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670: Strange Tales #168 (v1) [B Story]

" Today Earth Died! "
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Strange Tales #168b (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Dan Adkins
Writers: Jim Steranko
Pencilers: Jim Steranko
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
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Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1968
Release Date: February 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 11
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 432                 Times Rated: 252
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Strange Tales #166 (v1) [B Story]
Strange Tales #167 (v1) [A Story]
Strange Tales #168b (v1)
Strange Tales #159b (v1)
Strange Tales #160b (v1)
668: Strange Tale...
#166b (v1)
669: Strange Tale...
#167a (v1)
 
671: Strange Tale...
#159b (v1)
672: Strange Tale...
#160b (v1)
 
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The strain is getting to Nick Fury, leaving him poorly prepared for the next menace SHIELD must face.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Strange Tales #167a (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Tales of Suspense #92b (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine last appeared in Strange Tales #167a (v1). Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine next appears in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (v1).
     
  Dum Dum Dugan
Dum Dum Dugan last appeared in Strange Tales #167a (v1). Dum Dum Dugan next appears in Tales of Suspense #95b (v1).
     
  James Woo
James Woo last appeared in Strange Tales #167a (v1). James Woo next appears in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (v1).
     
 
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S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Strange Tales #167a (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Tales of Suspense #92b (v1).
   
     
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This is the last issue of Strange Tales until Sept. 1973, when it picks back up following the stories of Brother Voodoo. Nick fury goes to his own book starting at issue #1.
 
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-04 01:30:49  
  Dr. Strange is like no other superhero. He does not put you in a jail where you'll break out of or get out of soon enough, no, he forces you to fall endlessly through a weird dimension...  
 
 

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-08-09 00:13:37  
  Yup, Strange is ruthless. He's not the one you want to be deliberating and executing judgements upon you.

I've really been impressed with the progression of Strange Tales. The art, storytelling and presentation have delivered. It just feels so much more modern than many of the other comics out at this time.
 
 
 

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-02-05 02:48:49  
  well, they had there ups and downs, but hey deffinitly ended on a high..... let's hope they keep it going in there own titles......  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-04-03 17:01:50  
  "At last the magician has fallen victim to my scientific supremacy!"
What?! You shot at him?! How does that make you scientifically supreme?!

That Fury ending was kind of sudden, if predictable.
 
 
 

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2014-05-08 05:25:58  
  Five stars just for the Fury feature. An astounding achievement for its era.  
 
 

  sputnix Says:    
  2014-08-20 14:06:23  
  I love how strange tales started off as the worst book of the 60's and ended as the best.  
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-09-09 07:22:53  
  Whoa...!!! I don't have any other words to express the Fury story. 4 stars  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2014-10-30 00:02:34  
  Strange still cold-blooded as hell. Wasn't he wiping out people's memories in previous issues? Now he's just plunging them into a never-ending fall. No wonder they got a horror director doing the film version.

When Fury went full alien I think I reached nirvana. At this point I don't know which story is the bigger trip.
 
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-11-20 00:49:03  
  I hope the Strange stories get better. Art was good. I can't wait to see the movie.
OK....that Fury was...strange.
 
 
 

  kaste Says:    
  2015-01-03 09:29:06  
  Both stories get 3 stars. Thank god the Fury story was only a dream...  
 
 

  SmokyB Says:    
  2015-01-03 19:28:24  
  Wow. What a way to end the title. A fantastic run full of innovative art and weird stories. Funny to think that I used to dread these in the Human Torch days.

I call a marvel first. Page 5. Full page of a the Contessa. First sexed up super babe. With a gun. I think we'll be seeing a bit more of that sort of thing :)
 
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-01-04 21:52:03  
  3 stars for Fury having a bad dream, or was it?

Trippy - As others have said, wicked art that makes it all surreal...

Lady In Red - @SmokyB: Oh yeah! Girls with guns always rule!

Dreamtime - So, was Fury dreaming of Jimmy Woo getting the message, or did it really happen? If he got the message, was it half finished? Was Fury sleep working??

'Nuff Said - "Peace...I come in peace, Men of Earth!"-Vaengr
 
 
 

  metsguy Says:    
  2015-03-06 20:11:14  
  The psychedelic 60s! Man, LSD can do some messed up stuff to your brain. Steranko is a master of pop art comic book storytelling. If he had never drawn another panel after this issue his legacy would've still been tremendous. This story is worlds ahead of anything Marvel had put out to this point.  
 
 

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2015-05-24 12:02:06  
  I can't believe so many people have given this issue low star ratings. These two stories have been some of the best of this whole era.  
 
 

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-26 13:58:16  
  A decent end to a pretty good run. I'm excited to see how it went in his solo book.  
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-03-14 11:43:34  
  I like to think of that full page shot of Val as a parting gift to the readers who stuck with Strange Tales through all those old Torch stories.

Bless you, Jim Steranko... Bless you.
 
 
 

  Nsmash Says:    
  2016-06-27 12:28:41  
  I'm a Steranko fan, but this shield issue was not up to par. The clue that the alien was really evil was that he was ugly, instead of a golden god. Typical fairy tale drek that beauty equals goodness. Then the ultimate cop out: it was just a dream all along. 1 star.  
 
 

  ViolentPhlegm @ SmokyB (original post):    
  2016-07-03 08:28:04  
  Sexed up by Steranko, but sexed down by the Comics Code Authority. They forced Val's butt cheeks to be obscured by a mass of black ink.  
 
 

  GroovyGolem @ ViolentPhlegm (original post):    
  2016-09-18 15:51:03  
  Apparently the version currently in Marvel Unlimited has the original, uncensored version of the Contessa's backside. I was just reading about this after reading "Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD" #2. Do a Google search on "Jim Steranko - Too Sixties for the Comics" for a good article about it.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-07 23:02:24  
  Wow, what a way to close out Strange Tales for Nick Fury. Steranko's art was fantastic when he started his residency on the series, but this story? He pulled out ALL the stops. The opening splash page alone is frequently cited as an iconic example of his best work on the title. Recommended listening for this story: Legend of a Mind by the Moody Blues ("Timothy Leary's dead....no, no, no, he's outside looking in")

Now for the analysis of the Nick Fury series:

This was the series that replaced the Human Torch after issue #134, running almost three years. It was already a huge improvement before Jim Steranko took over as artist, then writer, but with him on board this series reached a whole new level; influenced by cinema and psychedelia.

The series would've left a favorable mark on comic history even if the stories weren't top-notch, but the stories were mostly excellent. The only quibble I have is that the Yellow Claw arc was maybe a couple of issues too long, but I liked the fact that it drew on a little known aspect of Marvel history, during the period when it was known as Atlas Comics.

Final grade: A. Sure, there were a few flaws here and there, but this series was one of Marvel's most influential and iconic, even it was a 1960's period piece. Finally, it had other artists taking extensive notes that would shape their own styles in short order. Well done, gentlemen.
 
 
 

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-03-20 05:21:14  
  Question: When did you realize it was a dream? Or did you not until the reveal?

I somehow realized it on P6 Last Panel, I can't exactly say why...it was just a hunch that came to my mind that this happens not too rarely in series and movies and why not in comics too.
 
 
 

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-07-21 03:08:35  
  I was originally going to give this two stars but decided on four because Sternako gives us a Strange Tales story in the classic mode for the last issue of the original Strange Tales run. Next issue: Nick Fury, Agent of Shield #1 and Doctor Strange #169, and another 50s title bites the dust.  
 
 

 
 
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