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1968-06-01 00:05:10
Avengers #53
1968/Box 4/Silver Age
Captain Marvel #2-3

Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1-3,5

Issue(s): Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #2, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #3, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #5
Published Date: Jun-Oct 68
Title: "Who is Scorpio?" / "So shall ye reap... Death!" / "Dark moon rise, hell hound kill!" / "Whatever happened to Scorpio?"
Jim Steranko - Writer
Jim Steranko - Penciler
Joe Sinnott / Frank Giacoia / Dan Adkins / John Tartaglione - Inker

While the previous set of Steranko stories were essentially conventional Nick Fury stories told with a higher degree of sophistication and better art, these stories are pure art school.

If the previous stories were James Bond, these are The Prisoner. The first and last issues deal with Scorpio, hinted but never confirmed to be Nick Fury's brother.

In between we get a strange sci-fi tale and a ghost story.

The art is fantastic as Steranko continues to experiment with form and panel layout.

The coloring matches to psychedelic artwork.

Sometimes there are large blocks of text which doesn't work for me but it's interesting to see it appear in a Marvel comic for the first time.

Everything here is so different than what's going on in the Marvel line in general. It is a real shame that Steranko basically disappears from Marvel after these issues. It would have been nice to see him continue on either with Nick Fury or elsewhere.

Issue #2 introduces a character called Centurius.

He's a super-genius working on a space-arc that will preserve Earth's life forms since he believes mankind is about to destroy the planet (of course, launching his arc will also ensure that the Earth will be destroyed, but from his point of view that's just accelerating the inevitable).

I think he's probably Marvel's first black super-villain, for whatever that's worth. Outside of this story, he hasn't had a lot of appearances but he eventually becomes a member of the Thunderbolts.

Issue #2 has Jimmy Woo joining SHIELD after a pretty far-out initiation process.

Nick Fury gets some help from a movie crew filming a giant monster film in issue #2. Some of these characters will appear again in some Ulysses Bloodstone stories.

Quality Rating: B

Historical Significance Rating: 6 - First Scorpio. First Centurius. Jimmy Woo joins SHIELD.

Chronological Placement Considerations: Skipping issue #4, which was a fill-in by Roy Thomas and not included in the trade paperback.

References: N/A

Cross-over: N/A

Continuity Implant? N

Reprinted In: Nick Fury: Who is Scorpio? TPB

Inbound References (6): show

Characters Appearing: Brad Carter, Centurius, Clay Quartermain, Contessa Valentina Allegro De La Fontaine, Dum Dum Dugan, Jimmy Woo, Nick Fury, P.D.Q. Werner, Scorpio (Jake Fury LMD)

Avengers #53
1968/Box 4/Silver Age
Captain Marvel #2-3


According to Dave Kraft just before Defenders #50, this Scorpio is not Jake Fury, but some other guy.

The Comics Code made Marvel remove most of Val's cleavage.

The "Hell Hound" issue is largely Steranko's take on the Gothic Romance genre, which comics in general wouldn't take on until the early 1970s, and sporadically(and unsuccessfully) at that.

I dont' very like much this story, about the great Nick Fury's brother Jake has he the time to become Scorpio, New Zodiac president and terrorist ? He needn't do where he had unchess on his residence but he finds it very poorly characteristics to his villain he is insane and rumps around humans who doesn't believe him, he wants revenge and domination about Nick Fury

About Cenuturius, it's a presumed humanity savior military and scientist, he likes animals, houses but for humanity don't you think he tried to dominate with dollars he is conservative and patriotic then, to his ranks, the machine that Centurius built are in great ambition but he tricks Fury and Julia by puilting a transformated weapon destined to kill evil, and I asked myself if that poorly or if he tried to be evil by killing evil ( The same exemple from Professor Power )

Some of the art changes demanded by the Comics Code for #2 were done by John Romita.

I'd rather look at the art than read the story. I'm not sure if that's necessarily a good thing.

Never was a huge Nick Fury fan and never bought an issue where he was the primary character. But this is just great, great work by Steranko. One of the few times I would argue for a higher grade, under the theory that people who had no interest in comics would buy this just for the art.

Mark, the Scorpio in issue 1 wasn't Jake Fury, but the Scorpio in issue 5 was.

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