(April 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

[The 1st Million Megaton Explosion] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Frank Springer (signed); Barry Windsor-Smith (see notes)
Inks
Frank Springer (signed); Barry Windsor-Smith (see notes)
Colors
Marie Severin ?

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; Hate-Monger
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Springer's signature is barely visible on the upper left corner, next to the Marvel Comics Group logo. Per the original art published in Comic Book Artist # 13, May 2001, Springer's Nick Fury's face was redrawn by Barry Windsor-Smith.

The 1st Million Megaton Explosion (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
Inks
Mike Esposito (uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
Irv Watanabe (uncredited)

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; Laura Brown; Rick Jefferson; David Kies; Flowers Barton; Jake Cooley; Hate-Monger [unknown]; Dum Dum Dugan; Jimmy Woo; Gabe Jones; Ed Sullivan; President Lyndon B. Johnson
Synopsis
The Hate-Monger uses his ray to begin a riot setting young against old. The hate rays continue to pour forth, and gangs of youths seize power in New York and at an ICBM base in New Jersey. Conferring with the President, Fury asks for a space capsule at Cape Kennedy so he can knock out the Hate-Monger's threat. Fury invades the orbiting space station and confronts the Nazi villain. After a quick battle the Hate-Monger, trying to escape, accidentally steps out of the escape hatch and apparently dies in airless space.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Uncredited Esposito inking and Watanabe lettering per Nick Caputo, August 2012. Previous indexer credited Frank Springer with inking.

The "back cover" of the "The 1st Million Megaton Explosion" on page four pays tribute to the finale of the film PLANET OF THE APES (1968). Third time Hate-Monger apparently dies. A fourth Hate-Monger next appears in THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #13-14 (December 1977-January 1978). A fifth Hate-Monger turns up in SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #16-17 (May 1979-June 1980); as explained in these later stories, the 1st, 2nd & 5th Hate-Mongers all turn out to have had the actual brain-waves of the real Adolph Hitler. No explanation whatsoever for the Hate-Monger's space station NOT being blown out of the sky following the events of the previous issue; nor for Fury's need to use a NASA rocket to reach it, when he used a SHIELD aircraft in the previous episode (Or, for that matter, why, with an entire organization at his command, Fury keeps going on one-man suicide missions)

Frank Springer's last SHIELD episode; his next Marvel job is in CAPTAIN MARVEL #13 (May 1969).

Fabulous Facts and Frivolous Fables for Frantic Fans, Faithful Friends, and Fiendish Foes! (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
?
Pencils
Frank Springer; Herb Trimpe (illustrations)
Inks
John Tartaglione (illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; Sam Rosen

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes letters from Donald F. McGregor (future comics writer), Michael O'Brien, David Kennedy, Blair Hemstock, Harvey Schein, Anthony Kowalik, Wayne Dallas, Bruce Coville, Gary Dahlberg and Ken Ogden; includes Know Ye These, the Hallowed Ranks of Marveldom.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The 1st Million Megaton Explosion]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. The 1st Million Megaton Explosion
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. Fabulous Facts and Frivolous Fables for Frantic Fans, Faithful Friends, and Fiendish Foes!
    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:
  • Nick Caputo
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Chris Boyko
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Henry R. Kujawa