(May 2000)

Marvel, 2000 Series
 
Price:
19.95 USD; 29.95 CAD
Pages:
252
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Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
Brand:
Marvel Comics
ISBN:
0785107479; 9780785107477 Search at WorldCat
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Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Binding:
squarebound; trade paperback

Issue Notes

Reprints STRANGE TALES #150-168. 2nd printing has "Steranko & Co." on cover.


Nick Fury, Agent of... S.H.I.E.L.D. (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Jim Steranko

Genre:
spy
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Prologue (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
A.M. Virturtia
Letters:
typeset

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Hydra Lives! (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 (layout); John Buscema
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Jasper Sitwell; Dum Dum Dugan; Senator Dudley (member of Plans & Operations Section); Supreme Hydra ["Don Cabellero"]; HYDRA
Synopsis:
Fury subjects himself to a highly-dangerous test in order to prove that an atomic missile can be detonated long-distance by a sonic weapon-- which SHIELD believes HYDRA has their hands on. While both he & Dugan are recovering from injuries, he looks into a mysterious Mexican millionaire, "Don Cabellero", who, on the urging of an undercover SHIELD man, invites Fury to a grand party he's holding in the ancient ruins of Karnopolis, in the Sahara Desert. Caballero is merely a disguise for the new Supreme Hydra, who knew the man who made the suggestion was a spy all along. Senator Dudley, who earlier appeared to know nothing about HYDRA, later turns out to have helped Fury in setting up the meeting. After surprising Sitwell with the news that he is going, Fury then puts Sitwell in command while he's gone. Just then, a sonic boom shakes the HQ, as the "Overkill Horn" is being tested.
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 9. 1st appearance of the "new" Supreme Hydra, later revealed to have been its real leader all along, behind-the-scenes. In this episode, Jasper Sitwell is a dead ringer for Roy Thomas! John Buscema's 1st 1960's Marvel work (even though Stan welcomed him back in the credits of TALES TO ASTONISH #85 the same month).

Overkill! (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); Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Supreme Hydra ["Don Cabellero"]; Dum Dum Dugan; Jasper Sitwell; Gabe Jones
Synopsis:
HYDRA allows Fury to land in Karnopolis safely, to lull SHIELD into a false sense of security. But Fury knows all pretense is off, as the ruins are deserted-- except for a squad of robots! Captured & stripped of his gadget-laden clothes, Fury faces the new Supreme Hydra, who tells him of his plans to use the Overkill Horn to detonate all stockpiles of nuclear weapons worldwide, while HYDRA waits in fallout shelters, to emerge as the new rulers of the planet. Meanwhile, Dugan, upset by Fury's order to launch an H-Missile to destroy HYDRA's weapon (and Fury as well), tries to save his buddy, but is stopped when Gabe shoots him in the shoulder. Fury manages to escape with a HYDRA jet, not realizing it was a ruse-- as the Overkill Horn is onboard the plane he's flying! As Sitwell prepares to destroy the aircraft, Fury realizes its radio isn't working...
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 9. The "new" Supreme Hydra reveals that he had previously "masqueraded" as The Grand Imperator of "THEM" (A.I.M.), and that Supreme Hydra is his "true" identity, the first indication that he had been the real behind-the-scenes architect of HYDRA all along. The plot to cause nuclear fallout while those responsible sit it out underground is similar to that in the Matt Helm film THE SILENCERS (1966). Jim Steranko's 1st work for Marvel.

The Power of SHIELD! (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); Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Gabe Jones; Jasper Sitwell; HYDRA; Supreme Hydra ["Don Cabellero"; "Emir Ali-Bey"]; Laura Brown; Tony Stark (cameo)
Synopsis:
Fury finds a way to signal SHIELD without a radio, delaying disaster. But after Sitwell realizes Fury is the pilot, he still orders the launching of a "Strato-Mine", which could ignite the very atmosphere. Supreme Hydra gets news that Laura Brown-- the daughter of his predecessor, who turned traitor and helped Fury a year before-- has been captured in Egypt. Donning a new disguise as "Emir Ali-Bey", he leaves in his "Hover-Limousine" to reach there by nightfall. As he departs, he thinks that Fury will die without ever learning his true identity. Fury manages to turn the plane around, and, discovering where the Overkill Horn was hidden, dives from the plane, to be picked up by a SHIELD submarine. The plane-- followed by the Strato-Mine-- obliterates Karnopolis, its HYDRA base, and all within. Soon after, Fury & a SHIELD squad rescues Laura from more HYDRA thugs. Tony Stark congratulates Sitwell on a job well done, while Fury worries that the Supreme Hydra is still on the loose.
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Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 9. The method Fury used to contact SHIELD without a radio was later used in the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA episode, "The Hand Of God". Laura Brown's previous appearance in STRANGE TALES #141 (February 1966).

