(September 1968)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Olympia Publications, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
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

Issue Notes

"SHIELD Origin Issue!" is a misnomer; story retells Fury's recruitment to SHIELD from STRANGE TALES #135 (August 1965); SHIELD's origin not revealed until FURY #1 (May 1994).


"And Now It Begins..." (Table of Contents: 1)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas (plot, dialogue); Frank Springer (plot)
Pencils
Frank Springer
Inks
Frank Springer
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury L.M.D.; HYDRA; Agent R (armored suit); Nick Fury; Agent C; Agent L; Imperial Hydra ["The Master"] (unnamed); Agent H [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Tony Stark; Corporal Charles Atkins (Serial #35067731; HYDRA agent)
Synopsis
HYDRA repeatedly tries to murder Nick Fury before he can recruited to head SHIELD. The agent in charge of the operation, Agent L, is executed for his failure by Agent H. After reminiscing about his days in World War II, Fury meets Tony Stark, who introduces him to the SHIELD board of directors, then shows him a film detailing HYDRA's operations. After Fury uncovers a bomb in the room and dispatches it, along with the spy who planted it, he realizes the danger facing the free world and takes the job.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Frank Springer's first Marvel work. Springer had previously done SECRET SIX #1-2 (May-July 1968) for DC and "PHOEBE ZEIT-GEIST" in the magazine EVERGREEN REVIEW. Expanded retelling of the story from STRANGE TALES #135 (August 1965), following the retold origins in IRON MAN #1, CAPTAIN AMERICA #100, THE INCREDIBLE HULK #102, SUB-MARINER #1 and DR. STRANGE #169. Roy Thomas mistakenly refers to the leader as "Supreme Hydra", when in most episodes of the original serial he was referred to as "Imperial Hydra" (hinting at his connection with Imperial Industries International).

More Hysterical Hoopla and Hangups from Your Howlin' House of Ideas! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Don't Yield, Write S.H.I.E.L.D / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gary Friedrich ?
Letters
typeset; Sam Rosen

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Edward Romero, Donald F. McGregor (future comics writer), Steve Shuchart, Steven Grant (future comics writer), Mike Richmond, and Ralph Duby; includes Know Ye These, the Hallowed Ranks of Marveldom.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. SHIELD Origin Issue!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. "And Now It Begins..."
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. More Hysterical Hoopla and Hangups from Your Howlin' House of Ideas!
    Marvel Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Don't Yield, Write S.H.I.E.L.D
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Claus Simonsen
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Katy Hayhurst
  • Chris Boyko
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry R. Kujawa