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Marvel Masterworks Vol. 83 Nick Fury, Agent of S.h.i.e.l.d. Ltd. Ed. Marble Variant Hardcover – Oct 24 2007


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (Oct. 24 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0785126872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785126874
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Cold War madness meets Silver Age lunacy Aug. 20 2009
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
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In the 60s with James Bond, the Man from U.N.C.L.E. and other superspies at the height of their popularity Marvel comics had the inspiration of retooling their tough-as-nails World War II character Sergent Fury into the greatest superspy of them all: Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This book covers Nick's earliest adventures and his first encounters with sinister organizations like Hydra, AIM, the Druid and the Secret Empire. The creative minds of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee are on fine display as Fury visits flying aircraft carriers, drives around a flying Porsche, and battles all sorts of insane schemes to rule to world. All the while he does it while speaking in an outrageous Noo Yawk accent and griping about how things were a lot simpler back in the war.

Somehow the crazy mix works. Fury serves as our hero and as our point of view character, always commenting on how crazy the situations are and somehow always getting the job done.

So why only 3 stars? For one thing the art in this book is rather lackluster, Kirby provided layouts but the art was finished by a host of mediocre draftsmen. For another it ends just as the series was getting good, when Jim Sterenko's innovative layouts and designs would really make it a classic. Lastly, there is a much cheaper and better reprint out there in the form of 'Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD' which covers most of Sternko's run and many of the classic moments people still remember today.

So unless you are devoted fan of the character and want to see where it all began, the Marvel Masterworks edition is really not for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
early shield adventures. Dec 29 2011
By Michael Dobey - Published on Amazon.com
This volume isn't as stong as what would come later; But it's got alot of good stories in which Shield lead by NIck Fury go after the forces of darkness like hydra and aim. Both of which are like forms of spectre. I disagree that the art is lackluster , it's just not as spectacular as what would come later. Except of course for the kirby and steranko work in this one. I do think John Severins work is as good as anybody out there. his style is fluid and awesome, john buscema as well is a great artist. So that makes four greats imo, howard purcell who really can draft a fine artpage is in here too. You can really see his best work in the 'doctor fate' archives book from d.c. Here he is still doing a good job. The other artists are decent though and even ogden whitney who did alot of funny books is in here. THe stories are typical spy stories and they have lots of action. And one of shields agents is a african american, that's a step up for comics. These were 12 page stories that usually told one epic over several issues. Stan lee scripts of course and jack kirby does most of the layouts. Basic art and then the others work over him. This is a cheap way to get all these tales.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
THE RETURN OF NICK FURY June 20 2011
By Blue Coronet - Published on Amazon.com
I disagree with the previous reviewer who says this volume "really isn't for you". I enjoyed Sgt. Fury's exploits and was quite glad when Marvel brought the character back as Colonel Nick Fury - now with S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes, the artwork is mostly not by Steranko, but so what? Most of the Marvel titles -- including Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos -- were not drawn by Steranko, and I love his work. Here we get to see the first stories of Colonel Fury and the first glimpses of Hydra and A.I.M. in Marvel's Strange Tales series. Plus the pairing of Nick Fury and Captain America! Both this and the following Nick Fury Volume are well worth it.
Don't Yield, Back S.H.I.E.L.D. Dec 20 2013
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Growing up and watching Marvel cartoons, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury we're given a mixed portrayal. While generally, the villains hated them, they also ended up fighting heroes like Spider-man and even the Hulk. This portrayal has gotten more nuanced with the militaristic S.H.I.E.L.D. being viewed with distrust in the wider Marvel Continuity.

However, it wasn't always so. In the 1960s, with James Bond and the Man from U.N.C.L.E. a phenomena, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby launched Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a regular half-issue feature in Strange Tales. This book collects the 12-page stories from Issues 135-153 of Strange Tales plus a crossover with Captain America in Tales of Suspense #78 and Fury's first post-World War II story which appeared in Fantastic Four #21 and had Fury as a CIA Agent.

The stories are great, the villains are superb classic 1960s bad guys on an epic scale. The supporting cast is strong as well with Fury supported by fellow World War II Commandos Dum Dum and Gabriel Jones, as well as conscientious rookie Jasper Sitwell, who also brings a bit of comic relief.

However, the star is the big feature and it's Nick Fury. The silver age incarnation of this tough as nails World War II commando turned super spy could only have been effectively played by John Wayne. Fury is wise-cracking, ornery, and courageous with a firm and steady admiration between him and his men. Fury is the type of hero they just don't make any more. Truly, a great character in all of his quirks such as his cigars and his tendency to appear shirtless (some times without any explanation.) This was a blast and I can't wait to read Volume 2.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Perfect condition... Feb. 9 2013
By Ronald L Black - Published on Amazon.com
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Received it when estimated and was not disappointed. It was great to read the early SHIELD stories in color and in their uncut fullness. Several of the stories I had read earlier in reprints, but this collection contains the original pages and panels in place and I was surprised with some new scenes I had never come across before. Excellent!

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