Tales #150-153 "Menace of the Overkill Horn!"
Layouts: Jack Kirby
Penciler: John Buscema (150), Steranko (151-153)
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Sam Rosen (150), Artie Simeck (151-153)
Despite suffering injuries from testing the latest super weapon,
The Overkill Horn, Fury investigates the millionaire known as Don Caballero.
At Caballero's reclusive Sahara resort, Fury discovers that HYDRA still thrives,
now under the leadership of a mystery man assuming the guise of the Don.
A captured Fury learns that HYDRA has its own scale version of the sonic
weapon and intends to use it on a segment of the Earth's atomic stockpile.
Fury escapes in a HYDRA jet with the Overkill Horn and crashes the plane
into the ocean. Rescued by a S.H.I.E.L.D. submarine, he returns to the Sahara base
in time to rescue a captured Laura Brown, but misses the Supreme Hydra.
appearance; #151, 153
- This story marks Steranko's
first work on the character of Nick Fury
- Appearances by Dum Dum,
Gabe Jones, Jasper Sitwell, and Laura Brown
- S.H.I.E.L.D. has a marine division
with at least seven submarines
- The new Supreme Hydra
uses 2 identities; Don Caballero and Emir Ali-Bey.
- The former
Supreme Hydra is now referred to as the Imperial Hydra by his daughter.
- Nick Fury and His Agents of SHIELD #3-4
Fury: Agent of SHIELD (TPB)
Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 1
- S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus
- S.H.I.E.L.D. by Lee & Kirby: The Complete Collection
gung-ho tale with more now-standard S.H.I.E.L.D. story trademarks however with
a new direction for HYDRA. Having resolved the original HYDRA story, Stan
Lee introduces a new ongoing mystery which would prove to be one of the
best plot-twists in the annals of S.H.I.E.L.D. stories. Joining the list of exaggerated
super weapons with silly names, the Overkill Horn stands as one of the
better ones, although it looks different every time its presented.
Dum shines nicely in showing his unwavering loyalty; while pragmatic
Gabe proves yet again he is one of the most underrated supporting
characters in the title (how come Nick never gave GABE the chance
to be director?!) Jasper rises a few notches over resident nerd
as temporary director in Fury's absence. The art, a synthesis of
Kirby and Steranko/Buscema, is solid although not outstanding.