(March 1969)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1968-12-05
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 (editor)

Issue Notes

On sale date as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, 1969, page 254, registration number B506313.

[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; superhero
Characters
Hate-Monger; Nick Fury; Laura Brown
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Joe Weider / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Twas the Night Before Christmas (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
spy; superhero
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 New York City 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).

Secrets of Teaching Yourself Music (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

U.S. School of Music / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

It's Brand New!! Marvel's Swingin' Inflatable Plastic Pillows! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Marvel Plastic Pillows; Marvel T-Shirts; Merry Marvel Marching Society Membership Kit / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Now You Can Finish High School at Home (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Academy for Home Study / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Boys 12 or Older Sell Grit in your Spare Time (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

4 New "Finds for Coin Collectors (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Littleton Coin Co. Catalog / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Missile Tank (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Honor House Products / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Shop by Mail; Stamps] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

Brilliant Bits of Block-Busting Bombast Straight from Your Blushin' Bullpen! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

We Pay $100 for Only 59 Lincoln Pennies (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Centre Coin Co. Catalog / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Magic World of Surprises and Mystery (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

American Circle Corp. Products / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

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
Sam Rosen; typeset

Characters
Nick Fury
Reprints

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.

2 More Triumphs from Marvel (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Colonial Studios / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Famous Artists School / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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. ["Tired of being 'skinny'?"]
    Joe Weider
  3. 2. Twas the Night Before Christmas
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  4. 3. Secrets of Teaching Yourself Music
    U.S. School of Music
  5. 4. It's Brand New!! Marvel's Swingin' Inflatable Plastic Pillows!
    Marvel Plastic Pillows; Marvel T-Shirts; Merry Marvel Marching Society Membership Kit
  6. 5. Now You Can Finish High School at Home
    Academy for Home Study
  7. 6. Boys 12 or Older Sell Grit in your Spare Time
    Grit
  8. 7. 4 New "Finds for Coin Collectors
    Littleton Coin Co. Catalog
  9. 8. Missile Tank
    Honor House Products
  10. 9. ["20 course home study program"]
  11. 10. [Shop by Mail; Stamps]
  12. 11. Brilliant Bits of Block-Busting Bombast Straight from Your Blushin' Bullpen!
    Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox
  13. 12. We Pay $100 for Only 59 Lincoln Pennies
    Centre Coin Co. Catalog
  14. 13. Magic World of Surprises and Mystery
    American Circle Corp. Products
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Don't Yield, Write S.H.I.E.L.D
  16. 15. 2 More Triumphs from Marvel
  17. 16. ["Amazing $1 art offer"]
    Colonial Studios
  18. 17. ["We're looking for people who like to draw"]
    Famous Artists School
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