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1096: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #15 (v1)

" The Assassination Of Nick Fury "
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Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #15 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Gary Friedrich
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Colourists: Sam Grainger
Letterers: Jean Izzo (Jean Simek)
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1969
Release Date: August 1969
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Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 280                 Times Rated: 183
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Nick Fury is the target of an assassination by a hitman known as Bullseye. Hoping to collect on Hyrda's million dollar bounty, the mercenary tracks Fury to a concert in Central Park and gets ready to fire. Will he hit his intended target?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Iron Man #18 (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Avengers #72 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Dum Dum Dugan
Dum Dum Dugan last appeared in Avengers #67 (v1). Dum Dum Dugan next appears in Avengers #72 (v1).
  Laura Brown
Laura Brown last appeared in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #13 (v1). Laura Brown next appears in Spider-Woman #13 (v1).
  Bull's Eye
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Bull's Eye in the mainstream continuity.
  Number 72
Number 72 last appeared in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #14 (v1).
  Number 94
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Number 94 in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
HYDRA last appeared in Iron Man #18 (v1). HYDRA next appears in Incredible Hulk #132 (v1).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Avengers #69 (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Avengers #72 (v1).
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Life Model Decoys
Life Model Decoys last appeared in Iron Man #18 (v1). Life Model Decoys next appears in Avengers #72 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 25, 2014
Another issue that portrays SHIELD as an organisation that does nothing. Fury suspects (incorrectly) that HYDRA are behind some assassinations. They’re not. In any case, the FBI are investigating it while SHIELD typically appears to do nothing. Waiting around for someone to attack them, I guess. For example, Fury takes the day off to go on a date. !!! And he bitches the whole time. Luckily, HYDRA are useless, too. They pick an assassin who chooses the worst possible location for a hit. There’s also some nonsense about a double-cross. Which never happens. A mess. 2/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2011-11-08 17:45:58  
  Kinda glad the Nick Fury series ended here. It started off pretty strong but by this point it was really flagging.  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2012-12-30 14:03:00  
  I was thinking the same thing Kez!  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-05-12 22:17:30  
  @jfpj1991: I think that's pretty much the only thing I've liked about this series after the initial run.

I'm so relieved to be done with this title. Got pretty brutal the last several issues.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-22 11:51:31  
  Sorry it had to end for a while. They were trying to recapture the Steranko touch and it never quite clicked. Just thankful that we had the Steranko run that re-defined comic art.
Nick Fury will be back.

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-10-22 14:25:44  
  The entire time I'm reading this, I'm thinking about how stupid it is to have a target on your chest by choice, and sure enough he gets hit with a bull's eye.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-03 13:03:35  
  So.. Does Fury die? They can't end it like this!  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-19 10:02:45  
  Wait, so it's over? You mean no more of this title for a while? THANK GOD. It's amazing how I was able to tear through those Avengers issues like nothing, but this issue took forever to finish because of how boring it was. I'm glad I won't have to read about Fury bitching about going to rock concerts for the foreseeable future.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-02-12 14:22:18  
  well, the front end of this book is a perfect recipe to kill a title. Our main characters faces have changed so much with using so many artists over such a short run that the readers are sure to lose interest. There is an uncomfortable amount of text to wade through. The story is not a bad one, just poorly executed. Trimpe does show some nice art here and there. A big disappointment since the last Steranko a year before. (2-)  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2015-07-26 09:22:37  
  I'm actually happier that this series ended than the solo Human Torch series.

I wish Fury did die at the end of this.

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-10-24 20:27:00  
  I see the assassin has nothing to do with the Daredevil villain. Am I the only one who thought this was just a bad early appearance of Bullseye?  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-10-25 10:45:53  
  Just 1 star. Hear that kids? That's the sound of a once great comic finally being put out of its misery after a long painful stretch of suffering!!!

Old Fogey - For a guy who is not into the hippie movement; why then is he wearing a psychedelic tie!? (p3,p3-4)

Insert - Hey, a hidden lair diagram! Haven't seen one of those in awhile!

My Generation - Nice appearance by Country Joe and the Fish!!!

Bull's Eye - I actually liked his rifle. There has been a lot like it used in movies and TV shows thru the years!

'Nuff Said - "And I promise you I'll do all I can to make it a day to remember for you, too!"-Laura Brown, for anyone wondering why Fury dumped Val for Laura...

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2016-07-26 13:24:33  
  What a horrible date Fury must be with all his old fogey crankiness. Who thought it would be a good idea to have the hero of the mag with the most contemporary art style be stuck in the good old days?  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-10-25 00:16:45  
  Nick Fury calling himself Laura's lover boy was just kind of creepy. Date someone your own age!  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-18 21:21:05  
  Recommended listening for this issue: "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" by our story's musical guests. And judging by the song's title, it's probably from the point of view by Nick himself, this book, or our readers who had to suffer through fifteen issues of this.

And no, this isn't the same Bullseye that'll make life a worse kind of hell for Daredevil than Daredevil makes for his friends. He may be crazy, but he's too business-like, not the level of insane the more familiar Bullseye is.

So the run ends on a cliffhanger? I don't think it was planned that way, but it wasn't too long before this plot thread was picked up in Avengers #72. It smacks of Nick actually being an LMD though, especially if this cancellation was sudden and they needed a quick explanation and resolution to this, that wouldn't be played out in this title.

Note: for those not actually keeping score, this isn't the final issue of SHIELD in this run. There would be three more issues; in the reprint format like the X-Men title around this time. The three issues would reprint SHIELD stories in Strange Tales #135-144. Being a double-sized 25-cent mag, it probably didn't sell either.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-18 21:35:15  
  1 star, mainly for not finishing what it started. Now for the post-mortem.....

The mag started off pretty good. Steranko's stories weren't great, but the art was ground-breaking. We're all familiar with his run on SHIELD going back to Strange Tales so there's no need to rehash how great the art was. It was the sequence in SHIELD #2 page 5....the infamous "love scene" between Nick and Val.....that made the disgruntled Steranko leave the book, and it never recovered. The art wasn't the same, and the stories were horrible. Using (and killing) the Hate-Monger three issues in a row tells me they were really foundering for ideas.

So, SHIELD becomes the first casualty among the books that were beneficiaries of the 1968 publishing deal. It's more like, the book was put out of OUR misery.

Final grade: D-. Steranko's work was the only thing that saved this from an F, and even then I came this close to giving it that. And we all had such high hopes....

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-06-14 09:51:11  
  Did they imply sex on page 4? Is a rose all it takes?

Even with NYC traffic, it would be impossible for Bullseye to track Fury on foot. Unless Bullseye has some teleportation or agility powers to which we are not privy.

I need to say: if Fury's death would destroy SHIELD, then SHIELD is not very well organized. There should be enough redundancy within an organization that it can keep functioning even if its leaders are removed or replaced.

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Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Volume 3
This collection includes Avengers #72 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #7 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #8 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #10 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #12 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #13 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #14 (v1), Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #15 (v1)
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   April 15, 2018 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   October 2, 2017 fragsel Added Number 94 to the issue.
   October 2, 2017 fragsel Added Number 72 to the issue.
   October 2, 2017 fragsel Added Life Model Decoys listing.
   April 12, 2016 MattzLadd Added Gary Friedrich creator listing.
   July 29, 2015 fragsel Added Bull's Eye to the issue.
   May 3, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
   January 11, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
   September 6, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Dum Dum Dugan.
   September 6, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
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