Characters Appearing: Imperial Hydra Arnold Brown, Iron Man, Laura Brown, Nick Fury
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #4
Issue(s): Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #4
What's most interesting about the issue is the way Frank Springer tries to mimic the style of Steranko (but of course if you're reading through this site in order you haven't even gotten to the Steranko stuff yet). Springer was chosen because he had "co-create the 'edgy' spy comic feature Phoebe Zeit-Geist for the Evergreen Review magazine" (quote from Roy Thomas' intro to the Marvel Masterworks volume where this was reprinted).
Springer (and the uncredited colorist; Steranko had been coloring his own issues) manages to superficially create the Steranko look. Lots of angled panels and a vaguely psychedelic feel. But it's clearly not Steranko, and according to Thomas' Masterworks intro it didn't satisfy fans. Nonetheless, after next issue turned out to be Steranko's last, Springer became the regular artist on the title.
Thomas and Springer had twice as many pages to fill since the original story was published in a split book, but they manage to expand the story without adding much in the way of new content. The biggest new scene is where Nick Fury discovers the undercover agent that planted the bomb on the Helicarrier.
Beyond that, the additional page count is made up with a quick recap of Fury's Sgt. Fury days...
...and, mainly, through bigger panels.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: I've placed this directly after Strange Tales #135 since it's a retelling of the same story.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD vol. 3
Roy was being a bit dishonest in calling Phoebe Zeit-Geist a spy strip--it was mostly a Candide-like serial with the title heroine constantly getting her clothes ripped off and receiving various forms of torture(Michael O'Donoghue was the writer),and was supposed to be a follow-up in theme to the first American reprinting of Jean-Claude Forest's "Barbarella" in the same magazine.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 13, 2014 12:41 AM
Frank Springer is no Jim Steranko but he does an admirable job trying here. Anyway, ho-hum story but I did enjoy an ad in the book called "Pete Duncan - Dropout." It's about a guy getting his high school diploma via correspondence school so he can get a better job to support his family. It probably speaks more to my low interest in Fury and SHIELD than anything else but I really wanted to see where Pete's life went from there.
Posted by: Robert | February 20, 2016 6:40 PM
I thought this retelling was quite weak and unnecessary.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 31, 2016 8:42 PM
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