The Hiding Place! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot); Roy Thomas (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (layouts); Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
spy
Characters:
"Clipper Charlie" (SHIELD barber); Nick Fury; Jasper Sitwell; Laura Brown; HYDRA; Gabe Jones; Supreme Hydra ["Emir Ali-Bey"; "Agent Bronson"]; Dum Dum Dugan
Synopsis:
While enjoying a shave, Fury thinks back on SHIELD's 1st battle with HYDRA, when Laura Brown-- who had joined only to convince her father to give up his mad dream of world conquest-- saved his life and helped defeat them. As the President pushes through a pardon for her, she's being transported by Gabe & Jasper-- whose car is attacked by HYDRA. Fury & Dugan, in a captured HYDRA saucer, go to rescue the trio. The Supreme Hydra dons a new disguise, that of "Agent Bronson", a SHIELD man currently their prisoner. "Bronson" arrives at the Heli-Carrier just in time to join the team racing to help Fury. After helping capture several HYDRA thugs, "Bronson" gains Fury's confidence. Noting he's no "babe-in-arms", "Bronson" confides he, too, was in a "Commando Squadron" in WW2.
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Indexer Notes

Part 4 of 9. "Clipper Charlie" named in STRANGE TALES #164 (January 1968). Fury's Porsche 904, which has been in use since STRANGE TALES #135 (August 1965) is destroyed in this episode; he would get a new car in STRANGE TALES #162 (November 1967). After 2 episodes where Fury's appearance remained the same, he appears to lose a lot of weight in this one as Steranko begins to modify his appearance. Jack Kirby, who plotted every SHIELD episode up to this point, finally departs. While known for "seat-of-the-pants" plotting, it appears that on the next-to-last page of his final episode, he'd figured out the true identity of the Supreme Hydra-- but readers would have to wait 3 more months to learn the truth!

Beware... The Deadly Dreadnought! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko (plot); Roy Thomas (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; Laura Brown; Gabe Jones; Supreme Hydra ["Agent Bronson"]; Jasper Sitwell; HYDRA; Boothroyd (Personal Effects Dept.); The Dreadnought (HYDRA Robot)
Synopsis:
While the AUTOFAC computer works out the true identity of the Supreme Hydra, Fury plans to have Bronson transport Laura to SHIELD's West coast HQ. In the Personal Effects Dept. Fury is given a new weapons-laden outfit. Just in time-- as moments later, he's attacked by The Dreadnought, a deadly 8-foot-tall HYDRA killer robot. Laura suspects Bronson may be the Supreme Hydra himself, and her suspicions are confirmed by AUTOFAC, but before she can pass on the info, "Bronson" overpowers her. Fury just barely manages to beat The Dreadnought, but finds Laura is missing-- and AUTOFAC names her as the Supreme Hydra!
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Indexer Notes

Part 5 of 9. Fury's "Repulsor Watch", capable of deflecting bullets, later turned up in the film LIVE AND LET DIE (1973), though in the movie, it was only used to attract metal, not deflect it.

Death Trap! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; President Johnson (cameo); Jasper Sitwell; Professor Anton Trojak (creator of Q-Ray machine; Anihil-Agent 47); HYDRA; Gabe Jones; Dum Dum Dugan; Supreme Hydra ["Agent Bronson"]; Laura Brown
Synopsis:
The Heli-Carrier takes on a number of VIP's, as well as Prof. Trojak and his "Q-Ray" for a demonstration. But Trojak is really a HYDRA agent, and his oversized machine has been used to smuggle several HYDRA thugs aboard! In addition to these dangers, Fury must also cope with his 3 best friends, who've been hypnotized to kill him. Fury manages to save the day, and an injured, unconscious Laura is found hidden in the computer room, wearing a HYDRA outfit. "LBJ" appears to blame Fury for the security screw-up, and orders him confined to quarters...
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Indexer Notes

Part 6 of 9. Fury comments that no amount of attempted brainwashing could ever force Sitwell to turn bad as "it's against his principles". Last episode of this storyline reprinted in the 1970's; fans would have to wait until 2000 to read a reprint of the rest of the story!

