(July 1967)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age and Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

The Sands of Death! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Marie Severin
Inks:
Herb Trimpe ?
Colors:
Stan Goldberg ?; Marie Severin ?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Living Tribunal; Dr. Strange
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Severin colors per Nick Caputo, who notes that Marie has mentioned in interviews that she usually colored most of the work she drew. Possible Trimpe inks per Nick Caputo. previous indexer credited Bill Everett or Marie Severin.

Final Encounter! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Jim Steranko ?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Supreme Hydra [Baron Strucker]; Nick Fury; HYDRA; Laura Brown
Synopsis:
The battle between Fury & Strucker continues, with the "Satan Claw" electrifying the floor, until Fury manages to get it off Strucker's hand. But surrounded by HYDRA thugs, Fury dives into a pit of water, and after not emerging for 5 minutes is presumed dead. Big mistake-- as Fury had used an oxygen pellet to wait out the thugs, then raced ahead of Strucker. Minutes later, as HYDRA thugs enter the room, they discover 2 Struckers! One of them is revealed to be wearing a mask, panics, and winds up incinerated in an "Alpha-Particle Reactor Cube". The other orders Laura put aboard the Dyna-Soar, and he takes off from Hydra Island, despite the imminent detonation of The Death Spore bomb. Surprise-- it's Fury, who used Strucker's "face-changing gizmo" to disguise both himself and Strucker, to fool the guards. He also reveals that when he left the Heli-Carrier, he brought the bomb WITH him, even though at the time he didn't know what it was. It detonates, and thanks to the impenetrable dome, only Hydra Island and all within are wiped off the face of the Earth! Fury heads for NYC, as the rising sun seems to signal "new hope".
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Indexer Notes

Part 9 of 9. Although HYDRA's leader and main base were destroyed, their branch organization, A.I.M., resurfaced the very next month against Captain America in TALES OF SUSPENSE #92 (August 1967). HYDRA itself would return in CAPTAIN AMERICA #110 (February 1969). Baron Strucker would appear to return, without explanation, in the guise of "The Hood" in CAPTAIN AMERICA #131 (November 1970); however, this was proved to be only a robot in CAPTAIN AMERICA #247 (July 1980). Baron Strucker remained dead for 24 years, until he was brought back to life in NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #20 (February 1991). HYDRA's formation by Baron Strucker would be revealed in flashback in CAPTAIN SAVAGE #2-4 (March-July 1968). In the introduction to Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury Agent of Shield Volume 2 Steranko says he took over the color chores with Strange Tales # 165.

The Sands of Death (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Marie Severin (co-plot); Roy Thomas (co-plot, dialogue)
Pencils:
Marie Severin
Inks:
Herb Trimpe
Colors:
Marie Severin ?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Living Tribunal; Dr. Strange
Synopsis:
The Living Tribunal announces that because Strange has unleashed upon the cosmos a menace to "worlds beyond worlds", Earth must be destroyed. Before he can recite the "Incantation of Oblivion", he recounts the events leading up to his decision, agreed upon by his 3 faces of Equity, Revenge & Necessity. He explains that the equilibrium of mystic powers has been upset, the framework of infinity "rent asunder". Throughout the Earth, latent mystic powers have begun to grow, and due to Zom's evil nature, it is evil's side they favor, and before long, they will unite. Strange challenges the Tribunal to allow him to deal with the menace, as he has always waged battle with the forces of darkness. Proving himself by restoring his Cloak of Levitation (burned to a cinder by Zom), Strange is granted a reprieve-- but only for the time it takes the "Sands of Death" to run out of "The Glass Of Doom", which The Tribunal produces and upends, setting it down in the middle of Stonehenge. Strange departs to dispel the menace-- wondering if he'll be able to succeed in time...
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Indexer Notes

Part 12 of 22; part 1 of the Living Tribunal sequence.

["Dear Stan, In the past Bullpen Bulletin..."] (Table of Contents)

Strange Mails / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Jose Medina; Bill Mantlo; Larry Good; and Michael Esterson. Also includes Merry Marvel Marching Society info and coupon, as well as 26 more MMMS members.

Editing
This Issue is currently being edited by Nick Caputo (since 2014-10-29, last edit 2014-10-29)

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Sands of Death!
    Dr. Strange
  2. 1. Final Encounter!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. The Sands of Death
    Dr. Strange
  4. 3. ["Dear Stan, In the past Bullpen Bulletin..."]
    Strange Mails
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bruno Andreacchi
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Jenner
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Henry R. Kujawa
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers