(January 1968)

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

Nightmare! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Dan Adkins
Inks:
Dan Adkins
Colors:
Marie Severin ?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
Occult; Science fiction
Characters:
Yandroth; Dr. Strange
Reprints:

Nightmare! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Strange / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Dan Adkins (co-plot); Jim Lawrence (co-plot, dialogue)
Pencils:
Dan Adkins
Inks:
Dan Adkins
Colors:
?
Letters:
Al Kurzrok

Genre:
Occult; Science fiction
Characters:
Dr. Strange; Yandroth [Scientist Supreme]; Victoria Bentley (cameo)
Synopsis:
Hurling thru the void of space, Strange sees a vision of Victoria Bentley, surrounded by machinery. So he's taken back when he lands on a jungle planet inhabited by savage, monstrous creatures. He thinks of Clea, who he fears he may never see again. Then, he finds an underground cavern, and inside it, an elaborate machine, from which emits a mental challenge. Yandroth, Scientist Supreme, claims to have unlocked the "inner-most secrets of the cosmos", and intends to make Victoria his queen-- to rule many planets, including, eventually, Earth. Strange refuses to depart, and realizes a challenge of science vs. magic awaits him...
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Indexer Notes

Part 18 of 22; part 1 of Yandroth sequence. Story title misleading; Strange's longtime foe Nightmare does not appear, refers to the "Land Of Nightmares" (as mentioned in previous issue's coming atrractions) or "Nightmare Planet" (on this episode's last page). 1st appearance of Yandroth, Scientist Supreme; continues the trend of science-fiction themes in Dan Adkins' stories. Beginning this issue, lead stories alternate to match alternating covers.

When Comes... Black Noon! (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:
Bill Everett
Colors:
Jim Steranko ?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
Spy
Characters:
The Yellow Claw; Nick Fury; Suwan; Fritz Von Voltzmann; Clipper Charlie: (SHIELD barber); Slim (SHIELD barber); James Bond 007 (cameo); Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]
Synopsis:
At the instant the Claw fired The Ultimate Annihilator at Fury, Suwan teleports him thru "Hyper-Dimensional Space" to the underground lair. She then teleports him to the SHIELD barber shop, where he collapses. In his lair, The Claw tests the Ultimate Annihilator by destroying a satellite in orbit. Mad with power, he plots "the dawn of a new age...and age of vengeance...of darkness and death". SHIELD medics give Fury the once-over in a "Revive Chamber", then warn him that any further stimulation could cause blackouts, blindness or death! Telling them to keep it confidential, Fury follows a tip, using the transparent car and a "Spectre-Suit" (to make him invisible) to trail a Claw agent. During a faked traffic accident, Fury sneaks into the trunk of the agent's car, getting out at their destination and getting the drop on The Claw & Von Voltzmann. But he discovers he's on board "The Sky Dragon", a huge airship miles above the city! Captured, Fury is tied underneath the Ultimate Annihilator, as The Claw prepares to use it to destroy New York City!
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Indexer Notes

Part 6 of 9. The "Revive Chamber" is strikingly similar to the one used to heal Luke Skywalker in the film THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). Ernst Stavro Blofeld would use a laser to destroy satellites in orbit in the 007 film, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971). 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.

["Dear Stan, Stupendous! Colossal! Magnificent!"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Loren MacGregor; John Hoecker; Chuck Turnbull; and Mike Cahlin. Also includes Merry Marvel Marching Society info and coupon.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Nightmare!
    Dr. Strange
  2. 1. Nightmare!
    Dr. Strange
  3. 2. When Comes... Black Noon!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  4. 3. ["Dear Stan, Stupendous! Colossal! Magnificent!"]
    Strange Mails
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bruno Andreacchi
  • Steve Jenner
  • Nick Caputo
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
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