 1977):
“The Way It Really Was!”
by Roy Thomas, George Tuska, Pablo Marcos

Captain America (vol. 1) #215

Title: “The Way It Really Was!”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Nov. 1977

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Roy Thomas
Art by: George Tuska, Pablo Marcos


44 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
Nazis Nazis villain group real/historical person
CBR Scale: D Nazi
[generic WWII Nazis] Timely Marvel, etc. 4,222
Winter Soldier Bucky (Bucky Barnes)
(pg. 8-10)
hero
CBR Scale: U Protestant (nominal)
The Avengers; The Invaders...  Marvel Timely 395
Iron Man Iron Man (Tony Stark)
(cover & 3-panel cameo, pg. 14, 16)
hero
CBR Scale: I futurist; technophile; mostly secular; sometimes prays; Alcoholics Anonymous
The Avengers; Force Works...  Marvel 5,673
Red Skull Red Skull (Johann Schmidt)
(cover & 3-panel cameo, pg. 9, 15, 17)
villain
CBR Scale: D Nazi
HYDRA; The People's Militia... 
[Captain America's arch-nemy]
Marvel 298
The Sub-Mariner The Sub-Mariner (Namor)
(cover & 2-panel cameo, pg. 9, 13)
hero
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean; The Avengers...  Marvel 1,864
Vision Vision
(cover & 1-panel cameo, pg. 16, panel 3)
hero
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: M synthezoid; Catholic (temporary)
The Avengers; A-Next...  Marvel 1,393
Human Torch Human Torch (Jim Hammond)
(cover & 1-panel cameo, pg. 9, panel 2)
hero
CBR Scale: I N.A.
The Invaders; Heroes for Hire...  Marvel Timely 497
Agent 13 Agent 13 (Sharon Carter)
(cover & 1-panel cameo, pg. 16, panel 2)
supporting character hero
CBR Scale: S Christian (denomination
unknown)
S.H.I.E.L.D.; Femme Force Marvel 262
Spitfire Spitfire (Jacqueline Falsworth)
(cover & 1-panel cameo, pg. 9, panel 2)
hero
  The Hellfire Club; The Invaders...  Marvel 127
Black Panther Black Panther (T'Challa)
(only on cover)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M African primal-indigenous
religion; Black Panther Cult
(leader)
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers...  Marvel 786
The Grand Director Captain America (William Burnside)
(7-panel cameo, pg. 12-13, 16)
villain hero
CBR Scale: M idolizes Captain America
National Force
[taught history]
Marvel 13
Captain America (William Nasland)
(6-panel cameo, pg. 11-12) 
hero
CBR Scale: S Christian (denomination
unknown)
The Invaders; The All-Winners Squad...  Marvel 15
Heinz Kruger Heinz Kruger
(4-panel cameo, pg. 6, panels 1-4)
villain
CBR Scale: D Nazi
[Captain America's 1st foe; Gestapo spy; killed Dr. Erskine] Marvel Timely 15
Giant-Man Giant-Man (Hank Pym)
(3-panel cameo, pg. 14, panels 1-3)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: U atheist
Commission on Superhuman Activities; The Liberators...  Marvel 1,543
Harry S Truman Harry S Truman
(3-panel cameo, pg. 11, panels 2-4)
supporting character real/historical person
CBR Scale: M Baptist
U.S. Army DC 174
Thor Thor (Donald Blake)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 14, panels 2-3)
hero deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic deity
Asgardian; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,362
Redwing Redwing
(2-panel cameo, pg. 14-15)
hero
CBR Scale: I N.A.
Pet Avengers; falcon
[falcon; partner of Falcon (Sam Wilson)]
Marvel 128
Professor Abraham Erskine Professor Abraham Erskine
(2-panel cameo, pg. 5-6)
supporting character scientist
  [creator of the Super-Soldier Serum] Marvel 96
Sgt. Mike Duffy Sgt. Mike Duffy
(2-panel cameo, pg. 8, panels 1-2)
supporting character
  U.S. Army
[commanding officer of Steven Rogers (Captain America)]
Marvel Timely 7
The Patriot The Patriot (Jeff Mace)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 12, panels 1-2) 
hero
  The Invaders; The All-Winners Squad...  Marvel Timely 89
Scarlet Witch Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 16, panel 3)
hero
CBR Scale: M Gypsy/Roma; ethnic half Jewish; sorceress
