(March 1971)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1970-11-17
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

Last issue of NICK FURY; 3rd & final all-reprint issue. Reprints would continue 2 years later in SHIELD #1 (February 1973), but skip an episode in doing so.
On sale date as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, 1971, page 266, registration number B631986.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Herb Trimpe ?; Marie Severin ?
Inks
Marie Severin ?; John Severin ?
Colors
?
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Who Strikes At--- SHIELD?
Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
The Fixer; Mentallo; Nick Fury
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover depicts scene from STRANGE TALES #142 (March 1966). Nick Caputo suspects the T.S. signature means Trimpe and Marie Severin, not John, and that the cover is a combination of the two.

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

Revell Models / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Who Strikes at--- SHIELD? (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, uncredited); Stan Lee (credited) (dialogue)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Mike Esposito (credited as Mike Demeo)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited)

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Nick Fury; "Wild Bill" Robot; E.S.P. Division; Mentallo; The Fixer
Synopsis
Fury checks out the Encephalogram-Inducer which, when hooked into the Brainwave Stimulator transforms the ESP Divisions' thoughts into images. Mentallo breaches The Fixer's underwater base, convincing him to join forces. They travel underground to SHIELD HQ in a Thru-The-Ground Tank which The Fixer mentions was supplied by THEM. Inside SHIELD HQ, the Fixer uses a Static Distorter to cut off outside communications. Mentallo and The Fixer take on Fury and SHIELD using Element Z to render everyone unconscious. Placing an electronic mask on Fury's face, The Fixer turns him into a mindless slave.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 2 of 3. Story occurs concurrently with TALES OF SUSPENSE #75 (March 1966). 1st mention of "THEM". 3rd & final SHIELD episode where Jack Kirby did full pencils. Kirby would not do full pencils on Nick Fury again until the Captain America story in TALES OF SUSPENSE #92 (August 1967).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

North American School of Drafting / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Various Single Panel Advertisements] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Mail Sack Inc. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Who Strikes At--- SHIELD?] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
The Fixer; Mentallo; SHIELD; Nick Fury
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Caption block reads: "We DO have a title for this thriller... honest!! But, Jolly Jack didn't leave us room to letter it!" New caption reads: "Remember when... SHIELD covers had no space for a title?"

To Free A Brain Slave! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Mentallo; Nick Fury; The Fixer
Reprints

Indexer Notes

New caption reads "Remember when... you knew that Fury was tied up with work?"

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Vern Estes / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

To Free a Brain Slave (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, uncredited); Stan Lee (credited) (dialogue)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited) (layouts); Howard Purcell (credited)
Inks
Mike Esposito (credited as M. Demeo)
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited as A. Simek)

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Dum Dum Dugan; Mentallo; Nick Fury; The Fixer; Gabe Jones; Tony Stark; ESP Division
Synopsis
While SHIELD HQ is in the hands of Mentallo & The Fixer, and Fury a helpless prisoner, Dum Dum & his men prepare to strike back! Tony Stark takes command as the technos prepare his "Neutralizer". The ESP Division are unable to pick up any trace of Fury's thoughts, but the Doctor in charge of suspects Stark has a heart condition. The baddies attach a miniature H-Bomb to Fury's wrists, then remove the mind-control mask. Big mistake-- as Fury immediately begins thinking of an old war song, which acts as the "go" signal. After a burning chemical forces the baddies to remove their protective helmets, they come under attack by the ESP Division. While Fury holds out, Stark's Neutralizer disolves the H-Bomb! Mentallo & The Fixer fight to escape, but are quickly captured, with the help of SHIELD's "Metronome Unit". It's revealed that the ESP attack has destroyed Mentallos' powers, and that Fury was wearing a "Mental Transmitter" to contact them. But elsewhere, a jet takes off from The Heli-Carrier-- but is quickly shot down by a flying golden egg...
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 3. Fixer mentions the H-Bomb was supplied by "THEM". The "Metronome Units" join the ranks of Jack Kirby's wildest design ideas. Without their helmets, The Fixer & Mentallo bear a striking resemblance to DC's Lex Luthor & Brainiac! (The bearded mind-reading Mentallo in particular may well have been the inspiration for John Byrne's human mentalist "Brainiac" who debuted in ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #438 (March 1988).