The Tribunal! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Supreme Hydra ["Agent Bronson"; Baron Strucker]; Laura Brown; Jasper Sitwelll; Gabe Jones; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; HYDRA; CAMEOS: The Thing; Human Torch; Invisible Girl; Mr. Fantastic; Spider-Man; Daredevil; Thor; Scarlet Witch; Hawkeye; Captain America; Angel; Beast; Iceman; Cyclops; Marvel Girl; Professor X; Iron Man; Hulk; Goliath; Wasp
Synopsis:
"Bronson" is set to take Laura to a medical facility (the one on the Heli-Carrier being damaged in the earlier battle) in the "Dyna-Soar", a brand-new aircraft whose design is based and improved upon from the captured HYDRA saucer. No sooner does he depart than Fury's quarters are blasted to bits, apparently killling him! "Bronson" changes course and heads for "Hydra Island", an artificial, futuristic, hi-tech fortress somewhere in the Pacific, then resumes his guise as Supreme Hydra. He then announces to the world that he's placed a "Death Spore" bomb onboard the Heli-Carrier, which will unleash a deadly plague upon the entire Earth and cannot be de-activated! Any country that surrenders within one hour will be spared its effects. He also plans to stage a fake "trial" for Laura, as an example to all who would defy him. Unknown to him, Fury is alive, having suspected Bronson from the start, and was hiding onboard the Dyna-Soar, in order to discover HYDRA's plans and the location of their base. But after taking on several HYDRA thugs, Fury is captured, and on awakening, discovers the true identity of the Supreme Hydra is none other than Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, his old enemy from WW2!!!
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Indexer Notes

Part 7 of 9. See various issues of SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS for earlier appearances of Baron Strucker. 24 years had elapsed between Fury & Strucker's last meeting and this one. Shortly after this comic's publication, the 007 film YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE would reveal the identity of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s "Number One", Ernst Stavros Blofeld; Donald Pleasence's onscreen appearance, bald with an odd, monocle-shaped scar, is so similar to Strucker's it does not seem possible to be a coincidence!

Crisis! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Supreme Hydra [Baron Strucker]; Laura Brown; HYDRA; Jasper Sitwell; Gabe Jones; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury;
Synopsis:
Strucker announces that the impregnable dome over Hydra Island will keep them safe from the "Death Spore" plague, and plans to use Fury's body as the basis for an army of HYDRA androids to "police" the world, once he's dead from the Alpha Ray beam. But Fury escapes! As SHIELD searches the Heli-Carrier for the bomb with no result, Fury, "playing it by ear", takes on one group of HYDRA thugs after another, until Strucker faces him one-on-one. Thanks to his deadly "Satan Claw", Strucker gains the upper hand, and it looks like it might be the end...!
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Indexer Notes

Part 8 of 9. 1st appearance of The Satan Claw.

Final Encounter! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Supreme Hydra [Baron Strucker]; Nick Fury; HYDRA; Laura Brown
Synopsis:
The battle between Fury & Strucker continues, with the "Satan Claw" electrifying the floor, until Fury manages to get it off Strucker's hand. But surrounded by HYDRA thugs, Fury dives into a pit of water, and after not emerging for 5 minutes is presumed dead. Big mistake-- as Fury had used an oxygen pellet to wait out the thugs, then raced ahead of Strucker. Minutes later, as HYDRA thugs enter the room, they discover 2 Struckers! One of them is revealed to be wearing a mask, panics, and winds up incinerated in an "Alpha-Particle Reactor Cube". The other orders Laura put aboard the Dyna-Soar, and he takes off from Hydra Island, despite the imminent detonation of The Death Spore bomb. Surprise-- it's Fury, who used Strucker's "face-changing gizmo" to disguise both himself and Strucker, to fool the guards. He also reveals that when he left the Heli-Carrier, he brought the bomb WITH him, even though at the time he didn't know what it was. It detonates, and thanks to the impenetrable dome, only Hydra Island and all within are wiped off the face of the Earth! Fury heads for NYC, as the rising sun seems to signal "new hope".
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Indexer Notes

