Strange Tales #168 "Today Earth Died!"
Writer/Illustrator: Jim Steranko
Inker: Joe Sinnott
Letterer: Sam Rosen

A seemingly benevolent alien comes down to Earth promising peace for the world; instead Nick Fury learns the alien is a world killer seeking to eliminate all life. Nick Fury witnesses Val and Dum Dum die before he himself is transformed into an extra dimensional creature and witnesses the Earth die. At that very moment, Dugan wakes Fury, and the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. realizes it was all a just dream.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Jimmy Woo and Val
  • Nick Fury offers Jimmy Woo a spot on the S.H.I.E.L.D. team
  • Winner of the comics industry 1968 Alley Award for Best Feature Story
  • Reprinted in 
    • Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Reprint Edition) #1-2,
    • Amazing Adventures #12
    • Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TPB)
    • Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 2
    • S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus
    • S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko: The Complete Collection 

Modest Outer Limits-style tale makes up for a lack of real story with trademark Steranko art, including a stunning rendition of Val and a mixed media page depicting the end of the world. All in all not bad, but still just a filler issue.