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Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 1 Hardcover – October 24, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (October 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785126864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785126867
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plus the pairing of Nick Fury and Captain America!
Blue Coronet
Truly, a great character in all of his quirks such as his cigars and his tendency to appear shirtless (some times without any explanation.)
Adam
Stan lee scripts of course and jack kirby does most of the layouts.
Michael Dobey

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kid Kyoto VINE VOICE on August 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In the 60s with James Bond, the Man from U.N.C.L.E. and other superspies at the height of their popularity Marvel comics had the inspiration of retooling their tough-as-nails World War II character Sergent Fury into the greatest superspy of them all: Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This book covers Nick's earliest adventures and his first encounters with sinister organizations like Hydra, AIM, the Druid and the Secret Empire. The creative minds of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee are on fine display as Fury visits flying aircraft carriers, drives around a flying Porsche, and battles all sorts of insane schemes to rule to world. All the while he does it while speaking in an outrageous Noo Yawk accent and griping about how things were a lot simpler back in the war.

Somehow the crazy mix works. Fury serves as our hero and as our point of view character, always commenting on how crazy the situations are and somehow always getting the job done.

So why only 3 stars? For one thing the art in this book is rather lackluster, Kirby provided layouts but the art was finished by a host of mediocre draftsmen. For another it ends just as the series was getting good, when Jim Sterenko's innovative layouts and designs would really make it a classic. Lastly, there is a much cheaper and better reprint out there in the form of 'Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD' which covers most of Sternko's run and many of the classic moments people still remember today.

So unless you are devoted fan of the character and want to see where it all began, the Marvel Masterworks edition is really not for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on December 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This volume isn't as stong as what would come later; But it's got alot of good stories in which Shield lead by NIck Fury go after the forces of darkness like hydra and aim. Both of which are like forms of spectre. I disagree that the art is lackluster , it's just not as spectacular as what would come later. Except of course for the kirby and steranko work in this one. I do think John Severins work is as good as anybody out there. his style is fluid and awesome, john buscema as well is a great artist. So that makes four greats imo, howard purcell who really can draft a fine artpage is in here too. You can really see his best work in the 'doctor fate' archives book from d.c. Here he is still doing a good job. The other artists are decent though and even ogden whitney who did alot of funny books is in here. THe stories are typical spy stories and they have lots of action. And one of shields agents is a african american, that's a step up for comics. These were 12 page stories that usually told one epic over several issues. Stan lee scripts of course and jack kirby does most of the layouts. Basic art and then the others work over him. This is a cheap way to get all these tales.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blue Coronet on June 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I disagree with the previous reviewer who says this volume "really isn't for you". I enjoyed Sgt. Fury's exploits and was quite glad when Marvel brought the character back as Colonel Nick Fury - now with S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes, the artwork is mostly not by Steranko, but so what? Most of the Marvel titles -- including Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos -- were not drawn by Steranko, and I love his work. Here we get to see the first stories of Colonel Fury and the first glimpses of Hydra and A.I.M. in Marvel's Strange Tales series. Plus the pairing of Nick Fury and Captain America! Both this and the following Nick Fury Volume are well worth it.
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