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488: Tales of Suspense #78 (v1) [B Story]

" THEM! "
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Tales of Suspense #78b (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: Artie Simek
Cover Date: June 1966
Release Date: April 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 10
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 650                 Times Rated: 356
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Tales to Astonish #83 (v1) [A Story]
Tales to Astonish #83 (v1) [B Story]
Tales of Suspense #78b (v1)
Tales of Suspense #79b (v1)
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Together the Captain America and Fury must face an enemy bred for battle with chemicals that enhance his strengths.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #29 (v1). Captain America next appears in Tales of Suspense #79b (v1).
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Strange Tales #145a (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Strange Tales #146a (v1).
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Them in the mainstream continuity. Them next appears in Tales of Suspense #79b (v1).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Strange Tales #145a (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Strange Tales #146a (v1).
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Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #29 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Tales of Suspense #79b (v1).
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  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-10-28 23:26:00  
  Finally a good Cap. I would say, after all that Sleeper jazz this is the least we could expect!! Ok, actually it was really good, has the right tune on the old pals side with an homage to veterans, what a smooth way to to show national pride.  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-04-18 22:25:39  
  As usual the science makes me want to cry, but the story was fun.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-06-04 14:54:44  
  The bad guys are basically just a rehash of the Leader and his androids.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-06 15:07:43  
  Cap And Shield are a natural fit. I hope to see more of them working together.  

  Garfieldicus Says:    
  2013-10-08 00:32:38  
  The android can mix chemicals to electrify itself or to make Uranium! Are we sure it's not using magnets?  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2013-12-23 12:47:08  
  So all this time cap has been secretly waiting to get the call to go to SHIELD and then he finally gets it, and he turns it down!? Seriously?! That was like his dream at this point....... He better stop whinning about it now.......  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-16 09:59:04  
  Although it overlaps a little in concept with Fury's other archfoes at HYDRA, the idea of a nefarious group of dominion-plotting mad scientists is pretty darn useful for the Marvel universe -- just when you think you've foiled one completely bizarre science-scheme, up pops another one! Clearly another catch-all wellspring for various kooky kirybisms, including the amazing (though scientifically ludicrous) design of the chemical android in this issue. It has tanks on its chest to mix chemicals?! What! It's silly but great, and definitely one of the first foreshadowings of Kirby's Project Cadmus weirdness from his work at DC in the 70s.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 19:43:11  
  They made the Fury-Cap meeting kind of corny by throwing in an unnecessary fight with in android.
This could have been so much better if they just would have talked and maybe reminisced about old times.
The last panel was a nice touch.

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-08-08 09:14:24  
  Glad Cap is back in teh modern era. An occasional flashback story is aa welcome chaneg of pace, but as a regular feature it wore out it's welcome pretty quickly.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-17 20:21:56  
  A group of mad scientists that don't understand science. Brilliant, Stan. Just F-ing brilliant. The story was great nonetheless... The lack of accurate scientific knowledge (like mixing chemicals to make electricity bolts) brings it down to 3 stars.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-04 22:41:37  
  4 stars for the 1st real app of AIM in all of their wastebasket headed glory!!!

THEM - Dang....I was hoping they would of been giant ants....

Small Minded - The mini-brain makes my brain hurt...

Chain Reaction - Good thing the Android had a mouth opening for Fury to put the pill into. I'd hate to see Fury go for the suppository route!!!

'Nuff Said - "URRUGHHH!"-Chemical Android

  chrisWhite @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2015-05-09 20:41:34  
  Has anyone told you how much your comics add to the order? You keep me laughing!  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-05-12 07:10:45  
  Poor Cap... he helps his hero Nick Fury kick android butt only to have Fury make wisecracks about his "corny playsuit" that he "romps around in."

A backhanded compliment... delivered with a karate chop!

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-15 00:19:15  
  This was lots of fun and A.I.M. makes its first appearance. All good.  

  Johnny71181 Says:    
  2016-01-02 21:35:56  
  I was very disappointed that they didn't continue the Agent 13/Peggy Carter story line that was hinted at for the last 3 issues.  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-01-17 22:11:00  
  It feels like ages since Captain first started talking about joining up with Shield, finally some resolution. Pretty sweet pin he got too, wouldn't mind having a replica.  

  wingot Says:    
  2016-04-16 23:04:05  
  If the villain wasn't so lame this would have gotten a 4 star.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-07 21:27:10  
  I liked this issue. It was a good slam-bang story and Cap and Nick make a great organic team.

AIM wasn't known as "Them" for very long. I think Van Morrison must've threatened 'em with a law suit (courtesy of the obscure '60's musical references department). I wonder what it stood for, anyway. "Tyrannically Holistic Evil Mechanics"? Naah, even Stan would consider that too corny.

3 stars. The preliminaries are over. Time for the Crimson Cranium to take his bow.

  J-Smack @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2017-06-05 22:21:18  
  I was thinking the same thing with all of the "THEM" stuff. That's my grandfather's favorite old sci-fi movie, meaning that I've watched it several times.  

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Date User Name Update
   November 10, 2017 TStarnes Added Captain America[appost]s Shield listing.
   May 17, 2017 fragsel Moved this issue.
   May 15, 2017 fragsel Updated the listing for Them.
   December 12, 2016 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
   March 15, 2014 Spider-Borg Changed comic details.
   June 7, 2013 TStarnes Moved this issue.
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