Tales #144 - 145 "Day of the Druid"
Layouts: Jack Kirby
Penciler: Don Heck
Inker: Mike Demeo
Letterer: Sam Rosen
The mysterious Druid
leads a techno cult against S.H.I.E.L.D., launching giant deadly eggs at
the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Life Model Decoys of Nick Fury are unleashed
to distract the 'Eggs of Satan' while Fury and his team discover an
apparently misfired 'egg'. The egg is bait and the Druid appears and
challenges Fury to a one-on-one fight. S.H.I.E.L.D. and the forces of the
Druid duke it out.
appearance on issues #144
by Dum Dum
- First appearence by Jasper Sitwell in #144
mention of THEM and villain appearance by the Fixer
with this storyline, Fury would alternate covers with Doctor Strange,
appearing on every other cover.
jokes about sending Sitwell to UNCLE, a reference to The
Man From Uncle tv series
story is reprinted in:
- Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD
(1) #18 (incomplete)
Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 1
- S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus
- S.H.I.E.L.D. by Lee & Kirby: The Complete Collection
The low point of the Strange Tales run; silly, unimaginative
and played mostly for laughs. Eggs of Satan sounds like something more
in line with Dr. Strange then Fury,
and as far as villains go, The Druid is one best left forgotten. The
only highlight of the storyline is for the premiere of long serving
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell. His enthusiasm and penchant for getting
under Nick Fury's skin is on display from moment one, as are hints
of Jasper's future (already Fury is thinking of having him as his boss).
Sitwell and Dugan make for great sparring partners right away and there
is considerable control room banter instead of actual plot. Almost as if
confirming its insignificant status, when the Druid taunts Fury with
S.H.I.E.L.D. not having found his underground headquarters, Fury could care less.
Frankly so do I.