Issue(s): Strange Tales #146, Strange Tales #147 (Nick Fury stories only)
Published Date: Jul-Aug 66
Title: "When the unliving strike!" / "The enemy within!"
Stan Lee - Writer
Jack Kirby - Breakdowns
Don Heck - Finishes
Mike Esposito - Inker
Nick Fury and his SHIELD agents are hunting down the secret organization known as "Them" when they are attacked by a squad of amphibian androids. Meanwhile a top representative from Advanced Idea Mechanics arrives on the SHIELD helicarrier and is given clearance by a Lieutenant General who has been bumping heads with Fury's men. Fury's men enter Them's hideout and fight there way through more artificial life forms...
...and then deduce that Them and AIM are one and the same.
Don't yield! Back SHIELD!
Count Bornag Royale, head of AIM, causes trouble for Fury with the Pentagon. Fury, Dum Dum, and Sitwell rescue the SHIELD barbershop guards from an AIM attack...
...but the fact that Fury led the attack personally means that some think he is not fit for a leadership role.
It's kind of cool that AIM was originally thought to be a legitimate organization.
Quality Rating: C-
Historical Significance Rating: 5 - Them and AIM revealed to be one and the same.
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
- There's a reference to Anthony Stark being in trouble with Washington and therefore being unable to attend the AIM scientist's weapon's demonstration. There's no issue reference just a footnote for "the current ish of Suspense".
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Nick Fury and his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1