Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4
Cover Illustrator: Jim Steranko
Writer: Roy Thomas

Penciler: Frank Springer
Inker: Dan Adkins
Letterer: Sam Rosen

The Supreme Hydra dispatches orders to kill Nick Fury before he takes over as director of S.H.I.E.L.D..

  • Continuity Notes
  • The cover is one of the most popular illustrations of Nick Fury, appearing on T-shirts, posters and calendars.
  • The cover was used incongruously for a special reprint of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1) #1 packaged with the Nick Fury Marvel Legends action figure.
  • Roy Thomas is one of only two only writers to write for both of Nick Fury's 1960s title series.
  • Frank Springer was also an artist on the Howling Commandos titles.
  • Reprinted in:
    • Captain Britain (1) #33-34
    • Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 3

Steranko takes the day off aside from cover duties as the book recounts a touched-up version of Fury's ascension to the directorship of S.H.I.E.L.D. curtsey of writer Roy Thomas and penciler Frank Springer. The various assassination attempts are fun, but more interesting is the detail in the aircraft (like Cobra, HYDRA adopted the SR-71; my question is ...where do they get the special fuel?) The plot is familiar to us all by now, but its worth it, especially for the fantastic cover by Steranko.