(January 1971)

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

[The Brave Die Hard!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
John Verpoorten ?
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto ?

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; HYDRA
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Verpoorten inks per nick Caputo, judging by the signature, which appears to be a combination of Severin and Verpoorten. Cover depicts scene from STRANGE TALES #139 (December 1965), although Fury is shown wearing jumpsuit which he never wore until STRANGE TALES #156 (April 1967). (Also, Clay Quartermain was the one who wore an orange jumpsuit; Fury wore black / dark blue.)

The Brave Die Hard! (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); Joe Sinnott
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; HYDRA; Supreme Hydra [?]; Tony Stark; Dum Dum Dugan; Gabe Jones; Agent G [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Leslie Farrington; Wilson; Vincent Vandergill; Arnold Brown
Synopsis
Hydra fails to learn the Braino-Saur’s location despite their Image-Inducer. Stark tells SHIELD's directors it was designed to disarm the Betraton Bomb orbiting above Earth. Agent G helps Fury escape but he refuses to promise not to harm her father, the Supreme Hydra. Dum Dum, Gabe and a SHIELD squad use the captured Hydra saucer to locate their HQ. In the Imperial Industries boardroom tremors shake the building forcing everyone to flee. Below, Supreme Hydra learns of his daughter’s treachery. SHIELD attacks and he sends his Tiger Squad aware that it may mean his own daughter's death.
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Indexer Notes

Part 5 of 7. The title predates the film DIE HARD (1988) by 23 years! Name of HYDRA's leader changed from "Imperial Hydra" to "Supreme Hydra" in this episode.

[Strange Tales #137] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Pencils
John Severin (signed); Steve Ditko (lower tier)
Inks
John Severin (signed); Steve Ditko (lower tier)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Imperial Hydra; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; Gabe Jones; Dr. Strange; The Ancient One
Reprints

[Strange Tales #138] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
John Severin
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Nick Fury; HYDRA
Reprints

The End of Hydra! (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); Don Heck
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
spy
Characters
Agent G [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Nick Fury; HYDRA; Dum Dum Dugan; Gabe Jones; Imperial Hydra [Arnold Brown]; Tony Stark
Synopsis
Fury defeats the Hunter robot. Surrounded by HYDRA's Tiger squad, Dum Dum, Gabe and fellow agents use a Flying Wedge formation and an Electro-Jab weapon to push thru. HYDRA retaliates with Skate Board Units. Joined by Fury SHIELD overpowers HYDRA while Supreme Hydra realizes he must use Operation Last Resort. In space, Stark disarms the Betraton Bomb. SHIELD orders the arrest of HYDRA agents worldwide. SHIELD blasts into HYDRA's Nerve Center while their leader walks up the stairs leading to Imperial Industries boardroom. As he prepares to hit the destruct button, we learn his real identity.
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Indexer Notes

Part 6 of 7. Arnold Brown revealed as Imperial Hydra in this episode. The "Flying Wedge" and the "Skate Board Units" must rank among the most outrageous ideas ever from Jack Kirby. In this episode, Nick Fury is a dead ringer for Ralph Meeker, who played Mike Hammer in the film KISS ME DEADLY (1955), while Arnold Brown bears a resemblance to Warren editor Archie Goodwin!

[Strange Tales #139] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Pencils
Jack Kirby (layouts); Joe Sinnott; Marie Severin (Dr. Strange figure)
Inks
Joe Sinnott; Marie Severin (Dr. Strange figure)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
spy
Characters
Dr. Strange; Nick Fury
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Dr. Strange figure by Marie Severin; credits from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (26 July 2005); original indexer credited Steve Ditko. SHIELD panel reproduced (with different coloring) from page 1 inside this issue.

[Strange Tales #140] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
spy
Characters
HYDRA; SHIELD; Gabe Jones; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury
Reprints

Operation: "Brain Blast!" (Table of Contents: 7)

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
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
spy
Characters
HYDRA; Nick Fury; Dum Dum Dugan; Agent G [Laura Brown] (unnamed); Imperial Hydra [Arnold Brown]; Gabe Jones; E.S.P. Division; Mentallo; The Fixer
Synopsis
Supreme Hydra Arnold Brown cannot press the destruct button knowing his daughter would also perish. Unconvinced he is Supreme Hydra his guards execute him. Fury lets Agent G escape when she demonstrate Hydra's Vacuum-sole shoes. SHIELD's E.S.P. Division uses the Brainwave Stimulator to send Fury a mental warning of a mock attack. Mentallo, a renegade SHIELD agent, has the power to project thoughts into images as SHIELD works to copy his power. Seeing images of The Fixer, who escapes a jail cell with equipment built from common objects Mentallo intends to join forces with him.
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Indexer Notes

Part 7 of 7 / Part 1 of 3. 1st appearance of SHIELD's E.S.P. Division, Mentallo, The Fixer. In this episode, Arnold Brown bears a resemblance to actor Walter Pidgeon. 2nd of only 3 SHIELD episodes on which Jack Kirby did full pencils. The new story starts on page 8; when Stan Lee wrote "at that very moment", he should really have said "a week later", as reading the page literally makes it appear Fury (who was heading for dinner and a long sleep) was in 2 places at the same time!

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The Brave Die Hard!]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. The Brave Die Hard!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. 2. [Strange Tales #137]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange
  4. 3. [Strange Tales #138]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  5. 4. The End of Hydra!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  6. 5. [Strange Tales #139]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Dr. Strange
  7. 6. [Strange Tales #140]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  8. 7. Operation: "Brain Blast!"
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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