Part 9 of 9. Although HYDRA's leader and main base were destroyed, their branch organization, A.I.M., resurfaced the very next month against Captain America in TALES OF SUSPENSE #92 (August 1967). HYDRA itself would return in CAPTAIN AMERICA #110 (February 1969). Baron Strucker would appear to return, without explanation, in the guise of "The Hood" in CAPTAIN AMERICA #131 (November 1970); however, this was proved to be only a robot in CAPTAIN AMERICA #247 (July 1980). Baron Strucker remained dead for 24 years, until he was brought back to life in NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #20 (February 1991). HYDRA's formation by Baron Strucker would be revealed in flashback in CAPTAIN SAVAGE #2-4 (March-July 1968).

Spy School (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Jerry Feldmann
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Dum Dum Dugan; Jasper Sitwell; Nick Fury; Gabe Jones; Laura Brown; Yancy Street Gang (flashback cameo); Mamma Fury (flashback cameo); Jake Fury (unnamed; flashback cameo); The Gaff [Sidney E. Levine]; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro De Fontaine]; Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Synopsis:
Following the destruction of Hydra Island, the Heli-Carrier docks in NYC for repairs. Jasper gets a new secret assignment; Gabe gets an undercover job which involves playing trumpet in Greenwich Village; and Dum Dum takes some leave to visit his family in Boston. Fury reminisces with Laura about his days growing up in "Hell's Kitchen"; then at SHIELD HQ, offers her a job as an agent. She wants time to think it over, so he sends her on a shopping spree. After a good night's sleep at his apartment, Fury goes to UNIT (Underground Network Intelligence Training academy) where recruits undergo rigorous education. He meets 2 new agents: Sidney E. Levine, a tech expert (who agrees to replace Fury's destroyed Porsche 904) and Val, who scoffs at his attitude that the spy game is man's work. Fury takes on Captain America in a display bout for the recruits, but gets dizzy due to a "side-effect" of the invisibility pill he used earlier. Cap tells him he's found out who was responsible for a job they tackled "a year ago"-- "The Big Blackout".
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 9. 1st appearance of Fury's apartment, The Gaff & Val. During the fight, Cap mentions the last time he & Fury met was when they fought "THEM"'s Humanoid Assassin in TALES OF SUSPENSE #78 (June 1966). That story was clearly Cap & Fury's 1st meeting since WW2 in SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #13 (December 1964), as Cap had been trying to contact Fury for months about possibly becoming a SHIELD agent (seen in several issues of THE AVENGERS). Yet 4 pages later, Cap refers to a job they tackled together "a year ago". (Perhaps "The Big Blackout" took place immediately after TOS #78, as there was a break between issues #78 & #79.) Meanwhile, after loitering in the shadows outside Stark Industries for 2 months, Jasper would become a regular in the Iron Man series in TALES OF SUSPENSE #95 (November 1967).

Project: Blackout (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Jimmy Woo; Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Synopsis:
Cap introduces Fury to an "old friend" of his, FBI man Jimmy Woo. Fury relates the events of November 10, 1965. The ESP Division picked up a warning of a menace on Bedloe Island originating from Tibet, but a bolt of energy destroyed the machine and killed the agents. Cap answered Fury's call for assistance, and the two met deep under the Statue of Liberty, where they found an army of zombie-like invaders, planning to use an "Id-Paralyzer" to turn everyone on the East Coast into mindless slaves. Cap races toward the Baxter Building for more help, but the anti-grav belt he "borrowed" from the invaders cuts out in mid-air! Meanwhile, Fury, overcome by numbers, is tossed off the Statue's torch...
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Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 9. 1st appearance of Fury's office with circular desk. Destruction of the ESP Division occurs between STRANGE TALES #143 (April 1966) and cameo in STRANGE TALES #157 (June 1967); this flashback "explains" their disappearance from the series, the latter appearance must be new recruits seen as the place was being re-constructed. Story apparently takes place between STRANGE TALES #145-146 and TALES OF SUSPENSE #78-79 (both June-July 1966). Fury is shown wearing his black jump-suit, even though he was never seen wearing it before STRANGE TALES #156 (May 1967). Fury also describes his outfit as "insulated" against electric shocks, despite his being nearly killed by one in STRANGE TALES #158 (July 1967). 1st appearance of Jimmy Woo since YELLOW CLAW #4 (April 1957).

