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663: Strange Tales #161 (v1) [A Story]

" Project: Blackout, Part II: The Second Doom! "
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Strange Tales #161a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jim Steranko
Writers: Jim Steranko
Pencilers: Jim Steranko
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Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: October 1967
Release Date: June 1967
Story Arc: Project Blackout (2 of 2)
Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 452                 Times Rated: 258
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Strange Tales #159 (v1) [A Story]
Strange Tales #160 (v1) [A Story]
Strange Tales #161a (v1)
Strange Tales #162a (v1)
Strange Tales #163a (v1)
661: Strange Tale...
#159a (v1)
662: Strange Tale...
#160a (v1)
 
664: Strange Tale...
#162a (v1)
665: Strange Tale...
#163a (v1)
 
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Captain America contacts the Fantastic Four for help with a mysterious danger lurking inside the Statue of Liberty.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Strange Tales #160a (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Strange Tales #162a (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Strange Tales #160a (v1). Captain America next appears in Strange Tales #162a (v1).
     
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #67 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #68 (v1).
     
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #67 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #68 (v1).
     
  James Woo
James Woo last appeared in Strange Tales #160a (v1). James Woo next appears in Strange Tales #162a (v1).
     
  Suwan
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Suwan in the mainstream continuity. Suwan next appears in Strange Tales #163a (v1).
     
Villains
  Yellow Claw
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Yellow Claw in the mainstream continuity. Yellow Claw next appears in Strange Tales #162a (v1).
     
  Karl von Horstbadden
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Karl von Horstbadden in the mainstream continuity. Karl von Horstbadden next appears in Strange Tales #162a (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #67 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #68 (v1).
   
     
S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Strange Tales #160a (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Strange Tales #162a (v1).
   
     
 
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Strange Tales #160a (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Strange Tales #162a (v1).
 
     
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-03 11:05:49  
  Best thing of the whole issue must surely have been that giant ant from another dimension.  
 
 

  Mr. M. Says:    
  2012-07-26 05:52:31  
  Just when I started to think that Strange's story are slightly declining we have Nebulous. Great desing. As for Fury, it's too corny and over-the-top but art's great.  
 
 

  Schlodz Says:    
  2012-08-27 15:34:38  
  Must be the first time we see first person captions in the order.  
 
 

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-06-24 23:48:35  
  That would have been five stars, but for that the way Yellow Claw is drawn is just wrong.  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-13 19:25:24  
  The Yellow Claw arc is one of the premiere runs of Steranko's art. It just gets better from here.

Nice to see Dr Strange getting on with his story introducing another cosmic entity into the mix.
 
 
 

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-02-03 22:01:15  
  More cosmic 616 building...... I can't get enough........  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-04-01 17:12:42  
  Seriously, you have a new Asian baddie show up, so instead of calling him Claw, or The Claw, it has to be The Yellow Claw. What is it about Asians that so sent the Marvel Racist-o-meter off the deep end? I don't think you can still claim it was due to Japan and WWII, it had been 25 year done by this point. Also, I know it's only a single shot of the guy so it's hard to judge, but it looks like Claw has a great rack.  
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-09-08 11:43:45  
  I'm confused, I've never heard of the yellow claw before. He looks like the mandarin. Strange is getting better, and The impending battle between Strange and Nebulos should be good. 3 stars.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2014-10-23 08:38:57  
  I actually cringed at "THE YELLOW CLAW!" Seriously Marvel? This isn't the 1930s.  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-10-26 22:55:57  
  I don't know why, but this literally took me 3 weeks to finish. I guess I crammed so much of these boring 60's comics in me that I just needed a rest. I did like the splash page at the end of the Fury story.  
 
 

  jwerth Says:    
  2014-12-23 19:25:37  
  Yellow Claw is actually older than that - Yellow Claw, Suwan, Karl von Horstbaden, and FBI agent Jimmy Woo are all from stories that Marvel published in 1956 and '57 (some of them drawn by Jack Kirby). Steranko is bringing them into the Silver Age in this arc.  
 
