Iron Man #174- 175 (1983)
Writer: Denny O'Neil
Penicler: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Steve Mitchell
Letterer: Rick Parker
Colors:Bob Sharen

Stane International has taken control of Stark International leaving Tony Stark out in the cold and Jim Rhodes to don the Iron Man armor and protect what he can. Fury, realizing the danger of Stane producing weapons based on Stark designs, helps Iron Man defeat the theft of a cadre of armors. However some extra armor has become lost in international waters and Fury informs Rhodes that he intends to claim them for himself.

Fury hops on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s latest vehicle, an airborne submersible to recover the discarded armors lost in the ocean for the agency. Jim Rhodes, as Iron Man, intercepts Fury and the pair battle in air and under the ocean for the armors. Meanwhile Atlantian mauraders come across the armours as well and the iron avenger and SHIELD ramrod must put aside thier differences. 

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearence by Jasper Sitwell
  • Technically speaking, as Fury is in the SPLASH unit in the story, #175 is a cover appearence
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.'s latest airship is the S.P.L.A.S.H. (Special Personal Land Air Subsea Hovercraft).
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. had broken the frequency for Iron Man's personal communications for some time.
  • Fury cites his offer of obtaining technology for SHIELD from Iron Man #129.

Carrying on from the discord in issues 118 and 119, Fury's persistence in obtaining technology drops to a new low in this issue, however its much better justififed then in the previous attempt. The takeover by Stane of Stark's company would seem to have opened a great opportunity for Fury to lend a hand, and in fact he does, but then he turns around and stabs Tony Stark in the back. His attempts to bend the rules because of the golden opportunity (pardon the pun) to grab some Iron Man armors paints Fury in a very bad light. To his credit, O'Neil's script has Fury feeling some slight remorse, but in the end Fury isn't swayed by his friendship with either Tony Stark or whatever camradire he feels for Iron Man (its clear that he still doesn't know Tony is Iron Man).

On the positive side, Fury does put in a good appearence in #175, its just a shame that its against Iron Man. The SPLASH is a great S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle and the art team prove some good coverage of the helicarrier.

Its must be noted that since Fury is unaware of any attempts at obtaining Iron Man, then per the events of the Nick Fury Vs S.H.I.E.L.D. mini, this Nick Fury is possiblly an LMD.