(April 1969)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Magazine Management Co.
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

[The 1st Million Megaton Explosion] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Frank Springer; Barry Smith ?
Inks:
Frank Springer
Colors:
Marie Severin ?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Hate-Monger
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Springer's signature is barely visible on the upper left corner, next to the Marvel Comics Group logo. Nick Caputo suspects that Springer likely drew the entire cover, with Barry Smith redrawing Fury's face, although it is possible that Smith pencilled the cover.

The 1st Million Megaton Explosion (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gary Friedrich (plot, dialogue); Frank Springer (plot)
Pencils:
Frank Springer
Inks:
Mike Esposito (uncredited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Irving Watanabe (uncredited)

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Laura Brown; Rick Jefferson; David Kies; Flowers Barton; Jake Cooley; Hate-Monger [unknown]; Dum Dum Dugan; Jimmy Woo; Gabe Jones; Ed Sullivan; President Lyndon B. Johnson
Synopsis:
Against his will, Laura Brown drags Fury to a disco in the East Village to see "The Million Megaton Explosion", who she calls "the hottest new group on the scene". But high in orbit, monitoring the "scene", The Hate-Monger uses his hate-ray to begin a riot, setting young against old! Fury barely escapes with his life with Laura, then hi-tails it to the Heli-Carrier. The hate rays continue to pour forth, and gangs of youths sieze power in NYC and at an ICBM base in New Jersey! They plan to "wipe out the establishment" if the country isn't turned over to them. Conferring with the President, Fury asks for a space capsule at Cape Kennedy so he can knock out the Hate-Monger's threat. Once more entirely on his own, Fury invades the orbiting space station, and confronts the Nazi villain face-to-face. After a quick battle, the Hate-Monger, trying to escape, accidentally steps out the "escape hatch"-- into space! Fury wrecks the hate-rays, everything returns to normal, and back at his pad, Fury puts on some Benny Goodman for him & Laura to jitterbug to.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Uncredited Esposito inking and Watanabe lettering per Nick Caputo, August 2012. Previous indexer credited Frank Springer with inking.The "back cover" of the LP "The 1st Million Megaton Explosion", pays tribute to the finale of the film PLANET OF THE APES (1968). 3rd time Hate-Monger was seen to die. A 4th Hate-Monger next appears in THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #13-14 (December 1977-January 1978). A 5th Hate-Monger turns up in SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #16-17 (May 1979-June 1980); as explained in these later stories, the 1st, 2nd & 5th Hate-Mongers all turn out to have had the actual, genuine brain-waves of the real Adolph Hitler! No explanation whatsoever for the Hate-Monger's space station NOT being blown out of the sky following the events of the previous issue; nor for Fury's need to use a NASA rocket to reach it, when he used a SHIELD aircraft in the previous episode! (Or, for that matter, why, with an entire organization at his command, Fury keeps going on one-man suicide missions!) Frank Springer's last SHIELD episode; his next Marvel job was CAPTAIN MARVEL #13 (May 1969).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Bullpen Bulletins / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee; ?
Letters:
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Includes letters from Donald McGregor, Michael O'Brien, David Kennedy, Blair Hemstock, Harvey Schein, Anthony Kowalik, Wayne Dallas, Bruce Coville, Gary Dahlberg and Ken Ogden.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [The 1st Million Megaton Explosion]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. The 1st Million Megaton Explosion
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Don't Yield, Write S.H.I.E.L.D.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Merlin Haas
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry R. Kujawa