(November 1970)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Magazine Management Co., 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

["Sometimes The Good Guys Lose!"] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Marie Severin
Inks:
Marie Severin ?
Colors:
Marie Severin ?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
HYDRA; Nick Fury
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Cover depicts a scene from STRANGE TALES #138 (November 1965).

Find Fury or Die! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (layouts); John Severin
Inks:
John Severin
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Clipper Charlie (SHIELD barber); "Slim" (shoe-shine man); ? (manicure girl); Imperial Hydra (unnamed); Hydra-Hunter (Section Leader B)
Synopsis:
HYDRA agents tail Fury walking in NYC, intent on finding SHIELD's HQ, not realizing he knows he's being followed. Leading the mission is HYDRA Section Leader B, a "Hydra-Hunter", who hands over his hood to the Imperial Hydra so there will be no place to hide should he fail. Of course, he hopes to become the next Imperial Hydra when he succeeds. When a few HYDRA agents show up at the barber shop which is secretly the entrance to SHIELD's NYC HQ, they're quickly captured and hypnotized into believing the HQ is located in a warehouse some blocks away. Using a huge vehicle called a "Hydra-Ram", the warehouse is attacked-- but it's a trap! His plan failed, his men captured, Section Leader B is soon "replaced", while Fury thinks on the long road ahead.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 7. 1st appearance of the SHIELD barber shop, a tribute to the tailor shop secret entrance to UNCLE HQ in the TV show THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. 1st appearance of the "Hydra-Ram," a flying saucer-type vehicle. Nick Fury, SHIELD & HYDRA turn up at Reed & Sue's wedding in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 (November 1965). Reprints continue from SGT. FURY ANNUAL #2 (November 1966).

[Strange Tales #135] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
HYDRA; Nick Fury
Reprints:

[Strange Tales #136] (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (bottom tier)
Inks:
Mike Esposito; Steve Ditko (bottom tier)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
HYDRA; Nick Fury; Dr. Strange
Reprints:

The Prize Is... Earth! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (layouts); John Severin
Inks:
John Severin
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Dum Dug Dugan; Gabe Jones; Leslie Farrington (Chairman, Imperial Industries International); Arnold Brown (Farrington's secretary); Imperial Hydra ("Imperial Leader"); Agent "G" [Laura Brown] (unnamed)
Synopsis:
Fury looks over the captured HYDRA saucer, pondering how no one has a clue who their top men are. With a million dollar price on his head, MP's keep a sharp eye on Fury's welfare. In Weapons Design, Fury's given a gadget-laden outfit, which includes a periscope hat, a self-destructing radio tie, a high-explosive shirt, and a bullet-proof suit made of flexible steel! Meanwhile, SHIELD agents race to get an important microfilm to HQ. The chase leads from a train station to a moving train to a speeding car which turns into a submarine, but in the end, the agents self-destruct to prevent falling into HYDRA hands. HYDRA has a gigantic "Betratron Bomb", with which they can hold the entire world to ransom, and the microfilm would have told SHIELD the location of its launch-site. Meanwhile, dictatorial Leslie Farrington accepts the chairmanship of Imperial Industries International, and tells his secretary Brown he wants info on every other board member. But someone on the board is in fact Imperial Hydra! Below the boardroom, in their secret chambers, their leader is approached by "Agent G", his daughter. She begs him to give up his mad plan, while he tries to explain that he wants only to give her "the world". The bomb launches without a hitch...
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 7. 1st appearance of the SHIELD Communication Center. The chase sequence, from train to car-turned-submarine vs. frogmen is strikingly similar to the one in the film THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977). 1st modern appearance of Dum Dum & Gabe (regular cast members in SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS). The relationship between Imperial Hydra & Agent G pays tribute to that of Doctor Fu Manchu & Fah Lo Suee, or The Yellow Claw and his niece, Suwan.

Sometimes the Good Guys Lose! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (layouts); John Severin
Inks:
John Severin
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Gabe Jones; Imperial Hydra (?); Agent "G" [Laura Brown] (unnamed); HYDRA; Tony Stark; Dum Dum Dugan; Leslie Farrington; Arnold Brown; Hodges; Wilson; Vincent Vandergill
Synopsis:
Aboard SHIELD's IMP (Intercontinental Ballistic Plane), Fury uses its "Televiewer Tube" to locate the Betraton Bomb launch site-- but too late! They destroy the site so it can't be used again. Agent G again tries to get her father, Imperial Hydra, to "come to his senses". Instead, he sends HYDRA's "Fox Division" (diplomacy) to deliver his terms to every nation on Earth. At "Station Space-Watch", Tony Stark prepares to show Fury a weapon constructed under top security-- the "Braino-Saur"-- when HYDRA thugs invade and capture Fury! Meanwhile, tensions are high at Imperial Industries International, as various board members vie for position, hoping to stage a corporate coup. Below, Imperial Hydra inspects his new captive, Fury, while in Washington, HYDRA thugs deliver their ultimatum...
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Part 4 of 7. The tank which crashes thru a wall and then launches a section of itself as a missile is remarkably similar to the one used by Mr. Freeze in the film BATMAN AND ROBIN (1997). The board room scene is reminiscent of the film EXECUTIVE SUITE (1954).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Sometimes The Good Guys Lose!"]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. Find Fury or Die!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. [Strange Tales #135]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  4. 3. [Strange Tales #136]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange
  5. 4. The Prize Is... Earth!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  6. 5. Sometimes the Good Guys Lose!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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