(November 1970)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co., 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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
Marie Severin ?
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sometimes The Good Guys Lose!
Genre
spy
Characters
HYDRA; Nick Fury
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover depicts a scene from STRANGE TALES #138 (November 1965).

Find Fury or Die! (Table of Contents: 1)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (layouts); John Severin
Inks
John Severin
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Clipper Charlie (SHIELD barber); "Slim" (shoe-shine man); ? (manicure girl); Imperial Hydra (unnamed); Hydra-Hunter (Section Leader B)
Synopsis
HYDRA agents tail Fury intent on finding SHIELD's HQ, but Fury is aware he's being followed. HYDRA Section Leader B, a "Hydra-Hunter," runs the mission and hands over his hood to the Imperial Hydra so he will have no place to hide should he fail. When a few HYDRA agents show up at the barber shop which is the secret entrance to SHIELD's HQ, they're captured and hypnotized into believing the HQ is located in a warehouse blocks away. They attack the warehouse with a "Hydra-Ram,"-- but it's a trap! His plan a failure, Section Leader B is soon "replaced," while Fury ponders the future.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 7. 1st appearance of the SHIELD barber shop, a tribute to the tailor shop secret entrance to UNCLE HQ in the TV show THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. 1st appearance of the "Hydra-Ram," a flying saucer-type vehicle. Nick Fury, SHIELD & HYDRA turn up at Reed & Sue's wedding in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 (November 1965). Reprints continue from SGT. FURY ANNUAL #2 (November 1966).

[Strange Tales #135] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
spy
Characters
HYDRA; Nick Fury
Reprints

[Strange Tales #136] (Table of Contents: 3)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby; Steve Ditko (bottom tier)
Inks
Mike Esposito; Steve Ditko (bottom tier)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
spy
Characters
HYDRA; Nick Fury; Dr. Strange
Reprints

The Prize Is... Earth! (Table of Contents: 4)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (layouts); John Severin
Inks
John Severin
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Dum Dug Dugan; Gabe Jones; Leslie Farrington (Chairman, Imperial Industries International); Arnold Brown (Farrington's secretary); Imperial Hydra ("Imperial Leader"); Agent "G" [Laura Brown] (unnamed)
Synopsis
SHIELD agents attempt to get the microfilm to HQ but they fail, sacrificing themselves to prevent falling into HYDRA hands. The microfilm would have revealed the location of the Betratron Bomb, which Hydra will use to ransom the world. Leslie Farrington, chairmanship of Imperial Industries tells his assistant, Brown to track info on every board member, one of which is the Imperial Hydra. In a secret chamber below the boardroom Hydra's leader speaks to "Agent G", his daughter who begs him to end his mad plan, but he replies he is doing it for her benefit. The bomb launches without a hitch...
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 7. 1st appearance of the SHIELD Communication Center. The chase sequence, from train to car-turned-submarine vs. frogmen is strikingly similar to the one in the film THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977). 1st modern appearance of Dum Dum & Gabe (regular cast members in SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS). The relationship between Imperial Hydra & Agent G pays tribute to that of Doctor Fu Manchu & Fah Lo Suee, or The Yellow Claw and his niece, Suwan.

Sometimes the Good Guys Lose! (Table of Contents: 5)

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (layouts); John Severin
Inks
John Severin
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; Gabe Jones; Imperial Hydra (?); Agent "G" [Laura Brown] (unnamed); HYDRA; Tony Stark; Dum Dum Dugan; Leslie Farrington; Arnold Brown; Hodges; Wilson; Vincent Vandergill
Synopsis
Aboard SHIELD's Intercontinental Ballistic Plane, Fury uses the Televiewer Tube to locate the Betraton Bomb launch site. It is destroyed but the bomb was already launched. Agent G unsuccessfully implores her father, Imperial Hydra to come to his senses. He sends HYDRA's Fox Division to deliver his terms to every nation on Earth. Tony Stark prepares to show Fury the Braino-Saur, a new weapon when HYDRA agents capture him. At Imperial Industries board members vie for position, hoping to stage a corporate coup. Imperial Hydra gloats over Fury, while in Washington, HYDRA delivers their ultimatum.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 4 of 7. The tank which crashes thru a wall and then launches a section of itself as a missile is remarkably similar to the one used by Mr. Freeze in the film BATMAN AND ROBIN (1997). The board room scene is reminiscent of the film EXECUTIVE SUITE (1954).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Sometimes The Good Guys Lose!"]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. Find Fury or Die!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. [Strange Tales #135]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  4. 3. [Strange Tales #136]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange
  5. 4. The Prize Is... Earth!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  6. 5. Sometimes the Good Guys Lose!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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