STRANGE TALES #135-138 (1965): Nick Fury; 1st Hydra!

I’m fully aware that there was a Sgt. Fury war comic, but I haven’t covered it here because it’s only tangentially relevant to the Marvel Universe.  It’s really here, in Strange Tales #135, that Nick Fury becomes a player in the MU.  And in the very first shot, he’s chewing on a cigar, having a mold made out of him for a life model decoy. 

Nick Fury created the robots to serve as a body double to trick HYDRA during an attack.

And in the same debut issue, we see the famous flying cars that are still a big deal today…

…And, of course, the Helicarrier.

As for the story, it’s really just a bigger budget James Bond kind of thing.  Tony Stark is involved as a weapons maker for SHIELD, there are two-way communication quarters, explosive ties, and we learn that the Marvel version of SPECTRE is Hydra
We also learn that SHIELD stands for Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division.  That changes later.

Also, Hydra has a culture: They don’t call each others’ masks ugly…

The stories all run together, but this is a fine place to stop for now.

FANTASTIC FOUR #41-43 (1965)

With issue #41, Stan and Jack began a series of longer, multiple issue arcs. This one, the first of three-in-a-row, featured The Frightful Four. Frankly, there’d been quite a bit…

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 (1965)

This is the one where JJJ creates a spider-slayer prototype, plasters a video feed of his face on the front, and goes after Spidey.  First appearance of Spencer Smythe. Also……

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26-27 (1965)

Look at the detail and characterization on that splash page.  So great. Probably the most complicated storyline so far.  Green Goblin and Crime Master fight for underworld supremacy, and each…