Man #129 (1979)
Writer: Dave Micheline
Layouts: Sal Buschema
Letterer: John Costenza
On the eve of S.H.I.E.L.D. taking control of Stark International through their buying
up of stock options, Tony Stark hands Nick Fury a list of resignations
from his company and threatens to make public all his patents. Seeing no more
point in playing hardball, Fury backs down from his attempt to take control of
SI and both men decide to go out for a drink.
The night is interupted when Fury recieves notice that there is trouble at Project
13, a secret super-weapon installation. Stark follows Fury as Iron Man and both
encounter the Dreadnought wrecking havoc.
- Villian appearence by the Dreadnought, last seen
in Strange Tales
that S.H.I.E.L.D. was purchasing
shares of his
company's stock in order to gain
control of SI
is in charge
of security for
A key issue for Fury fans as it puts his attempts at obtaining Stark
tech in prior and subsequent issues in prespective. A good chunk
of the story is comprised of a give-and-take between Fury and Stark
over national obligations and loyalties, and frankly, it might not
be how I would have liked to have seen Fury act, but it is well written.
Dave Micheline deftly
handles the complicated friendship these two men share. Fury's assesement
of Stark being disloyal echoes some of the harsher rheotic that gets
flung around political debates from the right wing in recent years
and can be viewed as either overly simplistic or just very candid
Moving on to the action, the reappearence of the Dreadnaught is a
welcome match-up for the armored Avenger and the art team does a
great job with the fight.