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Alpha Flight (vol. 1) #40 (Nov. 1986):
“Love”
by Bill Mantlo, Dave Ross, Whilce Portacio

Alpha Flight (vol. 1) #40

Title: “Love”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Nov. 1986

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Bill Mantlo
Art by: Dave Ross, Whilce Portacio


53 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.
The Sub-Mariner The Sub-Mariner (Namor) hero
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean; The Avengers...  Marvel 1,864
Shaman Talisman (Michael Twoyoungmen) hero
CBR Scale: M Native American shamanism
(Sarcee)
Alpha Flight; Native American Marvel 187
Northstar Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier) hero
CBR Scale: S Catholic; LGBT; Quebecois separatist terrorist (former)
X-Men; Alpha Flight... 
[skier]
Marvel 284
Aurora Aurora (Jeanne-Marie Beaubier) hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M Catholic nun
X-Men; Alpha Flight...  Marvel 211
Marrina Marrina (Marrina Smallwood) hero
CBR Scale: M alien
Plodex; Alpha Flight...  Marvel 64
Puck Puck (Eugene Judd) hero
CBR Scale: I religious
Alpha Flight; Beta Flight Marvel 209
Snowbird Snowbird (Narya) hero deity
CBR Scale: D Inuit demi-goddess
Alpha Flight; First Flight Marvel 115
Vindicator Vindicator (Heather Hudson) hero
CBR Scale: S Catholic
Alpha Flight; Alpha Prime Marvel 249
Box Madison Jeffries hero
  Alpha Flight; Weapon X...  Marvel 74
Box Box (Roger Bochs) villain hero
  Alpha Flight; Beta Flight...  Marvel 40
Atlanteans Atlanteans supporting character group
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
[hidden race] Marvel DC 165
Byrrah Byrrah villain
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean Marvel 3
Plodex Plodex
(details) 
villain group
CBR Scale: I alien
[alien race] Marvel 18
Dan Smallwood supporting character
  [raised with Marrina; Tom, Gladys Smallwood's grandson] Marvel 6
Gladys Smallwood supporting character
  [Marrina's adoptive mother] Marvel 3
Black Knight Black Knight (Dane Whitman)
(flashback cameo)
hero
CBR Scale: S Christian (medieval)
The Avengers; Heroes for Hire...  Marvel 430
Hercules Hercules
(flashback cameo)
hero deity
CBR Scale: D Greco-Roman classical religion
The Champions; The Avengers...  DC Marvel 1,029
Guardian Guardian (James MacDonald Hudson)
(flashback cameo)
hero
  Alpha Flight Marvel 131
Sasquatch Sasquatch (Dr. Walter Langkowski)
(flashback cameo)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Jewish
Alpha Flight; Omega Flight Marvel 327
Talisman Talisman (Elizabeth Twoyoungmen)
(cameo)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M Native American shamanism
(Sarcee)
Alpha Flight; Beta Flight...  Marvel 91
Lord Vashti Lord Vashti
(cameo)
supporting character
CBR Scale: R Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean
[Grand Vizier of Atlantis; very loyal to Namor]
Marvel 94
The Master of the World The Master of the World (Eshu)
(flashback cameo)
villain
CBR Scale: S primal-indigenous; fundamentalist environmentalist
[would-be conqueror] Marvel 35
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers)
(cover & 1-panel cameo) 
hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; The Invaders...  Marvel Timely 5,992
The Wasp The Wasp (Janet van Dyne)
(cover & 1-panel cameo) 
hero
CBR Scale: U Dutch Reformed (nominal); atheist
The Avengers; Lady Liberators...  Marvel 1,339
Photon Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau)
(cover & 1-panel cameo) 
hero
  The Avengers; Nextwave...  Marvel 256
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
(only on cover)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 10,664
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
(only on cover)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
The Avengers; The Defenders...  Marvel 4,551
Iron Man Iron Man (Tony Stark)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: I futurist; technophile; mostly secular; sometimes prays; Alcoholics Anonymous
The Avengers; Force Works...  Marvel 5,673
Thor Thor (Donald Blake)
(only on cover)
hero deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic deity
Asgardian; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,362
Daredevil Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: M Catholic
Weapon X (Exiles); Marvel Knights Marvel 1,801
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange (Dr. Stephen Strange)
(only on cover)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D occult
The Avengers; The Defenders...  Marvel 1,687
The Thing The Thing (Ben Grimm)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
U.S. Air Force; The Fantastic Four...  Marvel 5,017