The Second Doom (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; The Thing [Ben Grimm]; Nick Fury; Jimmy Woo; The Yellow Claw; Suwan; Fritz Von Voltzmann
Synopsis:
At the Baxter Building, Reed Richards & Ben Grimm save Cap from falling to his death. Fury barely saves himself by catching onto the Statue's crown. Reed creates an "Electro-Amplifier Rifle" to overcome the invaders, and sends Ben in an experimental saucer to the Clay Substation near Syracuse to tap into its power. Fury tries to destroy the Id-Paralyzer (which is shaped like a giant scorpion), but is overcome and tossed into the bay. Cap arrives just in time to save him, and Reed's weapon activates just in time to stop the invaders, cutting off all power on the East Coast in the process. Fury then blows up the Id-Paralyzer. Back in the present, Jimmy Woo tells Fury he believes the man behind it all was The Yellow Claw. In a hidden, underground base, The Yellow Claw, his niece Suwan & his ally Von Voltzmann eavesdrop on the conversation, as The Claw speaks of his "infallable" scheme-- "The Second Doom".
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Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 9. ("Project: Blackout! Part II"). Yellow Claw, Suwan & Von Voltzmann's previous appearance in THE YELLOW CLAW #4 (April 1957). Flashback apparently takes place between STRANGE TALES #145-146, TALES OF SUSPENSE #78-79 and FANTASTIC FOUR #51-52 (all cover-dated June-July 1966). Though none could have realized it, the name of The Claw's plan was a clue to the truth behind the entire story.

So Evil, The Night! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
The Gaff [Sidney E. Levine, "Gaffer"]; Nick Fury; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]; Jimmy Woo; The Yellow Claw ("Fang-Chu"); Fritz Von Voltzmann
Synopsis:
The Gaff presents Fury with his new car-- a Ferrari 330/P4 Berlinetta, which is made entirely out of clear fiberglass, making it "completely invisible" from 100 feet away! It's also equipped with a color-changing rheostat, and vortex beams to replace the old mach-pressure fanjets. Fury & Val go to SHIELD's rebuilt ESP Division. There, Jimmy Woo detects that The Yellow Claw is in Chinatown (big surprise?). Nick tells Fury it's his job now, and goes there alone. After a harrowing encounter with a pair of Claw goons, Fury impersonates one of them, and in a darkened shop, meets "Fang-Chu" (The Claw) face-to-face. But Voltzmann gets the drop on him, and an instant later, he falls thru a trapdoor into the tentacles of a "monster cephalopod" (octopus).
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Indexer Notes

Part 4 of 9. 2nd appearance of The Gaff & Val. 1st appearance of Fury's new car, and the new ESP Division, replacing those destroyed in STRANGE TALES #153 (March 1967) and the flashback in #160 (September 1967). The Claw having Fury fight a giant octopus pays tribute to the Ian Fleming James Bond 007 novel, DR. NO (1958). James Bond finally got a car capable of invisibility in the film DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002).

And The Dragon Cried...Death! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
The Yellow Claw; Fritz Von Voltzmann; Nick Fury; A.I.M; Suwan; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]; Clay Quartermain; The Gaff [Sidney E. Levine]
Synopsis:
As Fury escapes the monster octopus, The Yellow Claw uses a "Psionic-Revelation Eavesdropper" to spy on A.I.M. Suwan, torn by her conscience, realizes she must contact Jimmy Woo. Woo contacts Fury to pass on the info that the Claw plans to steal something called "The Ultimate Annihilator" from A.I.M. Val recommends Fury take one of her fellow Spy School graduates, and introduces him to Clay Quartermain, a smiling eager-beaver almost too sure of himself. Fury & Quartermain take on a squad of A.I.M. agents on the waterfront, and retrieve an ornate dragon statue. Tests reveal nothing, and then the Claw materializes to steal it! But it was only a duplicate-- and by accident, they learn the real Dragon speaks the names of 4 scientists when struck. Fury arrives too late to save the first 3, but impersonates the 4th, getting the drop on The Claw. But under hypnotic power, Fury collapses, and the Claw uses the Ultimate Annihilator on him...!!
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Indexer Notes

Part 5 of 9. Clay Quartermain based on Kirk Douglas. The Dragon, when wrapped up, pays tribute to The Maltese Falcon.

