Tales #135 "The Man For The Job"
Inker: Dick Ayers
Letterer: Artie Semek
C.I.A. agent Nick Fury is fitted for a Life Model Decoy (L.M.D.) and
then escorted by an agent of a mysterious secret agency as assassins come
by a jet aircraft in an amazingly souped-up car, Fury first learns of HYDRA
and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Brought to the helicarrier, Fury's interview, led by Tony Stark,
is interrupted as he foils a plan to blow a bomb inside the carrier. All
agree that Fury is the man for the job. Meanwhile the Imperial HYDRA reveals
its first female member, Agent H, Laura Brown.
Fury's first appearance with his now trademark eye patch
appearance of Laura Brown, here known as Agent H.
Fury Annual #2
Comics: Sons of Origins
Comics Fantastic Firsts
- Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 1
- Marvel Firsts: The 1960s
- S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus
- S.H.I.E.L.D. by Lee & Kirby: The Complete Collection
- Readapted in Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD #4 and
summarized in The Marvel Saga #18
Despite being remade and redrawn and retouched countless times, the original
is still the best. Although Roy Thomas improved on the dialogue in the
later NF:AOS #4, the art by King Kirby is incomparable, especially the
downright eeriness of the HYDRA hordes gathering around for the blood sport.
Some classic styling and moves are laid down, especially the multiple hands
behind Laura Brown and Fury throwing the chair out the porthole which is
about as 3D as 60's comic can get. The helicarrier is simply phenomenal
and the imagination of it leaps off the page. Maybe I'm biased, but I can't
think of a faster paced and more exciting debut story for a Marvel hero.