Human Torch Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
The Fantastic Four; Fantastic Force...  Marvel 4,393
Mr. Fantastic Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)
(only on cover)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: SCBR Scale: I humanist; portrayed alternatively as explicitly believing in God and as atheist
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,661
Invisible Woman Invisible Woman (Susan Storm Richards)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,069
Cyclops Cyclops (Scott Summers)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Protestant; mutant supremacist
X-Men; X-Factor...  Marvel 8,371
The Beast The Beast (Hank McCoy)
(only on cover)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Episcopalian; agnostic
The Avengers; X-Men...  Marvel 5,233
Phoenix Marvel Girl (Jean Grey)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
X-Men; X-Factor...  Marvel 1,905
Iceman Iceman (Bobby Drake)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: I Jewish Catholic
The Champions; X-Men...  Marvel 1,752
Angel Angel (Warren Worthington III)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
The Champions; X-Men...  Marvel 1,741
Wolverine Wolverine (James Howlett / Logan)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: S raised Protestant; sometimes atheist; has practiced Buddhism; skeptical seeker
The Avengers; X-Men...  Marvel 10,615
Storm Storm (Ororo Munroe)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: M Goddess worship
Morlocks (leader); The Fantastic Four...  Marvel 5,068
Nightcrawler Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
(only on cover)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M Catholic (raised Gypsy/Roma)
X-Men; Excalibur...  Marvel 4,345
Colossus Colossus (Peter Rasputin)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: I Communist atheist (former)
X-Men; Excalibur...  Marvel 4,122
Kitty Pryde Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
S.H.I.E.L.D.; X-Men...  Marvel 3,128
Rogue Rogue (Anna Marie)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: S Southern Baptist
X-Men; Brotherhood of Mutants Marvel 3,526
Scarlet Witch Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: M Gypsy/Roma; ethnic half Jewish; sorceress
The Avengers; A-Next...  Marvel 1,624
Hawkeye Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: U Christian (denomination
unknown)
The Avengers; The Great Lakes Avengers...  Marvel 1,515
Vision Vision
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: M synthezoid; Catholic (temporary)
The Avengers; A-Next...  Marvel 1,393
She-Hulk She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown) - nominal
S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Fantastic Four...  Marvel 952
Ant-Man Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
(only on cover)
villain hero
CBR Scale: S repentant
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers...  Marvel 120
Luke Cage Power Man (Luke Cage)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown)
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers... 
[formerly owned a bar and theater]
Marvel 951
Marvel Girl Phoenix (Rachel Grey)
(only on cover)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian (born); future
self: founder of Askani
religion
X-Men; Excalibur...  Marvel 358

The cover of this issue features a special border that was used on most every Marvel comic published this month, a border commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Marvel Comics. The border is the same on every comic and features numerous Marvel super-heroes, none of which have anything to do with the internal story (except for Puck and a few cameo appearances of other characters). The border features the following characters, starting from the top left, down to the bottom up to the top right: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), the Hulk (Bruce Banner), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Namor the Sub-Mariner, Captain America (Steve Rogers), The Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Puck (Eugene Judd), Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Rogue, Wolverine (Logan), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Iceman (Bobby Drake), Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Angel (Warren Worthington III), the Beast (Hank McCoy), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), the Vision, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Power Man (Luke Cage), the Thing (Ben Grimm), She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Invisible Woman (Susan Storm Richards), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Thor.