When Comes...Black Noon! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Bill Everett
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Artie Simek
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
The Yellow Claw; Nick Fury; Suwan; Fritz Von Voltzmann; "Clipper Charlie: (SHIELD barber); "Slim" (SHIELD barber); James Bond 007 (cameo); Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]
Synopsis:
At the instant the Claw fired The Ultimate Annihilator at Fury, Suwan teleports him thru "Hyper-Dimensional Space" to the underground lair. She then teleports him to the SHIELD barber shop, where he collapses. In his lair, The Claw tests the Ultimate Annihilator by destroying a satellite in orbit. Mad with power, he plots "the dawn of a new age...and age of vengeance...of darkness and death". SHIELD medics give Fury the once-over in a "Revive Chamber", then warn him that any further stimulation could cause blackouts, blindness or death! Telling them to keep it confidential, Fury follows a tip, using the transparent car and a "Spectre-Suit" (to make him invisible) to trail a Claw agent. During a faked traffic accident, Fury sneaks into the trunk of the agent's car, getting out at their destination and getting the drop on The Claw & Von Voltzmann. But he discovers he's onboard "The Sky Dragon", a huge airship miles above the city! Captured, Fury is tied underneath the Ultimate Annihilator, as The Claw prepares to use it to destroy New York City!
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Indexer Notes

Part 6 of 9. The "Revive Chamber" is strikingly similar to the one used to heal Luke Skywalker in the film THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). Ernst Stravo Blofeld would use a laser to destroy satellites in orbit in the 007 film, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971).

Behold the Savage Sky! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Dum Dum Dugan; The Yellow Claw; Nick Fury; Fritz Von Voltzmann
Synopsis:
As The Claw is about to destroy NYC, the SHIELD Heli-Carrier arrives, and a squad led by Dugan assault The Sky Dragon using grappling hooks like "ancient buccaneers". As a battle commences, Fury breaks loose and clobbers Von Voltzmann, saying "You sure ain't no beauty prize!" Several agents corner The Claw, but he lays them out using "Hyper-Psionic Brain Emanations". His nervous system drained, The Claws unleashes a squad of "Duplikeds"-- replica robots of himself-- to cover his escape. Fury catches up with the real Claw (apparently), using a "Magnetic Pelfrag Shooter" to weigh him down. But the pellets disintegrate-- The Claw now has armor all over, including his face-- and with spiked gloves, clobbers Fury, before making his escape by jet, threatening to return as a conqueror...
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Indexer Notes

Part 7 of 9. The use of a 2-page spread on pages 2-3 was later adapted by both Jack Kirby and Mike Grell on a very regular basis in their comics. The Sky Dragon would reappear in MARVEL TWO-IN ONE #51 (May 1979). It's been debated by some fans whether The Claw seen at the beginning of this episode was the same one who beat up Fury & escaped at the end!

If Death Be My Destiny! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Dum Dum Dugan; Jimmy Woo; Suwan; The Yellow Claw
Synopsis:
Using a H.A.W.K. Harness (High Altitude Wing Kits), Fury pursues the Claw's escaping airship, latching hold with magnets just as a skyscraper-sized whirpool whisks into the air, leading the ship below the water. There, Fury discovers The Claw's secret hideout is in the middle of New York Harbor. High above, the Heli-Carrier's vortex beam holds The Sky Dragon stationary, as SHIELD mops up The Claw's men. Fury uses a "Pyro-Band" to burn himself a doorway into The Claw's lair, then finds himself in a complex maze. He takes out a pair of heat-seaking missiles with an incendiary flare. Meanwhile, Jimmy Woo is ambushed by some of The Claw's men, then teleported to his lair, where against the protests of Suwan, the villain prepares to kill him using a "Thermo-Frigid Intensi-Ray Machine" in which he will be "polarized to death". But Fury arrives! As Suwan seeks to free Jimmy, Fury & The Claw struggle, the villain claiming "Even at this moment, your folly amuses me!" However, Suwan has succeeded at the cost of her own life! In tears, Jimmy vows vengeance against both The Claw and Fury...
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Indexer Notes

Part 8 of 9. The palm-magnets used by Fury were previously used by Captain America in TALES OF SUSPENSE #80 (August 1966). Dugan saying "Our best man's workin' on it right now!" is a tribute to a line from the pre-credit sequence of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967); Jimmy pursuing a thug down into a subway station also pays tribute to another scene in the same film. The "maze" page inspired a similar page in GIANT-SIZE MASTER OF KUNG FU #2 (December 1974). Jimmy's line about Burt Lancaster refers to the fact that Fury now resembles Steranko's favorite actor. The large figure of Fury on page 10 would become the cover corner box pic beginning with NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD #1 (June 1968).

