(September 1968)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Olympia Publications, Inc.
Brand:
?
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched (#1-15); Squarebound (#16-18)
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

"SHIELD Origin Issue!" is a misnomer; story retells Fury's recruitment to SHIELD from STRANGE TALES #135 (August 1965); SHIELD's origin not revealed until FURY #1 (May 1994).

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

SHIELD Origin Issue! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Jim Steranko
Letters:
Jim Steranko

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; HYDRA
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"And Now It Begins..." (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas (plot, dialogue); Frank Springer (plot)
Pencils:
Frank Springer
Inks:
Frank Springer
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury L.M.D.; HYDRA; Agent R (armored suit); Nick Fury; Agent C; Agent L; Imperial Hydra ["The Master"] (unnamed); Agent H [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Tony Stark; Corporal Charles Atkins (Serial #35067731; HYDRA agent)
Synopsis:
HYDRA repeatedly tries to murder Nick Fury before he can recruited to head SHIELD. The agent in charge of the operation, Agent L, is executed for his failure by Agent H. After reminiscing about his days in WW2, Fury meets Tony Stark, who introduces him to the SHIELD board of directors, then shows him a film detailing HYDRA's operations. After Fury uncovers a bomb in the room and dispatches it, along with the spy who planted it, he realizes the danger facing the free world and takes the job.
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Indexer Notes

Frank Springer's 1st Marvel work. Springer had previously done SECRET SIX #1-2 (May-July 1968) for DC and "PHOEBE ZEIT-GEIST" in the magazine EVERGREEN REVIEW. Expanded (and lackluster) retelling of the story from STRANGE TALES #135 (August 1965), following the retold origins in IRON MAN #1, CAPTAIN AMERICA #100, THE INCREDIBLE HULK #102, SUB-MARINER #1 and DR. STRANGE #169. Roy Thomas mistakenly refers to the leader as "Supreme Hydra", when in most episodes of the original serial he was referred to as "Imperial Hydra" (hinting at his connection with Imperial Industries International).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. SHIELD Origin Issue!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. "And Now It Begins..."
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Merlin Haas
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry R. Kujawa