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Saturday, January 31, 2015

SHIELD Key Issue Comics Part 2

Here we are with Part 2 to this SHIELD key issue comics series, and we are still in the Silver Age. This one will be a short and sweet series, and I'm thinking that Part 2 will be last. 

Yes, I'm only covering the key issues within the first featured series as well as first titled series. There aren't that many SHIELD key issues worth talking about after these two comic series, especially during the Copper Age and Modern Age.

Alright, if you missed Part 1, just click the link to go back. If not, let's get this key comics list rollin' and over with.

First Modern appearance of Jimmy Woo

Okay, most comic fans probably don't know who the hell Jimmy Woo is nor cared to take notice. Yes, he is one of the first Asian American heroes in comics and made his first appearance in The Yellow Claw #1 back in October, 1956, which is the month and date that the Silver Age of comics began.

He was not tied to SHIELD in that short comic series, but he was a hero spy secret agent and one of the first Asian comic book characters to be portrayed in a positive light, although the main nemesis and villain, the Yellow Claw, is pretty much a typical stereotype of the largely negative view of Asians depicted during and post World War II in comic books and the public at large.

Strange Tales #160 would bring back Jimmy Woo and the Yellow Claw characters and integrate them into the mythos of SHIELD.

Pretty minor Marvel character, but since this key issue falls into the first SHIELD feature in Strange Tales, it goes on this list. Strange Tales #160 was published September, 1967.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies of this one at the time of this writing. Four CGC copies with the highest being an 8.5 VF+ Signature Series. It's signed by Stan Lee.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies here and all are in stock. All are also in the low grade range with the highest being a 5.0 VG/FN.

NewKadia - Four raw copies with the highest being a VF+. Other three copies are a VF minus, a VG+, and a GD+.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.4 NM copy here so far.

Last Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD in title

Here we are with the last Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD in the Strange Tales title. After Strange Tales #168, both Doctor Strange and Nick Fury would be spun off in their own titled series. Brother Voodoo would take over Strange Tales starting with issue #169.

Strange Tales #168 was published May, 1968.

eBay - No shortage of copies of this one on the mighty eBay also. 9.0 VF/NM is the highest CGC copy so far. Lowest is a 6.5 FN+. There are a total of four slabbed copies at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Four copies here and all are raw. Highest is a consignment item and it's only a FN+. Others are in stock and are two VGs and one GD/VG.

ComicConnect - Only raw copies here for now, and there are six of them. High grade raw copies here include two VF/NMs and a VF. Others are mid-grade and one low grade VG.

ComicLink - Four CGC copies and all are in the NM range. There's a 9.6, two 9.4s and one 9.2 available at the time of this writing.

First issue to self-titled series
First full appearance of Scorpio

Nick Fury and SHIELD got their own titled series pretty quickly with their James Bond type of espionage stories. This late Silver Age goodie is the first issue and also holds the first full appearance of Scorpio.

Scorpio is the brother of Nick Fury, Jake Fury, who resented his brother and make several attacks on him as the Scorpio. It would be much later when Jake Fury is revealed to be Scorpio.

June, 1968 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Didn't spot that many on eBay of this key issue, but there are raw and slabbed options available. Actually, quite a few CGC copies there at the moment. Highest located is a 9.6 NM+ slab.

mycomicshop - Seven copies here with only one of them being a CGC and that slab is an 8.0 VF. Other copies are all raw and low grade. Two highest raw copies are both VG+s. Rest is downhill after that.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies and three raw copies. Most are high grade except for one. For slabs, one is a 9.6 NM+ and the other is a 9.2 NM minus. For raw copies, the highest is a 9.2 followed by a 9.0 VF/NM.

ComicLink - Only three CGC copies spotted here and the highest is a CGC 9.8 followed by a CGC 9.6 NM+. The other and last copy is a 9.4 NM.

