(May 1969)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
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

Hell Hath No Fury! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Barry Smith (signed)
Inks:
Barry Smith (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Barry Smith ?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Gabe Jones; Val; Nick Fury; Rickard
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Smith confirmed, via his website, that he inked some pages of this story. Severin colors per this site: http://www.hakes.com/item.asp?Auction=210&ItemNo=127472

Hell Hath No Fury (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Steve Parkhouse (plot, dialogue); Barry Smith (plot)
Pencils:
Barry Smith
Inks:
Barry Smith; Sid Greene
Colors:
?
Letters:
Irving Watanabe

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Robert Rickard (double-agent); Val; Jimmy Woo; Gabe Jones; HYDRA; Dum Dum Dugan
Synopsis:
Alone, Fury is pursued by armored men with stun blasters; he uses a gun that fires Tony Stark's "repulsor ray" to knock them out. We then discover it's SHIELD agents who are after him... In flashback, Fury is angered by "Intelligence" man Rickard, who feels Fury is too old for his job. Fury & Val grab some private time, but 2 days later when they return, both are taken into custody. Rickard now had "evidence", photos showing Fury associating with enemy agents, and he claims Val does not support Fury's story! Back in the "present", we find Rickard is really an agent of HYDRA out to discredit Fury and destroy SHIELD. 2 HYDRA goons in a stolen SHIELD aircraft try to take Fury out, but only succeed in getting themselves blown to atoms. "No SHIELD agent would pull a crazy stunt like that!", says Fury. Fury sneaks into Val's apartment, only to be cornered by Rickard. Fury clobbers him and escapes, but Val mysteriously doesn't explain her actions. On a rooftop, Fury's cornered by Gabe, who philosophically asks, "Whatever happned to that loveable sergeant I knew of old? Why did you throw down your pet howitzer and take up the wicked ways of espionage?" Fury replies, "Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time..." Fury clobbers his old friend, changes outfits with him, tricks Jimmy and steals his helicopter. He tracks down Rickard, confronts him, gets into a fight-- and winds up killing him in self-defense! At which point, Dugan finally shows up, arresting him for Rickard's murder!!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 3. 1st new appearance of HYDRA in a SHIELD story since the death of Baron Strucker and the destruction of Hydra Island in STRANGE TALES #158 (July 1967). Another branch of HYDRA was taken out this month in CAPTAIN AMERICA #113 (May 1969). Val last appeared in NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD #5 (October 1968). Val's actions in this story were never adequately explained. Despite shaky illustration, this issue returns the series to both solid storytelling and characterization. This episode, re-written, formed the basis of Bob Harras' NICK FURY VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (June 1988). Not counting covers, this was Barry Smith's 5th story for Marvel; he was replaced in the next issue, apparently, because his green card ran out and he was forced at short notice to return to England. Smith's next Marvel work was in THE AVENGERS #66-67 (July-August 1969). Smith confirmed, via his website, that he inked some pages of this story.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Hell Hath No Fury!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. Hell Hath No Fury
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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