Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #7
Cover Illustrator: Jim Steranko
Writer: Archie Goodwin

Penciler: Frank Springer
Letterer: Artie Simek

Investigating the source of madness that is striking his agents, Fury is drugged by enemy agents and is let loose in NYC while his mind interprets the world around him as a never-ending nightmare.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Jones, and Woo
  • Fury's hallucinations include Baron Von Strucker, Centuries and the Yellow Claw as well as Howlers Dino and Eric
  • Goodwin would recycle elements of this plot 20 years later in a Fury/Spiderman team up in Marvel Super Heroes Winter Special
  • Springer illustrates a rare view of the Helicarrier; looking down upon it from above.
  • The cover art (based on the art of Salvador Dali) for this issue became the final contribution by Steranko to Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1).
  • Reprinted in
    • Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 3
    • S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus

New regular penciler Frank Springer teams up with Archie Goodwin and craft another winning mind bender of a tale. Breaking comic convention yet again, Springer's layouts depict the delusions from Fury's POV for a number of pages. Among the hallucinations are cameos from Baron Von Strucker, the Yellow Claw, and oddly enough the Centuries. Also making a reappearance is a bit of tecnobabble about "vortex" beams. Oddly enough Goodwin would recycle this plot nearly verbatim, with Nick Fury saving a drugged Spiderman 20 years later in Marvel Super Heroes Winter Special.