First appearance of Noah Black
Jimmy Woo joins SHIELD
2nd issue to on-going titled series

Another pretty minor key considering SHIELD key issues. In this issue, Jimmy Woo officially becomes a member of SHIELD. Aside from that and being a 2nd issue to the first Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD comic series, there isn't much else this comic has going for it.

Oh, wait, nevermind. This issue has the first appearance of Noah Black, also known as Centurius. A Nobel Prize award-winning geneticist, Noah Black goes mad shortly after his big win and becomes Centurius.

Centurius is responsible for creating numerous monstrous creatures and becomes one of the more recurring villains for the SHIELD organization. He later becomes a member of the Thunderbolts. July, 1968 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Lower grade raw copies and some claiming to be VFs as well. Six slabs so far and the highest is a 9.6 NM+. A few 9.4 NMs as well with one being a Pacific Coast Pedigree. One 9.2 low NM spotted as well.

mycomicshop - Only two raw copies in stock and the highest is a VG and the other is way too low and not even worth mentioning.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.6 and two 9.4 NMs here. There's also a raw 9.2 low NM and a VF.

ComicLink - CGC 9.8 heads the cast here so far. There's also two 9.4s and two 9.2s as well. One raw copy that's a 9.0 VF/NM.

First appearance and death of Bull's Eye

Not to be confused with the Daredevil version, this Bull's Eye is Edward Forsyth, an assassin hired by Hydra to eliminate Nick Fury. Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD has the first and last appearance of this character, who also dies in this issue.

Minor key, but still a key pertaining to SHIELD key issues.
This comic was published November, 1969.

eBay - Selection is a bit more limited for this key issue comic on eBay. Raw copies and slabs available but only two slabbers. One is a Universal 9.6 NM+ and the other is a 9.2 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

mycomicshop - VF+ and a VG+ both on consignment here. Both are also raw as well.

NewKadia - Two VF copies in stock here.

Last issue to first titled series

The Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD first titled series did not last long. Actually, issue #17 and #18 contained reprints from the stories contained in the Strange Tales comic series.

However, if you're big on last issues, this is one from the first titled comic series, but I'd still consider it a minor key. However, this last issue may be a lower print run. This Bronze Age last issue was published March, 1971.

eBay - Quite limited selection for this one. Only a few raw copies spotted and no CGC at the moment.

mycomicshop - Only one raw VG/FN copy, but it is in stock.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy and it's going for a pretty crazy price. Not sure why that is though.

Thinking about ending this one right here. If there are enough requests for me to expand this with first appearances of some of the most popular or well-known SHIELD agents, I may do so. I won't do every single character that's ever been an agent or operative, as that would include half of the Marvel Universe, but I'll list the most noteworthy.

I'll make it your call. If want it, just comment below. If not, don't do anything. Trust me, the ones worth mentioning are already listed all over in various other key issues lists on this site.


  1. Wrong pic for nick fury #1

    1. Thanks for catching's been fixed...actually twice. lol

  2. Night Nurse Special anyone? Would love to see it. Not easy though putting the modern issues together...

  3. Hi,

    I have a question regarding the Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1. I've recieved an offer from a seller for this issue which is graded at a 9.0 with CGC for £130/$187 and I'm pretty new to comic books so I'm not really sure if it's worth investing in. I would appreciate any comment or input regarding this matter.

    Your website is awesome and I use it daily.

    Many thanks,


    1. Nick Fury Agent of Shield #1 last sold on eBay for $175 with about $13 shipping. There are more high grades in the CGC Census than low grade copies right now for that comic. 9.0s have the 2nd highest amount of copies.

      Nick Fury and Shield are already deep in movie and TV hype. Since 2012, the comic at that grade has been stagnant, selling around the higher $100 to lower $200 on average according to GoCollect.

      If you're new to comics and comic investing, I highly suggest you learn how to research more about it before you drop your hard earned cash. Actually, you should research any kind of investment before investing so you get some kind of idea of how the market works or at least the trends of current buyers and for certain comics.

      $187 is a fair price, but as an investment, I don't think I'd lay money on that comic at that grade. Just my opinion though.