(January 1971)

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

[The Brave Die Hard!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Marie Severin
Inks:
John Verpoorten ?
Colors:
Marie Severin ?
Letters:
Morrie Kuramoto ?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; HYDRA

Indexer Notes

Possible Verpoorten inks per nick Caputo, judging by the signature, which appears to be a combination of Severin and Verpoorten. Cover depicts scene from STRANGE TALES #139 (December 1965), although Fury is shown wearing jumpsuit which he never wore until STRANGE TALES #156 (April 1967). (Also, Clay Quartermain was the one who wore an orange jumpsuit; Fury wore black / dark blue.)

The Brave Die Hard! (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); Joe Sinnott
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Supreme Hydra [?]; Tony Stark; Dum Dum Dugan; Gabe Jones; Agent G [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Leslie Farrington; Wilson; Vincent Vandergill; Arnold Brown
Synopsis:
Despite their "Image-Inducer", HYDRA is unable to get Fury to pass on info about Stark's "Braino-Saur". Stark tells SHIELD's directors that the "Braino-Saur" is designed for one purpose-- to disarm HYDRA's Betratron Bomb while in orbit above the Earth! Agent G goes to see Fury-- then helps him escape, although he refuses to promise not to harm her father, the Supreme Hydra. Dum Dum, Gabe & a crack SHIELD squad use the captured HYDRA saucer to locate HYDRA HQ. In the Imperial Industries International board room, chairman Farrington refuses to stop the meeting, despite tremors in the building-- until they get so violent, everyone flees the room. Below, Supreme Hydra learns his daughter helped Fury escape. He sends a "Hunter" robot after Fury. Only when Dugan & his men arrive on the roof and attack does he finally send in the "Tiger" squad (assassins), knowing it will mean his own daughter's death...
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Indexer Notes

Part 5 of 7. The title predates the film DIE HARD (1988) by 23 years! Name of HYDRA's leader changed from "Imperial Hydra" to "Supreme Hydra" in this episode.

[Strange Tales #137] (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:
John Severin (signed); Steve Ditko (lower tier)
Inks:
John Severin (signed); Steve Ditko (lower tier)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Imperial Hydra; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; Gabe Jones; Dr. Strange; The Ancient One
Reprints:

[Strange Tales #138] (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:
John Severin
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; HYDRA
Reprints:

The End of Hydra! (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); Don Heck
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Agent G [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Nick Fury; HYDRA; Dum Dum Dugan; Gabe Jones; Imperial Hydra [Arnold Brown]; Tony Stark
Synopsis:
Fury just barely manages to stop the "Hunter" robot. Surrounded on all sides by HYDRA's "Tiger" squad, Dum Dum, Gabe & the SHIELD squad use a "Flying Wedge" formation with an "Electro-Jab" weapon to push thru. HYDRA retaliates with "Skate Board Units". Meanwhile, Tony Stark arrives at the Heli-Carrier via the flying Porche 904, then takes off with the Braino-Saur via a 2-stage Atlas booster rocket. Fury joins up with Dum Dum and turns the tide of battle, causing Imperial Hydra to realize he must use "Operation Last Resort". In space, Stark manages to disarm the Betraton Bomb, and SHIELD orders the arrest of all HYDRA agents worldwide. Fury & co. blast into HYDRA's "Nerve Center", while its leader slowly walks up the stairs leading to Imperial Industries International's boardroom. As he prepares to hit the "destruct" button, we finally learn his real identity...
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Indexer Notes

Part 6 of 7. Arnold Brown revealed as Imperial Hydra in this episode. The "Flying Wedge" and the "Skate Board Units" must rank among the most outrageous ideas ever from Jack Kirby. In this episode, Nick Fury is a dead ringer for Ralph Meeker, who played Mike Hammer in the film KISS ME DEADLY (1955), while Arnold Brown bears a resemblance to Warren editor Archie Goodwin!

[Strange Tales #139] (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 (layouts); Joe Sinnott; Marie Severin (Dr. Strange figure)
Inks:
Joe Sinnott; Marie Severin (Dr. Strange figure)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

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

Indexer Notes

Dr. Strange figure by Marie Severin; credits from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (26 July 2005); original indexer credited Steve Ditko. SHIELD panel reproduced (with different coloring) from page 1 inside this issue.

[Strange Tales #140] (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:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
HYDRA; SHIELD; Gabe Jones; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury
Reprints:

Operation: "Brain Blast!" (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
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
HYDRA; Nick Fury; Dum Dum Dugan; Agent G [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Imperial Hydra [Arnold Brown]; Gabe Jones; E.S.P. Division; Mentallo; The Fixer
Synopsis:
As SHIELD mops ups the HYDRA thugs, Fury, Dum Dum, Gabe and Agent G head upstairs to capture Imperial Hydra, using a "Bazooka Drill" to tear thru a solid steel door barring their path. In the Imperial Industries International boardroom, Arnold Brown hesitates over the destruct button, unable to kill his daughter along with everyone else. His bodyguards emerge from the passageway, and not believing he's their leader, shoot him dead! Fury and his men burst into the room, killing the assassins as they attempt to flee. Fury has Agent G demonstrate a pair of "Vacuum-sole" shoes, which allow one to walk up or down a sheer wall-- and in front of a dumbfounded Dum Dum, he allows her to escape. Fury gives them each a week off, saying he's "sicka lookin' at yer ugly pans". He then pilots the stolen HYDRA saucer thru a secret "escape tunnel" under the city. Elsewhere, SHIELD's new E.S.P. Division decide to demonstrate their "Brainwave Stimulator" by sending Fury a mental warning of a mock attack. Elsewhere we meet Mentallo, who can project thoughts into images. Formerly a member of SHIELD, he'd tried using his power to take over, but escaped when he was discovered. SHIELD is working to duplicate his power with machinery, and he fears he must destroy them before they can find a defense against him. He picks up mental images of a criminal known as The Fixer, who manages a seemingly-impossible jailbreak with equipment built from using common objects! Mentallo hatches a plan to join forces with The Fixer, and together, "rule mankind". Fury fears that Mentallo could destroy SHIELD single-handedly...
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Indexer Notes

Part 7 of 7 / Part 1 of 3. 1st appearance of SHIELD's E.S.P. Division, Mentallo, The Fixer. In this episode, Arnold Brown bears a resemblance to actor Walter Pidgeon. 2nd of only 3 SHIELD episodes on which Jack Kirby did full pencils. The new story starts on page 8; when Stan Lee wrote "at that very moment", he should really have said "a week later", as reading the page literally makes it appear Fury (who was heading for dinner and a long sleep) was in 2 places at the same time!

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [The Brave Die Hard!]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. The Brave Die Hard!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. [Strange Tales #137]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange
  4. 3. [Strange Tales #138]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  5. 4. The End of Hydra!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  6. 5. [Strange Tales #139]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange
  7. 6. [Strange Tales #140]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  8. 7. Operation: "Brain Blast!"
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Nick Caputo
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Darrel McCann
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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