(1) #54 "Fury Times 5" (1977)
Penciler: Juan Ortiz
Inker: Bruce Patterson
Letterer: Howard Bender
encountering an LMD of Clay Quartermain, Fury is confronted by a nameless
hooded villian and five Nick Fury LMDs. Fury defeats his Life Model
Decoys one, by one, finally reaching the mysterious villian. Pulling
off the hood, he finds another LMD of himself. Fury radios the real
Quartermain to send in a mop up crew and Fury walks off puzzled by
the whole event.
as a back-up
story following the Defenders
by Clay Quartermain (and
the intelligent LMD featured
in this story may be
LMD seen in the Nick
noting is the fact
near perfect Fury
Puzzling curiosity, made interesting by unintentional speculative ties
to future S.H.I.E.L.D. stories, in spite of the story's own inherent mediocrity.
The story is so bland and unexciting you'd almost think the last
page will reveal it all as an ad for Hostess Cakes or something.
No explanations are provided as to how the hooded mystery villain
took control of a small chamber within what we assume is the helicarrier.
Fury having to strip to his underwear is another beefcake moment
for the lady fans although I'm not altogether sure why so many of
the LMDs are running around wearing barely anything (does that not
attract attention?). Story aside, the art is passable but nothing
extraordinary. I wonder if the folks behind the Original Sin storyline read this story.