Strange Tales Vol.1 #159


Fury reminisces with Laura about his days growing up in Hell's Kitchen; then at SHIELD HQ, offers her a job as an agent; Fury goes to the UNIT academy, where recruits undergo rigorous education; He meets two new agents: Sidney E. Levine, a tech expert and Val, who scoffs at his attitude that the spy game is man's work; Fury takes on Captain America in a display bout for the recruits, but gets dizzy due to a side-effect of the invisibility pill he used earlier.

Strange returns home to find his Sanctum gone!; Wong, who barely escaped its destruction, recounts how Umar used a spell of vanishment; Strange dispels her enchantment and his house returns; Using the Crystal of Agamotto he senses evil mystic powers around the world. Casting a spell he discovers a group of mystics, banded together, working to free an imprisoned mystic to lead them.

Printed: Aug 1967
Writers: Jim Steranko, Roy Thomas, and Marie Severin
Art: Jim Steranko, Marie Severin, and Herb Trimpe
Cover: Jim Steranko and John Romita Sr.

- 1st appearance of Contessa Valentina Allegro De Fontaine, the romantic interest of Nick Fury and a high-ranking member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 1st appearance of Gaffer, a fighter pilot
- 1st cameo appearance of Jacob Fury, the younger brother of Nick Fury who later becomes Scorpio then Kraken