(February 1973)

Marvel, 1973 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.20 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group
Editing:
Roy Thomas
Color:
Four Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

They Are the Unliving! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; A.I.M.
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Indexer Notes

Cover depicts a scene from Strange Tales #146 (July 1966). Fury's pose is a variation of the one from Page 5, Panel 4 of Strange Tales #166 (March 1968).

When the Unliving Strike! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (layouts); Don Heck
Inks:
Mike Esposito [as Mickey Demeo]
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Jasper Sitwell; Dum Dum Dugan; Count Bornag Royale (Ambassador for A.I.M. / Advanced Idea Mechanics); "THEM"
Synopsis:
Using a huge "swamp buggy", Fury & his men have tracked the "THEM" vehicle (seen in TALES OF SUSPENSE #78) to a "murky, insect-infested swamp". They ward off an attack by a squad of amphibian androids. Meanwhile, aboard the Heli-Carrier, Count Bornag Royale, the "top representative" of A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics), a "society of the greatest intellects on Earth", is offended by the heavy-handed security treatment he's given by Fury's men. In the underwater lab, the hooded scientists speak of being "geniuses", and being worthy of "THEM". Fury uses a "sonic vibrator" to blast into the base, but is trapped between 2 walls of "electric energy waves". He tells the baddies he's set "pint-sized fission bombs" to blow up the base, causing a stalemate, as the hooded types feel they are "too valueable" to "THEM" to sacrifice themselves. But a group of "hammer-hand androids" have gotten loose because of the vibrations, and stampede the evil scientists to death, smashing the electric barrier in the process. Royale tells the SHIELD board of directors he's come to offer them their services and technology, but feels he cannot do so while being answerable to men with such a "lack of intelligence" and "over-inflated ego" as Nick Fury. Fury & his men polish off the androids. Surveying the lab, Fury realizes they're "no penny-ante outfit", and compares them to the Nazis, as well as HYDRA. He also realizes, because of the "geniuses", that he's heard of another group of scientists who create & sell ideas-- Advanced Idea Mechanics!
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 5. Story continues from TALES OF SUSPENSE #78 (June 1966), and presumably the flashback in STRANGE TALES #160-161 (September-October 1967), which was "too secret" for anyone to talk about. The android-growing tanks appear to pay tribute to THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951). 1st published appearance of Count Royale; based on the dialogue it actually takes place after his appearance in this month's TALES OF SUSPENSE #79 (July 1966), as the readers are left unsure as to his motives in this episode (while his guilt is made clear in the Captain America episode). Tony Stark's problems with the Senate in TALES OF SUSPENSE #72-84 (December 1965-December 1966) are mentioned; his plant being forcibly shut down in SUSPENSE #78 (June 1966) presumably gave A.I.M. an "in" to peddle their technology to SHIELD. Reprints continue from NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #18 (March 1971), but skipped the story in STRANGE TALES #145 (June 1966), which was never reprinted until 2007! Part 1 of new story, "THEM!", reprinted in MARVEL DOUBLE FEATURE #2 (February 1974). Edited into one continuous story.

The Enemy Within! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (layouts); Don Heck
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Jasper Sitwell; Dum Dum Dugan; Count Bornag Royale (A.I.M.); A.I.M. (division of "THEM"); "Clipper Charlie" (barber); Slim; manicure girl
Synopsis:
On returning from their latest mission, Fury catches hell from the military brass, but brushes it off and gives everyone a 10-day furlough-- except Jasper, who only seems happy when he's being "worked to death". Count Royale continues bad-mouthing Fury to SHIELD's board of directors. A general, irritated by SHIELD's seemingly-excessive security measures, explains to Fury how A.I.M. has technology they desperately need, but refuse to do business as long as Fury's in charge. This, of course, only confirms Fury's earlier suspicions that A.I.M. is not on the up-and-up as they claim! Sure enough, Royale has returned to an A.I.M. observation post, and watches as a squad invades the SHIELD barber shop. Fury, Dum Dum & Jasper save the day, the rescued manicure girl miffed as Jasper's overt shyness. Royale, meanwhile, feels Fury's rash actions have put the last nail in his coffin...
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Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 5. Nick Caputo, via the GCD Error List (24 July 2005), believes Dick Ayers to be the inker and that the printed credit for Mike Esposito [as Mickey Demeo] is in error. Henry Kujawa confirms (7 August 2007). Story is edited, cutting out splash page to form one continuous story.

The Enemy Within! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Dick Ayers
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Jasper Sitwell; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; A.I.M.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. They Are the Unliving!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. When the Unliving Strike!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. The Enemy Within!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  4. 3. The Enemy Within!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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