Shop By Mail; Stamps (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Day of the Druid! (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Dr. Strange; The Druid; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury
Reprints

Indexer Notes

New caption reads: "Remember when... you decided never to thumb a ride with the man from SHIELD?"

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

The Day of the Druid! (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, uncredited); Stan Lee (credited) (dialogue)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited) (layouts); Howard Purcell (credited as H. Purcell)
Inks
Mike Esposito (credited as M. Demeo)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
The Druid; Dum Dum Dugan; Nick Fury; Jasper Sitwell (SHIELD Academy, Class of '66); "Clipper Charlie" (SHIELD barber)
Synopsis
A mysterious villain called The Druid, using "mystic rites" to disguise "modern, sinister science", sends another deadly flying egg, to kill Nick Fury! Meanwhile, at the crash site of the downed jet, Fury races thru the fire to shut down the plane's nuclear reactor before it can explode and take out half the countryside. Dugan refuses to enter the "Mobile Fallout Shelter", and waits for Fury-- thinking for a moment he's just died, then overjoyed to find his old friend alive and ornery as ever. On the road in his Porche 904, Fury & Dugan are attacked by the egg. The car dodges a flame-thrower, strikes back with a "Borer-Bomb", then falls victim to plastic self-forming tank traps. As the car flips over, its "Air Sacs" activate, then Fury uses its jet fans to fly away and land safely. The pair finally use "Grenade Guns" to take out the offensive omelette. Back at the SHIELD barber shop, clean-cut new recruit Jasper Sitwell has a hard time convincing the barber he's really a SHIELD agent. He tells Fury he's been assigned to help him against the flying eggs, which remain a mystery.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 2. The opening sequence of a mystic rite above-ground while technos supply the goods bears a striking resemblance to the "graveyard" scene in the film LIVE AND LET DIE (1973). The car chase in this episode stands out as one of the most exciting (and fun) action scenes in the series. The "Air Sacs", which "airlines are experimenting with now", predate air bags in cars by decades! 1st appearance of Jasper Sitwell (based on Roy Thomas!). Series ends on cliffhanger. Reprints continue 2 years later in SHIELD #1 (February 1973), but skips STRANGE TALES #145 (June 1966), still NOT reprinted as of this indexing!

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The Mighty Marvel Checklist / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.4 page (report information)

Marvel Artists Self Portraits (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Marvelmania / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.6 page (report information)

Shop by Mail (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Shop by Mail (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Monster Fan Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

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

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Who Strikes At--- SHIELD?"]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. 1. ["Introducing Deal's Wheels, the most far-out model series yet."]
    Revell Models
  3. 2. Who Strikes at--- SHIELD?
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  4. 3. ["These 3 big drafting kits* given to you!"]
    North American School of Drafting
  5. 4. [Various Single Panel Advertisements]
    Mail Sack Inc.
  6. 5. [Who Strikes At--- SHIELD?]
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  7. 6. To Free A Brain Slave!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  8. 7. ["400 crazy labels"]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  9. 8. ["Step into the real world of space with Vern Estes."]
    Vern Estes
  10. 9. ["Spending money and prizes get both sell Grit 'America’s greatest family newspaper'"]
    Grit
  11. 10. To Free a Brain Slave
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  12. 11. Shop By Mail; Stamps
  13. 12. The Day of the Druid!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  14. 13. ["Cerebral comments and cogent critiques, capriciously created with care and candor!"]
    Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox
  15. 14. The Day of the Druid!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    The Mighty Marvel Checklist
  17. 16. Marvel Artists Self Portraits
    Marvelmania
  18. 17. Shop by Mail
  19. 18. Shop by Mail
  20. 19. ["Join now! America's only monster fan club"]
    Monster Fan Club
  21. 20. ["Second chance for high school drop-outs to get a diploma"]
    Academy for Home Study
  22. 21. ["Do you have art talent worth developing?"]
    Famous Artists School
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