Strange Tales #149 [Regular Edition]
(October 1966)

Marvel, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1966-07-07
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from 1966 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
This issue has variants:

The End of A.I.M.! (Table of Contents)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; A.I.M.
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The End of A.I.M.! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Denny O'Neil (credited); Jack Kirby (co-plot, uncredited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (layouts); Ogden Whitney (credited)
Inks
Ogden Whitney (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited)

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Nick Fury; A.I.M. (division of "THEM", really HYDRA); Dum Dum Dugan; Jasper Sitwell; Count Bornag Royale (A.I.M.); Number Nine (The Secret Empire) [Gabe Jones]
Synopsis
A.I.M. agents steal an LMD which turns out to be the real Nick Fury. The Heli-Carrier is on high-alert after Fury's leap and Sitwell plants a tracer on Count Royale as he rushes out. A pair of fleeing A.I.M. agents are met by one of the Secret Empire, which is a branch of "THEM"! The A.I.M. men are gassed unconscious by Gabe Jones working undercover. Jasper trails Royale to A.I.M.'s hidden base just before it explodes. Fury visits SHIELD's Museum for clues on HYDRA and is almost killed by an energy ray. Fury realizes "THEM" and HYDRA are one and the same, and it's up to SHIELD to stop them.
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Indexer Notes

Part 5 of 5. Secret Empire storyline continues from Hulk story in TALES TO ASTONISH #83; then concludes in Sub-Mariner stories in TALES TO ASTONISH #83-85 (September-November 1966). "THEM" is revealed to be a cover-name for HYDRA; as they supplied The Fixer who appeared in STRANGE TALES #141-143 (February-April 1966), this means HYDRA has never really gone away at this point! It's revealed that Count Royale was not killed in the massive explosion, in the Captain America story in this month's TALES OF SUSPENSE #82 (October 1966), as Cap winds up facing one of A.I.M.'s artificial androids.

Newsworthy Notes and Nutty Nonsense from Your Friendly Neighborhood Bullpen! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

Another Marvel Masterpiece (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

The Fantastic Four / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

If Kaluu Should Triumph... (Table of Contents: 4)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil (credited as Dennis O'Neil); Bill Everett (co-plot, uncredited)
Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett (credited)
Colors
Stan Goldberg ?
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dr. Strange; The Ancient One; Kaluu; Demons Of Danak
Synopsis
After 500 years of exile in the Nameless Dimension Kaluu returns to destroy his former friend, The Ancient One. Sealing Strange's sanctum in an impenetrable barrier which not even Strange's ectoplasmic form can pass he summons the Demons Of Danak, other-dimensional monsters, to attack. Knowing they cannot be stopped while in contact with their master, Strange & his mentor wait until the creatures penetrate the barrier. Finally striking out in a destructive force of energy, Kaluu enters the house, only to find his foes have vanished among the wreckage.
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Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 22.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Strange Mails / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Stan, Strange Tales is, by far, your worst publication...
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Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Carl Preddy, Richard Rockman, and Joe Crim. Also includes Merry Marvel Marching Society info and coupon, as well as a panel detail reproduced from a previous issue.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The End of A.I.M.!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. The End of A.I.M.!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. Newsworthy Notes and Nutty Nonsense from Your Friendly Neighborhood Bullpen!
    Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. Another Marvel Masterpiece
    The Fantastic Four
  5. 4. If Kaluu Should Triumph...
    Doctor Strange
  6. 5. ["Dear Stan, Strange Tales is, by far, your worst publication..."]
    Strange Mails
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