The Deltite Affair and Aftermath

After more then a decade of cameos in various titles, Nick Fury finally returned to the limelight with the bookshelf series, Nick Fury Vs S.H.I.E.L.D. and the graphic novel Scorpio Connection, two classic stories that redefined Fury for the 1980's. Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. were reshaped and the character although not aging outwardly, was beginning to feel the test of time upon his soul.

The second run of the S.H.I.E.L.D. comic picked up a year after the events of the miniseries and injected a fresh dose of life and energy into a premise celebrating its 25th anniversary. The title brought together newer faces (Pierce, Mac) with what remained of the established S.H.I.E.L.D. supporting cast (Gabe, Val, Dum Dum). The interplay between them was solid at first, especially with the new romantic pairings of Fury with Kate and Mac with Val, however the newer supporting cast began to disappear after the departure of scribe D.G. Chichester who had done an excellent job of picking up after original writer Bob Harras.

The title reached its zenith with the powerhouse team behind issues 20-26, penciler Jackson Guice and the aforementioned Chichester. The riveting story arc of Von Strucker's return was later watered down and balanced with more stand alone, super-hero oriented plots.

The title formed a tight continuity with a small family of titles, etching it's own little mini-universe in the greater Marvel world. During this time, one could see characters from the S.H.I.E.L.D. title showing up in the pages of Deathlok, Silver Sable, and later Daredevil. .

The S.H.I.E.L.D. title came to a finish with issue 47. The drama of the miniseries dragged on throughout the title series and when seen altogether, the Deltite Affair occupied six years of continuity for Nick Fury to trudge through. .

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