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495: Strange Tales #149 (v1) [A Story]

" The End of A.I.M. "
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Strange Tales #149a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Dennis O'Neil
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Letterers: Sam Rosen, Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: October 1966
Release Date: July 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 522                 Times Rated: 298
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Strange Tales #147 (v1) [A Story]
Strange Tales #148 (v1) [A Story]
Strange Tales #149a (v1)
Tales to Astonish #84a (v1)
Tales to Astonish #84b (v1)
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As AIM unleashes the ultimate phase of their plan to destroy SHIELD Fury is reunited with an old friend and makes a surprising discovery.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Strange Tales #148a (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Avengers #32 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Gabriel Jones
Gabriel Jones last appeared in Tales to Astonish #83b (v1). Gabriel Jones next appears in Strange Tales #151a (v1).
  Dum Dum Dugan
Dum Dum Dugan last appeared in Strange Tales #148a (v1). Dum Dum Dugan next appears in Avengers #38 (v1).
  Jasper Sitwell
Jasper Sitwell last appeared in Strange Tales #148a (v1). Jasper Sitwell next appears in Avengers #38 (v1).
  Count Bornag Royale
Count Bornag Royale last appeared in Strange Tales #148a (v1). Count Bornag Royale next appears in Tales of Suspense #82b (v1).
Group Appearances
A.I.M. last appeared in Strange Tales #148a (v1). A.I.M. next appears in Strange Tales #162a (v1).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Strange Tales #148a (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Avengers #32 (v1).
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  I love Sitwell's "Respiratory-Powered Projectile Hurler" complete with PTUI! sound-effect. A simple blow gun will not suffice in the Marvel Age of Comics!  

  fragsel Says:    
  2012-02-05 03:06:24  
  Conclusion on the Secret Empire's Number Nine subplot totally blew my mind. What looked like lame plot in Hulk story turned out to be work of a genious.
If not for Doctor Strange i would give my 3rd 5-star.

  Shark Says:    
  2012-03-30 14:37:15  
  The correlation between the AIM/Secret Empire/Them arcs just blew me. It comes a bit out of nowhere, but it's the most spread and complex storyline so far, and I appreciate that (though this is nothing against modern craziness... right, Civil War?)  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-11 16:12:29  
  The doctor Strange was much better than I expected. The past few doctor Strange's have been very boring or dull, and the candle ending I liked a lot.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-07 15:06:27  
  The intertwining of the various groups is a conspiracy theorist's dream. Kudos to Stan for this one. Well-played.  

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-10-30 17:35:20  
  Dr. Strange's villains are all the same. Just because he's magic doesn't mean he has to fight only magicians. Put him against Dr. Doom or something thiss**tis stale.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-06 18:34:05  
  well, with Dormammuu gone we go back to Strange fighting his a-typical bad guys again........  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-22 10:52:32  
  The 60s prove to be a great era for shirtless-guy beefcake once again, possibly because the comics code bar was lower for hunky guy muscles than for sexy pinup-shots of female characters? This time on Marvel 60s Hunk Calendar: Nick parades around in short-shorts while pretending to be RoboNick.
Nick figures out Stan's society-consolidating plot even further as he realizes that EVERYTHING'S COMIN' UP HYDRA.
Sitwell makes a joke that probably had thousands of American schoolboys telling their teachers that spitwad guns were actually Respiratory-Powered Projectile Hurlers. At least ten of them got detention but at least one teacher laughed enough to grant a reprieve.
It turns out that the killer of most of the Secret Empire, despite having what looked like light-colored skin around his eyes in Tales to Astonish #83, was actually Gabe Jones -- who earns a bad-mofo award for managing to take down the organization before they accomplished ANYTHING at all. Their plot with Boomerang to steal a missile: failed. Using amnesiac Sub-Mariner to cause havoc: failed. Killing each other off: success!
Kaluu seems like he might get taken down by ordinary street cops, which would have been a hilarious twist on top of some excellent inter-dimensional Dr. Strange linework, but it's just a tease: he only need a fraction of his power to paralyze cops.
The Amulet of Agamotto is really cute when it gets sleepy.

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-09 15:46:41  
  I'm surprised that I'm really starting to like Sitwell. Him and Fury seem to play well off each other, and I'm all for a complex interconnected story.

