of Suspense #78 "THEM!"
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Artie Simeck
Nick Fury pays an overdue
visit to Captain America at Avengers Mansion where they quickly discuss
the new threat known as THEM. Soon a humanoid creature makes its way
to the mansion and attacks both heroes. With the mysterious AIM watching
them from their headquarters, the creature battles Cap and Fury until
it finally succumbs to a S.H.I.E.L.D. knockout pill. The creature dissolves
and Fury and Cap ponder the meaning of the attack. Both reaffirm their
friendship and Fury offers Cap a spot in S.H.I.E.L.D. but the Avenger declines.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. ramrod takes his leave and gives a Cap a communicator pin
to reach him whenever he needs to.
- Cover appearance
and S.H.I.E.L.D. follow up on the
origin of the android
assassin in Strange Tales
appearance of THEM
Captain America #1
Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Fury and Captain America, the team-up everyone had been waiting for at
last arrived with this issue; another chapter in the convoluted saga
of THEM which would eventually spawn AIM, the return of the Red Skull
and lots of other villains that today have nothing to with each other.
I'm still confused to this day with all the double-crosses and who
was really in charge but this issue is simply a standard Marvel fight
issue, with two of the greatest on the planet joining forces. Stan Lee
plots another fun fight but its King Kirby who really comes through with
his kinetic art. Its funny to see Nick Fury pulling rank on Cap, something
that today would come across very differently. Its not life-changing
but its a great issue.