(March 1969)

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
Magazine Management Co.
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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Frank Springer; John Romita (alterations)
Inks
Frank Springer; John Romita (alterations)
Colors
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Hate-Monger; Nick Fury; Laura Brown
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Craig inks and Romita alterations per Nick Caputo, August 2012.

Twas the Night Before Christmas (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Gary Friedrich (plot, dialogue); Frank Springer (plot)
Pencils
Frank Springer; Barry Smith (see notes)
Inks
Johnny Craig
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek; Jean Izzo; Morrie Kuramoto (uncredited)

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; Dolly; Harv; Luke; Laura Brown; Jasper Sitwell; Hate-Monger [unknown]
Synopsis
Fury heads home to his apartment and is surprised by Laura Brown, who tells him that she thought it would be nice to spend Christmas together. Their celebrations are interrupted by a transmission from The Hate-Monger, who plans to drop a "Germ Bomb" to wipe out the entire population of NYC and as a result, will turn the world leaders against each other, resulting in a nuclear holocaust that will purge Earth of all living beings. But thanks to a mysterious unidentified object, Fury manages to make it home in time to finish celebrating with Laura.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Smith pencils on page 2, panels 2-4; page 3 and page 4, panels 1-3. Smith pencil credits from Michel Faber, April 2009. The fact that this action sequence has no relevance to the rest of the story suggests that it was originally produced for a different Nick Fury story that was rejected or not completed. Izzo and Kuramoto lettering on Barry Smith penciled pages. info per Nick Caputo, August 2012.


Jasper Sitwell last seen in a SHIELD episode in STRANGE TALES #159 (August 1967). Self-Orbiting Attack Craft last seen in NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD #2 (July 1968). Third time Hate-Monger appears in this story; it's clearly not Adolph Hitler this time, as he has no moustache. Hate-Monger's scheme of germ-induced mass murder, provoking a nuclear war and a new population riding out the holocaust aboard a space station was mirrored to varying degrees in the plots of the 007 films THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) and MOONRAKER (1979).

Brilliant Bits of Block-Busting Bombast Straight from Your Blushin' Bullpen! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins / promo (ad from the publisher) / 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
Roy Thomas ?
Pencils
Frank Springer (illustration)
Inks
Frank Springer (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; Sam Rosen

Indexer Notes

Letters from Eric Knight, Tom Rutten, Richard Kimble, Dick Glass, Paul Sanford and Charles Shamonsky; includes Know Ye These, the Hallowed Ranks of Marveldom.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. Twas the Night Before Christmas
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. Brilliant Bits of Block-Busting Bombast Straight from Your Blushin' Bullpen!
    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:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Chris Boyko
  • Nick Caputo
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Katy Hayhurst
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mark Gordon
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry R. Kujawa