Armageddon! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Jimmy Woo; Suwan (deceased); The Yellow Claw; Nick Fury; Clay Quartermain; Dum Dum Dugan; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]; The Gaff [Sidney E. Levine]; The Prime Mover (chess robot); Dr. Doom
Synopsis:
Jimmy cradles the body of his beloved in his arms; The Claw vows vengeance; Fury says he's takin' over --NOW! Just then, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE as a SHIELD Suicide Squad bursts in thru the floor via "The Dreadnaught", a colossal tunneling machine. The Claw vanishes, Fury uses a "Psuedo-Elliptoid Wrist Tracer" to find him, but arrives just as the villain escapes into the "Space-Time Continuum" in an "Infinity Sphere". But Fury finds a "Prototype Warp-Vest" which uses "Hyper-Space Circuits" and follows The Claw's "Cosmic Trajectory". The Claw hits the button on a nuclear detonator, destroying his entire underwater base-- just as Fury arrives and attacks him using a "Mind-Amplifyin' Gizmo". As The Claw topples backward, Fury tells him SHIELD planted an "Explosion Absorber" and cleared out-- meaning, The Claw only succeeded in destroying his own base. Fury then uses The Satan Claw to peel open The Claw's armor-- to surprising, shocking results...
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Indexer Notes

Part 9 of 9. Features comics' 1st 4-page spread (requiring 2 issues side-by-side for full effect). Pages fold out in this reprint version! SHIELD's invading The Yellow Claw's underground HQ pays tribute to the climax of the film YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967), except with the heroes coming up thru the floor instead of down thru the ceiling. SHIELD's Dreadnaught, which takes its name (ironically) from the HYDRA killer robot, is in the tradition of tunneling machines used by Cave Carson in BRAVE AND THE BOLD #31 (DC Comics, September 1960), The Hate Monger in FANTASTIC FOUR #21 (February 1963), International Rescue on the tv series THUNDERBIRDS (1965) and Japan's Science Patrol on the tv series ULTRA MAN (1966). The Claw's "Infinity Sphere" is strikingly similar to The Legion Of Super-Heroes' "Time Bubbles" in ADVENTURE COMICS. With Dr. Strange battling a science-fiction villain, and Fury hurtling thru other dimensions, the line between the 2 series in STRANGE TALES was beginning to disappear. Baron Strucker's Satan Claw last seen in STRANGE TALES #159 (August 1967). The Prime Mover would return in GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #3 (January 1975). While the ending of this story would be long debated among fans, writer Steve Englehart would bring back The Yellow Claw in CAPTAIN AMERICA #164-167 (August-November 1973).

Today Earth Died! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Steranko
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]; Chet Huntley (N.B.C. News); Dum Dum Dugan; Vaengr; Jimmy Woo
Synopsis:
Having returned from Hyper-Space, Fury, in his office, dictates a letter to Jimmy Woo. He's unsure if The Claw, Suwan & Von Voltzmann, who all turned out to be robots, were the same ones Jimmy knew in the 50's or not ("But maybe not, who can say?"). As he drops off to sleep, he gets a message from Val about a UFO and takes off in her Jaguar XK-E. In the middle of Mannhattan, a crowd of people and a TV news crew watch the arrival of a UFO, from which steps a beautiful, golden-skinned alien named Vaengr. He offers them "The Prism Of Miracles", which the elders of his people hope will "banish all hatred, crime, war and violence forever". Fury, Val & Dugan arrive, and go aboard his spaceship, but Val discovers Vaengr is not what he seems! Meanwhile, Jimmy receives Fury's message, which invites him to become a SHIELD agent. Aboard the alien ship, Fury is shocked as Val & Dugan are fried to ashes-- then, both he & Vanegr mutate into monstrous insect-like forms and do battle, while outside "greedy Earthlings" have turned on the Prism of Miracles-- really a "world-killing machine"-- as Vaengr reveals his race's purpose is to "destroy all life-- everywhere"! As Earth's complete destruction begins... Fury wakes from his nightmare. As he lights up a cigar, Dugan tells him of a report just in about a UFO...
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Indexer Notes

A peaceful alien offering a gift pays tribute to THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951), while an alien invasion which turns out to be a nightmare-- which starts all over again at the end of the story-- pays tribute to INVADERS FROM MARS (1953). Series continues in NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD #1 (June 1968).