My concerns about Doctor Strange's post-Ditko future were unfounded. I REALLY liked how this story ended with the candles. Nicely done.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-08-10 23:57:09  
  In the SHIELD story, I like how all the organizations are all tied into one...neat conspiracy. The reveal about what Gabe's been doing could have been done better. I hope they explain how he infiltrated that organization and I'm wondering if Royale will turn back up.
I guess Doctor Strange has Wong out selling jewels to pay the drugstore bill during all this. Odd way to end this... I think Strange Tales 150a should be next in the order so we could see the end of the Kaluu battle.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-23 13:04:39  
  Agree with marvelcomicslover... 150b should be next in the order.

Great shield story, love the return of Hydra but unwise they put more effort in how Gabe infiltrated the organization.

Strange is getting better again. 3 stars

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-28 15:27:52  
  Whoa, Agent of SHIELD just got really interesting.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-10-01 18:59:31  
  2 stars for the Call of Kaluu!!!

Cut A Rug - Why does the Ancient One keep getting stuck in his rug??

Demons Of Danak - They don't look so tough...just annoying!

'Nuff Said - "Hey, you! What are you doing loitering here?"-No Nonsense Copper

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-10-01 20:43:24  
  2 stars for Fury connecting the dots!!!

Twins - Funny scene of Fury running into the Jasper Sitwell of AIM!

Loose Ends - Like a couple of others have said; I have always thought making Number Nine revealed to be Gabe was done last minute. I felt it was another big buildup with a quick ending with no true resolution. It has been repeated a lot lately in the last 50 or so issues in the order...

Exhibit A - I liked Dum-Dum making fun of HYDRA's skateboards!

'Nuff Said - "Do you smell something--funny?"-AIM Agent

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-06-25 21:20:32  
  I really enjoyed the SHIELD story. Looks to me like Denny O'Neil has some interesting plans for a story! I would probably agree that Gabe Jones was last minute... Stan probably told him where the build-up with the back-stabbing Number Nine was going and he thought, "nah, I've got a better idea!"

Regardless, I thought he did a great job of jumping in and scripting the story. His take on each character was great, and each one had a moment to shine. Good artwork too!

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-17 17:02:42  
  I liked both stories. The twist in Shield was great, and I enjoyed Dr Strange too. 4 stars.  

  indypaul Says:    
  2016-06-28 11:42:52  
  As many have stated, I enjoyed Stan's attempt to create a complex and interwoven espionage story line, even if it was a bit confusing.

Overall this was a fun arc; I would give it more stars, but the dialogue as always keeps it from greatness.

Side note - I hope one of the mystery site badges is for reading all the Soupy Sales references. Give it a rest already, Stan! Sheesh!

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-01-25 03:31:23  
  Wow, last Issue I already wrote "well played, Marvel Bullpen"...but this time they did it even better with connecting all the "secret association"-plots from different magazines! Also the reveal that Nr.9 is not just the typical Villain inside a villainous party who wants to rise to power was just mind-boggling. GG Bullpen!

Side Note: Gabe was the first deep undercover agent of SHIELD am I right ?

  fragsel @ fragsel (original post):    
  2017-01-25 06:35:59  
  Hey. I just noticed that now that Doctor Strange is gone I can actually give that *****  

  chademe Says:    
  2017-04-18 03:32:20  
  Love how the different enemies were tied together, and was genuinely surprised by the big reveal of number 9, although I had to go back to Tales of Suspense 83 to see if I'd missed something. I agree with some others it could have been revealed better.  

  Calion Says:    
  2017-05-15 18:09:35  
  1. I realize that Nick’s all about being in the action, but this crosses the line between brace and stupid. Why not just program an L.M.D, to self-destruct or something? Sending Nick himself was stupid.
  2. P. 6: So A.I.M. is a branch of Them? I guess that explains things. That, or Stan & Co. are just making things up as they go along.
  3. I always thought that that heat-activated explosive shirt was a terrible idea.
  4. And he kept wearing it after its secret was compromised? Now that’s just stupid.

So Them isn’t A.I.M. after all—it’s Hydra! Because we decided it was, just this issue! Well, even though that was extremely contrived, it was still kind of fun. ★★★


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Date User Name Update
   December 28, 2016 TStarnes Added Mike Esposito creator listing.
   December 28, 2016 TStarnes
   December 28, 2016 TStarnes Added Dennis O'Neil creator listing.
   December 28, 2016 TStarnes
   May 12, 2016 fragsel Moved this issue.
   July 16, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Kaluu.
   July 16, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Ancient One.
   July 16, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Doctor Strange.
   July 16, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   September 28, 2014 fragsel Added Count Bornag Royale to the issue.
   August 23, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Jasper Sitwell.
   August 23, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Dum Dum Dugan.
   August 23, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Gabriel Jones.
   August 23, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
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