Iron Man (1) #35-36/ Daredevil (1) #73 "Saga of the Zodiac" (1971)
Writer: Gerry Conway & Allyn Brodsky
Penciler: Don Heck (Iron Man #35-36) Gene Colan (Daredevil #73)
Inker: Mike Esposito (Iron Man #35-36) Syd Shores (Daredevil #73)
Letterer: Artie Simek (Iron Man #35-36) Sam Rosen (Daredevil #73)

Iron Man, Daredevil, and Fury's cross paths as the Zodiac targets all three heroes for control of the Zodiac (Scorpio) Key in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. Once captured the unknown alien force that has been guiding the Zodiac reveals itself to be the the Brotherhood of Ankh and they seek both villians and heroes to do battle for thier pleasure.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Cover appearances on Iron Man #35 and Daredevil #73
  • Appearance by Jasper Sitwell
  • The Zodiac Key was last seen in the milestone Avengers (1) #72
  • A cover page ad for the final issue of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1) appears on the checklist page in Iron Man #36
  • Reprinted in Essential Daredevil (3)

Another Marvel slugfest, through three issues of two comics, which seem unjustified by the end it all. Fury's personal connection with the Scorpio (Zodiac) Key and its original bearer seem trivialized by these issues, and the mystery begun by Steranko continues to be seriously mishanded by the rest of the Marvel Bullpen. Dialouge remains heavy-handed throughout and the various ongoing plotlines make it difficult for the casual reader just picking it up for a Fury appearence; your best bet is to pick up at least #34 too.