(April 1968)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1968
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Inks:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Colors:
Jim Steranko ?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Dum Dum Dugan; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]; Gabe Jones; Nick Fury; The Gaff [Sidney E. Levine]; Clay Quartermain
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Advertised in previous issue's coming attactions box as "Mighty Marvel's first venture into psychedelic artwork." Nick Fury is a dead ringer for Burt Lancaster (Steranko's favorite actor) on this cover.

Armageddon! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
Jim Steranko
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Jimmy Woo; Suwan (deceased); The Yellow Claw; Nick Fury; Clay Quartermain; Dum Dum Dugan; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]; The Gaff [Sidney E. Levine]; The Prime Mover (chess robot); Dr. Doom
Synopsis:
While Jimmy Woo cradles the body of Suwan in his arms a SHIELD Suicide Squad bursts in via The Dreadnought, a colossal tunneling machine. The Claw vanishes but Fury uses a Pseudo-Elliptoid Wrist Tracer to find him, but arrives just as the villain escapes into the Space-Time Continuum in an Infinity Sphere. Fury finds a Prototype Warp-Vest and follows The Claw as they have a psychic duel. Fury wins and uses The Satan Claw to peel open The Claw's armor, only to discover he was actually a robot. Unknown to SHIELD Dr. Doom was playing a cosmic chess game using automatons to confound the agents.
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Indexer Notes

Part 9 of 9. Features comics' 1st 4-page spread (requiring 2 issues side-by-side for full effect). SHIELD's invading The Yellow Claw's underground HQ pays tribute to the climax of the film YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967) with the heroes coming thru the floor instead of the ceiling. SHIELD's Dreadnought, which takes its name (ironically) from the HYDRA killer robot is in the tradition of tunneling machines used by Cave Carson in BRAVE AND THE BOLD #31 (DC Comics, September 1960), The Hate Monger in FANTASTIC FOUR #21 (February 1963), International Rescue on the TV series THUNDERBIRDS (1965) and Japan's Science Patrol on the TV series ULTRA MAN (1966). The Claw's Infinity Sphere is similar to The Legion Of Super-Heroes' Time Bubbles in ADVENTURE COMICS. With Dr. Strange battling a science-fiction villain and Fury hurtling thru other dimensions the two series in STRANGE TALES had more similarities than usual. Baron Strucker's Satan Claw was last seen in STRANGE TALES #159 (August 1967). The Prime Mover returned in GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #3 (January 1975). While the ending of this story would be long debated among fans, writer Steve Englehart brought back the real Yellow Claw in CAPTAIN AMERICA #164-167 (August-November 1973).

This Dream -- This Doom! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Dennis O'Neil; Dan Adkins (co-plot)
Pencils:
Dan Adkins
Inks:
Dan Adkins
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Ancient One; Dr. Strange; Victoria Bentley; Yandroth
Synopsis:
The Ancient One is alive and tells Strange he made Zom believe he was dead so he could pass on his powers to his disciple. With the Cosmic Balance restored he was able to shatter the spell that bound him. In his Himalayan retreat Strange and the Ancient One discover that Victoria Bentley is a prisoner in the Dimension of Dreams. Using a mystic gem and with his mentor to mentally guide him Strange travels to Victoria. Strange catches up with Yandroth & Victoria and faces a giant behemoth and a pair of Viking warriors while Yandroth raises a gun and prepares to fire.
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Indexer Notes

Part 21 of 22; part 4 of Yandroth sequence. Inspired by Steranko Dan Adkins begins using bizarre page layouts that resemble overlapping photos.

More Triumphs for Marvel..! (Table of Contents)

Not Brand Echh; Daredevil / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.75 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Marie Severin; Gene Colan
Inks:
Marie Severin; Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero

Indexer Notes

House ad for Not Brand Echh (Marvel, 1967 series) #7 (April 1968) and Daredevil (Marvel, 1964 series) #38 (March 1968), with covers shown, and both advertised as "Now On Sale".

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
John F. Hayes (Business Manager)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Date of Filing: October 1, 1967. Total Paid Circulation: Average number of copies during preceding 12 months: 241,561.

["Dear Stan, Jackpot! Shield is an excellent comic..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan Adkins; Jim Steranko
Inks:
Dan Adkins; Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset; Morrie Kuramoto

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Robert Klein; Michael Lawrence; Michael Pleasant; and John E Mullen.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. Armageddon!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. This Dream -- This Doom!
    Dr. Strange
  4. 3. More Triumphs for Marvel..!
    Not Brand Echh; Daredevil
  5. 4. Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
  6. 5. ["Dear Stan, Jackpot! Shield is an excellent comic..."]
    Strange Mails
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bruno Andreacchi
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Jenner
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Thomas G. Lammers