Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko
Publication Date: August 1965
Well, apparently some people love Nick Fury stories, as he's now appearing as the lead feature in Strange Tales, replacing the adventures of Thing and Human Torch (Dr. Strange remains). And "present day" Fury is a more interesting read than WWII Fury, at least through one story.
Fury has an eye patch and is now a colonel, as we've seen him elsewhere. Anyway, he gets cloned, which is kind of crazy. Then, the clones get killed, thus proving someone is after our pal Nick. This is when Fury gets recruited into SHIELD, Marvel's covert spy organization. We're also introduced to HYDRA, the terrorist agency that makes for a natural nemesis to SHIELD. HYDRA is a forward-thinking equal opportunity group, as we witness their recruit of the first female agent into HYDRA ranks. Fury's got a lot of work to do.
In Strange's tale (hey, that's almost the name of the magazine!) he searches for the meaning of "Eternity," the word the Ancient One keeps muttering in his illness. Unfortunately, all he finds is a guy named Baskerville, who's really just another hound (it's a pun, don't worry about it). Strange determines that Mordo and Dormammu are working together, but he's no closer to finding any information on "Eternity."
- Tony Stark heads up the special weaponry section of SHIELD
- Fury is chosen by SHIELD to lead them in their fight against HYDRA
- Dormammu is onto Clea, who has been assisting Strange
The SHIELD Helicarrier makes its first appearance.
Next: Tales of Suspense # 68