The Moment of... Overkill! (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:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
HYDRA; Nick Fury
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Indexer Notes

Jim Steranko arrives at Marvel Comics!

[The Hiding Place!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Inks:
Jim Steranko (signed); Wally Wood (Laura Brown figure)
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Dum Dum Dugan; Laura Brown; Nick Fury; HYDRA
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Indexer Notes

Wood inks suggested by Henry Kujawa, agreed by Nick Simon (August 2007).

[Death Trap!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
HYDRA; Nick Fury
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Indexer Notes

Banner in masthead similar to the one that would become the standard design on Marvel with the November 1971 issues (with similar banners turning up on DC Comics, Atlas Comics & Archie Comics).

Crisis! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Supreme Hydra [Baron Strucker]; Laura Brown; Nick Fury
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Featuring: The Great Captain America! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury; Captain America [Steve Rogers]
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The Second Doom! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Yellow Claw; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Nick Fury
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And The Dragon Cried... Death! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Yellow Claw; Nick Fury
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Indexer Notes

Black backgrounds almost unheard of among 1960's Marvel covers; apparently a tribute to many 1950's Marvel horror covers (very fitting as The Yellow Claw's solo series ran from 1956-57).

Behold The Savage Sky! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Yellow Claw; Nick Fury
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[Armageddon!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
Sam Rosen
Editing:
Stan Lee

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Dum Dum Dugan; Val [Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine]; Gabe Jones; Nick Fury; The Gaff [Sidney E. Levine]; Clay Quartermain
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Indexer Notes

Advertised in previous issue's coming attactions box as "Mighty Marvel's first venture into psychedelic artwork". Nick Fury is a dead ringer for Burt Lancaster (Steranko's favorite actor) on this cover.

Jim Steranko (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Eduardo Lopez Lafuente
Letters:
typeset

The Greatest Comics Never Seen!! (Table of Contents)

Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot); ? (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (layouts); Jim Steranko
Inks:
Jim Steranko
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury

Indexer Notes

Try-out pages, previously published in Marvel Age. Text unrelated to story; describes Steranko's career and effect on comics.

Bullets, Babes and Brush-Strokes... (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
Estudio Fenix
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Nick Fury
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Indexer Notes

Image from panel 1 of page 10 of story. Text introduction of Steranko & his run of Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in STRANGE TALES.

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Table of Contents

  1. 0. Nick Fury, Agent of... S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. Prologue
  3. 2. Hydra Lives!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  4. 3. Overkill!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  5. 4. The Power of SHIELD!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  6. 5. The Hiding Place!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  7. 6. Beware... The Deadly Dreadnought!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  8. 7. Death Trap!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  9. 8. The Tribunal!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  10. 9. Crisis!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  11. 10. Final Encounter!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  12. 11. Spy School
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  13. 12. Project: Blackout
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  14. 13. The Second Doom
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  15. 14. So Evil, The Night!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  16. 15. And The Dragon Cried...Death!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  17. 16. When Comes...Black Noon!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  18. 17. Behold the Savage Sky!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  19. 18. If Death Be My Destiny!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  20. 19. Armageddon!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  21. 20. Today Earth Died!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  22. 21. The Moment of... Overkill!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  23. 22. [The Hiding Place!]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  24. 23. [Death Trap!]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  25. 24. Crisis!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  26. 25. Featuring: The Great Captain America!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  27. 26. The Second Doom!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  28. 27. And The Dragon Cried... Death!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  29. 28. Behold The Savage Sky!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  30. 29. [Armageddon!]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  31. 30. Jim Steranko
  32. 31. The Greatest Comics Never Seen!!
    Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  33. 32. Bullets, Babes and Brush-Strokes...
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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