(March 1969)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Magazine Management Co.
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Stan Lee
Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
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)

Frank Springer; John Romita (alterations)
Frank Springer; John Romita (alterations)

Hate-Monger; Nick Fury; Laura Brown

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)

Gary Friedrich (plot, dialogue); Frank Springer (plot)
Frank Springer; Barry Smith (page 2 except for panel 1, all of page 3, and the first two panels of page 4)
Johnny Craig
Artie Simek; Jean Izzo; Morrie Kuramoto (uncredited)

Nick Fury; Dolly; Harv; Luke; Laura Brown; Jasper Sitwell; Hate-Monger [unknown]
December 24, 1968: Fury heads home, thinking how for some, holidays "can only hold the empty void left by a tragic past". After a mugging attempt in which he sent his attackers packing, Fury arrives at his apartment and is surprised by Laura Brown, who tells him since neither one of them have families she thought it would be a good idea to spend the holiday together. Their celebrations are interrupted by a "condition red" alert. Aboard the Heli-Carrier, Fury finds Sitwell, who was given two days off for the holidays by Tony Stark, and decided to drop by to see if he could be useful. They've intercepted a transmission from The Hate-Monger, who intends to drop a "Germ Bomb" to wipe out the entire population of NYC! Fury takes the "Self-Orbiting Attack Craft" to a huge scientific complex orbiting the Earth. Fury tackles a large number of The Hate-Monger's men single-handed, but is eventually brought down by numbers. On awakening, he finds himself imprisoned inside the capsule containing the "Germ Bomb", as The Hate-Monger explains that once NYC has been wiped out, it will "set all the nations of the world against each other", resulting in a nuclear holocaust that will "purge Earth of all living beings"-- save those in his orbiting colony. One of their aircraft follows the capsule down to make sure things go right, but a mysterious unidentified object zips at incredible speed between them, causing a collision which sets the bomb off prematurely, allowing the germs to dissipate & die in the upper atmosphere! Fury manages to find the ejector button, parachutes to safety, is picked up by the harbor patrol, and makes it home in time to finish off his celebrations with Laura. As the sun comes up, Fury wonders what it was that caused the collision, thinking, "Who knows-- maybe there IS a Santa Claus!"

Indexer Notes

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). 3rd 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). To date, this is the only post-Steranko SHIELD story of the 1960's to ever be reprinted. Barry 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 pencilled pages. info per Nick Caputo, August 2012.

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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.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Nick Caputo
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mark Gordon
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry R. Kujawa