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381: Strange Tales #141 (v1) [A Story]

" Operation: Brain Blast! "
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Strange Tales #141a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1966
Release Date: November 1965
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Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 658                 Times Rated: 381
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Fury learns of a new menace set to take down SHIELD.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Strange Tales #140a (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Strange Tales #142a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Dum Dum Dugan
Dum Dum Dugan last appeared in Strange Tales #140a (v1). Dum Dum Dugan next appears in Strange Tales #143a (v1).
  Gabriel Jones
Gabriel Jones last appeared in Strange Tales #140a (v1). Gabriel Jones next appears in Strange Tales #143a (v1).
  Agent G
Agent G last appeared in Strange Tales #140a (v1). Agent G next appears in Strange Tales #152a (v1).
  The Fixer
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Fixer in the mainstream continuity. The Fixer next appears in Strange Tales #142a (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mentallo in the mainstream continuity. Mentallo next appears in Strange Tales #142a (v1).
  Imperial Hydra
Imperial Hydra last appeared in Strange Tales #140a (v1). Imperial Hydra next appears in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 (v1).
Group Appearances
Hydra last appeared in Strange Tales #140a (v1). Hydra next appears in Avengers #19 (v1).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Strange Tales #140a (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Tales of Suspense #75b (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Psycho-Helmet next appears in Strange Tales #142a (v1).
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  Xythe Says:    
  2011-12-06 07:04:22  
  And the stubble re-appears. Man that's some fast growth.  

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-05-25 00:08:19  
  Dr. Strange on the run, hunted by enemies at every turn, against forces more powerful than himself. This is what I was hoping for when I began reading this series. I really enjoyed the ongoing storyline arc over so many issues, culminating in this epic battle. Booyah!  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-03 07:47:33  
  The operation brain blast was very confusing. I didn't know really what was happening at first.  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-12-02 19:57:56  
  I think we've had enough villains already whose "super-powers" were the fact that they were geniuses. I can't even keep them apart in my head anymore.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-05 15:02:10  
  Looks like the standard Marvel issue supervillain coming up. I wish they'd keep Shield out of the superpowers game.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-04-26 01:30:36  
  This issue gets an extra star for Nick Fury walking around without a shirt trying to bang Imperial Hydra's daughter for 2/3rds of the issue...  

  TaoTaomona Says:    
  2014-05-23 08:41:59  
  I am confused. Doesn't the Professor possess the same telepathic abilities.  

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-07-01 23:48:16  
  Terrible story telling to end the Hydra arc. Also, terrible writing in this issue as well. Very disappointed.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-03 20:22:32  
  SHIELD has gotten boring...ugh.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-08-09 12:42:40  
  3 stars for the 1st app of Mentallo and the Fixer!!! I always liked these guys through the years! I just wished they would of used Mentallo like the Fixer who went off like lighting!!!

Overkill - A powerdrive hammerhead sledgehammer...

Just Desserts - I like how Imperial Hydra got his!!!

Warning Shot - I luv how that one SHIELD agent warns them to halt, and then immediately shoots them!!!

Party Hat - Those scramble helmets need to be bigger!!!

'Nuff Said - "Hail Hyd...uhhhhh..."-Imperial Hydra


  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-11 20:09:08  
  Great ending to the Hydra arc. 3 stars because the while brain bashing thing got a bit confusing. I see great things to come with Fury. I wish I got more into Fury and Shield back in the 90s.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-10 16:35:52  
  Hmm, it seems Arnold Brown either dyed his ginger hair and moustache to grey since last ish, or an unseen time travel conundrum has occurred in which Arnold Brown has aged 30 or so years.

Along with Fury's fluctuating stubble, it makes for a - Good job Marvel!

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-23 07:23:44  
  That SHIELD agent firing the warning shots was later brought up on charges for firing blindly into a crowded street, wounding 3 individuals and causing a watermain break that shut down businesses in the street for a whole day. The economic impact was catastrophic.

Also like how Fury, the head of SHIELD, feels obligated to play coy with his underlings re: letting Agent H escape. Meanwhile, he never has anything but caustic remarks for anyone at any other time. Guy's a psycho, really. But a decent wrap up to this arc, so 3 stars.

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-23 08:00:53  
  TaoTaomona, Professor X's abilities are hidden from the world. He makes a real point of making sure people don't know he is a mutant. Kinda hypocritical vis a vis his mutant-pride philosophy, but understandable given the times. So I can buy that this may be SHIELD agents 1st encounter with such a power.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-10-28 17:29:01  
  After the most recent run of contiguous issues this story seems random and out of place  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-02-18 19:17:14  
  Marvel has really made Fury out to be a man's man! Look at the guy, running around brazenly shirtless, stubbled, and hairy-chested, calling chicks "chicks" and putting his men in place, emasculating all in his path! The guy exudes testosterone on all levels! He had a shirt on at the end of the previous story, but he either got hot or he's putting on a strut for the blonde.

I liked the decoy ship that was part of Hydra's escape route!

  Psychopat Says:    
  2015-07-07 14:08:13  
  I love how close to the modern SHIELD this is: finding people with abilities and taking them down while creating/harvesting the highest technologies ever  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-13 19:06:08  
  Nice job of wrapping up the story and set up the next arc. I'm enjoying it.  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-06-16 23:54:42  
  @CosmicCostello beat me to a response to @TaoTaomona's post, and @GroovyGolem, that's how Fury has always been if you go back and read his WWII mags. I like it in those mags, it seems appropriate, but I'm not enjoying it here. I also was wondering at what point he lost his shirt, and his behaviour around Agent G for Girl was just horrendous.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-08-30 16:43:07  
  Interesting end to the story arc, with the two HYDRA goons not knowing the Secretary and Imperial Hydra were one and the same. Ironic yet poetic.

The next appearance of Agent Girl should be a good one.

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-11-26 13:58:46  
  • That's my line "Keep those hands behind your heads, or you've just hailed your last 'Hail Hydra'!" (SHIELD agent)

  • OMG, what the hell happened to Dum-Dum's glorious whiskers?

  • How ironic that these two dumb Hydra guards won't listen to Brown, and that he cannot find a way to convince them that he's Imperial Hydra. Worse, how stupid of him never showing his identity to his personal guards in the first place!

  • Why on Earth wasn't Fury even aware of a project such as Operation Brain-Blast, the biggest thing SHIED has ever tried? Ain't he the big boss? Enquiring minds want to know!

  • Another unfortunate change in the artists. It's good to have Kirby at pencils, but Frank Ray's crude inking ruins it.

  • A mind-reader and another corny genius joining forces? That is one story I'm not particularly looking forward to! I mean...the most dangerous guy in the World? Really?!! Oh, Fury, don't be such a drama queen!

  • I found this filler story rather boring. 2 points for the world's worst daddy biting the dust.

  chademe Says:    
  2017-02-21 19:10:42  
  I thought the end of Imperial Hydra was great.  

  Calion Says:    
  2017-04-12 09:38:15  
  He didn't get to push the button. Oh well. I think I'm done with S.H.I.E.L.D. for a while.  

  Allencthulhu @ kungfufan (original post):    
  2017-06-17 17:50:32  
  Fury used his shirt to blow his way out of the cell as was shown.  

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Date User Name Update
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Psycho-Helmet listing.
   April 17, 2017 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   February 1, 2015 TStarnes Moved this issue.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Imperial Hydra.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Gabriel Jones.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Dum Dum Dugan.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
   September 10, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Fixer.
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