 

  kaste Says:    
  2014-12-28 13:56:45  
  Fury: 2/5 Pointless alien invasion is pointless...
Strange: 4/5 Nebulos was so awesome!
 
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-01-02 21:38:39  
  2 stars for the 1st modern app of the Yellow Claw!!! Decades later in the 1st Agent of Atlas miniseries it is explained where the name Yellow Claw came from.

Cover Me - Great cover with Lady Liberty in the clutches of the Yellow Claw!

'Nuff Said - "Nuts! What happened to the days when guns shot good old-fashioned bullets?"-Thing
 
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-01-02 22:04:46  
  2 stars for the 1st app of Nebulos! The Lt. Dan of cosmic beings!!!

Bite Me - That bat-spider creature was CREEPY!!!

The Final Frontier - Dan Adkins drew a wonderful scenic view of space!!! (p5,p4)

'Nuff Said - "I sneer at your feeble bid for mercy, accused one!"-Baron Mordo
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-03-06 11:14:13  
  Okay, so it didn't dawn on me until I read Long-Winded Stan's comment about the blackout on the (totally awesome) splash on Pg9, but sure enough this was a very cool Marvel explanation of what caused the actual real great Northeast Blackout of November 9, 1965.

From Wikipedia: "The Northeast blackout of 1965 was a significant disruption in the supply of electricity on Tuesday, November 9, 1965, affecting parts of Ontario in Canada and Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Vermont in the United States. Over 30 million people and 80,000 square miles (207,000 km2) were left without electricity for up to 13 hours."

Power was generally restored to most by 7am on November 10. Sure enough, I went back and looked at the cover of the dossier in Strange Tales #160 (previous issue's first page), and it is dated November 10, 1965 @ 7:45pm, with the notes saying the dossier covers the 12-hour aftermath of terror and confusion for those caught in the blackout.

Final note: according to NICAP, in Syracuse "there were also a number of reports of anomalous lights, and speculation that the blackout may have been the related to UFO activity in some way."

How cool is that we now finally know that the blackout was actually caused by Reed Richard's device and that the UFO was Benjamin J. Grimm?

Seriously, HOW COOL?!?

This gets an extra star from me just for the totally creative way they handled this real-life event.
 
 
 

  ViolentPhlegm @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2016-05-14 21:58:39  
  I bumped up my ratings for both issues based on your comment.  
 
 

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2016-05-14 22:08:48  
  Marvel Unlimited doesn't show the last 2 pages as a spread which is kind of disappointing. I know there would be a gutter between the panels, but it would still be cool to see it like it appears in the print version.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-07 17:46:41  
  Ugh, me and my big mouth. After heaping praise about the depiction of Jimmy Woo last issue, likely being Marvel's first non-offensive-looking Asian characters, we get the Yellow Claw! Oh geez, thanks for making me eat my words. Sad face!

In spite of that, however, the story still had a lot going for it. Thanks to @GroovyGolem for the story of the Northeast Blackout of 1965, how it happened in real life, and the tie-in to this story arc. Artwise, Steranko is hitting home runs every issue and he's even getting better....and bolder!

I'm not sure if the Agents of Atlas are covered at any point in this order, but I'll have to read up on their stories sometime.

4 stars for the clever use of a real life event.
 
 
 

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-06-16 05:03:01  
  That Yellow Claw sure is an ugly lady....  
 
 

 
 
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   November 10, 2017 TStarnes Added Captain America[appost]s Shield listing.
   July 17, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Nebulos.
   July 17, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Baron Mordo.
   July 17, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Doctor Strange.
   July 17, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Victoria Bentley.
   July 17, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
   August 23, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Nebulos.
   August 23, 2014 fragsel Added Nebulos to the issue.
   August 3, 2014 fragsel Added Karl von Horstbadden to the issue.
   August 3, 2014 fragsel Added Suwan to the issue.
   August 3, 2014 fragsel Added Yellow Claw to the issue.
   August 3, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Karl von Horstbadden.
   August 3, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Yellow Claw.
   August 3, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Suwan.
   January 23, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Mr. Fantastic.
   January 23, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Thing.
   January 23, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Fantastic Four.
   July 23, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
     
 
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