(October 1968)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Olympia Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group
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

[Whatever Happened To Scorpio?] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Pencils:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Inks:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Colors:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Letters:
Jim Steranko (signed)

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Scorpio; Nick Fury; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]
Reprints:

What Ever Happened To Scorpio? (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
John Tartaglione
Colors:
Jim Steranko
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]; Nick Fury; Pickman (locksmith); Scorpio [Jake Fury] (unrevealed); Dum Dum Dugan; Senator Irksome
Synopsis:
Val reads Nick's horoscope in the morning paper, which says "Someone in your past will return today." Nick pays a visit on Pickman, who's helping him locate someone, and he doesn't want SHIELD involved. The ESP Division picks up "possible danger", sending Nick to a seemingly-deserted warehouse-- and straight into a trap set by Scorpio! Nick's Farrari is destroyed, and Nick is captured. While unconscious, Scorpio creates a face-mask to allow him to impersonate Nick, then goes in disguise to view the test of the latest model of LMD. But as it begins, no one else realizes the robot has been replaced with Nick, drugged so he can't speak! Miraculously, Fury manages to dodge one death trap after another, then faces his would-be killer. Val, trying to save Nick's life, shoots at the "LMD"-- but hits Pickman instead, who found his way in via a secret passage. Nick pursues the escaping imposter, who tears off his mask, revealing his true identity to Nick-- just before being caught in a hail of gunfire from a group of SHIELD agents! After, Nick stands alone on a dock, looking out over the water, wondering if the man who tried so very hard to murder him is still alive...
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Identity of Scorpio revealed by Roy Thomas in THE AVENGERS #72 (January 1970), reprinted in ESSENTIAL AVENGERS Vol.4 (2004). Pickman based on Robert Morley. More details revealed when Scorpio returns in THE DEFENDERS #46, 48-50 (April, June-August 1977). Full background of character not revealed until flashback in FURY #1 (May 1994). Steranko repeated the gimmick of ending the story by having a character diving into water thru a hail of gunfire in CAPTAIN AMERICA #111 (March 1969). Nick's Ferrari, which he's had since STRANGE TALES #162 (November 1967) is destroyed; he gets a replacement in NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD #8 (January 1969).

["Dear Stan and Co., After living with..."] (Table of Contents)

Don't Yield, Write S.H.I.E.L.D. / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Springer
Inks:
Frank Springer
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
spy

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Ronn Foss; Paul Butler; Murray Selzer; Jeff Pierce; Achille Di Bacco; Don Plosker; and Donald McGregor. Includes a single panel reproduced from the previous issue.

["Another Marvel Masterpiece"] (Table of Contents)

The Avengers / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

House ad for Avengers Annual #2 (Sept. 1968) shown as "On Sale Now!".

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Whatever Happened To Scorpio?]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. What Ever Happened To Scorpio?
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. ["Dear Stan and Co., After living with..."]
    Don't Yield, Write S.H.I.E.L.D.
  4. 3. ["Another Marvel Masterpiece"]
    The Avengers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bruno Andreacchi
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Merlin Haas
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry R. Kujawa