AUTOGRAPHED COPY (JIM STARLIN)
Spotlight #31 "Assignment: The Infinity Formula" (1976)
Writer: Jim Starlin
Art: Howard Chaykin
Colorist: Jan Cohen
Letterer: Jim Novak
Near the end of the
war, Nick Fury is injured fatally, brought to recovery only through
an experimental surgery and process by Dr. Sternberg. The result is
Fury survived, but at the cost of having to replenish himself with
the yearly injections of the Infinity Formula.
After decades of
blackmailing Fury for his life, Dr. Sternberg is murdered by hood Steel
Harris thus opening the way for Harris to take up the extortion. Fury
goes on an international quest to seek Harris before his lease on youth
gives out forever. When a mysterious new player steals the formula
from Harris, the hood returns to Las Vegas to brood. Fury breaks in
and the fight Harris is killed and Fury is near death as the stranger
reveals herself...Val. The Countessa had stolen the Formula to save
Nick and administers it to him, thus learning Fury's dark secret.
a return of the
old corner logo from S.H.I.E.L.D.
the Infinity Formula
Infinity Formula would
S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick
Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.( V2) #31-32
first work on Nick Fury. He would go on to be the second most influential
comic book writer/artist
to work on Fury
- Marvel Comics' Grandsons of Origins
- Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 3
- S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus
- Check out the interview with Jim Starlin from the Feburary 2011 Miami Comic Con, speaking about the story behind this issue.
return for Nick Fury to the solo spotlight and for Val as well. Chaykin's
artwork is stylish and brings a noir-like air to it. The plot by Jim
Starlin is solid and exciting and offers a great explanation for Fury's
lack of aging (but what about Dum Dum and Gabe?). The story rehashes
some of the old familiar elements (the hovercar, Fury nearly bites the
dust but is saved by a twist of fate) and introduces some new ones which
would endure with the character. The theme of aging, a subject hardly
ever touched upon in comics aside from Green Arrow, is started here and
would be followed up in Chaykin's next Fury outing; The Scorpio Connection.
Although Val is hardly seen, her actions are felt and her character gets
a tremendous boost here, once again showcasing that she is one of the
greats of the Marvel women.