The Avengers; A-Next...  Marvel 1,624
A-Bomb Bucky (Rick Jones)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 14, panel 4)
supporting character
  The Avengers (honorary member); The Teen Brigade (leader)...  Marvel 572
HYDRA
(1-panel cameo, pg. 14, panel 4)
villain group
CBR Scale: S HYDRA
[largest worldwide subversive organization] Marvel 283
Nomad Bucky (Jack Monroe)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 13, panel 3)
hero
  Secret Defenders
[sidekick of 1950s Captain America]
Marvel 131
Union Jack Union Jack (Brian Falsworth)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 9, panel 2)
hero
  The Invaders; The All-Winners Squad...  Marvel 35
Toro Toro (Thomas Raymond)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 9, panel 2)
hero
  The Invaders; The All-Winners Squad...  Marvel Timely 311
The Cosmic Cube The Cosmic Cube
(1-panel cameo, pg. 15, panel 2)
supporting character
CBR Scale: S pseudo-cosmic entity
A.I.M. Marvel 10
Red Skull Red Skull (Albert Malik)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 13, panel 2)
villain
CBR Scale: S Communist
[1st app: Young Men (vol. 1) #24 (Dec. 1953)] Marvel 10
Eskimos worshipping Captain America in ice Eskimos worshipping Captain America in ice
(1-panel cameo, pg. 13, panel 5)
supporting character group
CBR Scale: D Inuit
[1st app: The Avengers (vol. 1) #4 (Mar. 1964)] Marvel 10
Adam II's androids
(1-panel cameo, pg. 11, panel 5) 
villain group
CBR Scale: I N.A.
[based on Phineas Horton's designs] Marvel 2
Nick Fury Nick Fury
(mentioned & on cover, pg. 16, panel 3) 
hero
CBR Scale: U secular
S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Howling Commandos...  Marvel 1,898
Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler
(mentioned & on cover, pg. 9, panel 1) 
villain real/historical person
CBR Scale: D Nazi
[1st app: Uma Kaeru (1935)] Shochiku Kinema 1,593
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
(mentioned, pg. 5, panel 1) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 10,664
Nova Nova (Richard Rider)
(mentioned, pg. 5, panel 1) 
hero
  The Defenders; The New Warriors... 
[attended Harry S. Truman High]
Marvel 427
The Devil The Devil (Satan)
(mentioned, pg. 5, panel 1) 
villain real/historical person
CBR Scale: D Devil
[generic Satan/Devil reference or appearance] DC Marvel, etc. 1,024
Peggy Carter Peggy Carter
(mentioned, pg. 16, panel 2) 
supporting character
  S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Avengers (staff)
[Captain America's WWII-era girlfriend; Agent 13's sister]
Marvel 72
Adam II Adam II
(mentioned, pg. 11, panel 5) 
villain
CBR Scale: U manifestly non-religious
[conquered world; significant recurring character] Marvel 2
John Lennon John Lennon
(mentioned, pg. 3) 
supporting character lead character real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Catholic/Anglican; Transcendental Meditation
The Beatles Dell 320
George M. Barnes
(mentioned, pg. 8, panel 3) 
supporting character
  U.S. Army
[Bucky's deceased father]
Marvel 3
Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
(mentioned, pg. 2) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: I Anglican (nominal)
[actor; film director] DC 262
The Beatles The Beatles
(mentioned, pg. 3) 
group real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Transcendental Meditation
[musical group] Associated Television 114
Martin Scorsese Martin Scorsese
(mentioned, pg. 2) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Catholic (lapsed)
[film director] Marvel 298

This issue is a full-length origin issue chronicling Captain America's origin and history up to the present time. The only characters who appear in "the present" are Captain America and his partner, The Falcon, as they recall Cap's past. All other characters who appear in this issue appear only in "flashbacks," mostly in brief cameo appearances.