- It wuzn't exactly no bed of roses back in the big one... no matter what nutty movies they make about it nowadays! Mebbe we didn't have the A-Bomb hangin' over our heads... but it never killed anybody deader than a Nazi Luger!
- -- Nick Fury
Appearing in "And Now It Begins"
- Charles Atkins (First appearance)
Synopsis for "And Now It Begins"
The origin of S.H.I.E.L.D. is recounted as well as it finding its leader: Colonel Nick Fury.
- This issue is a reworked version of the origin story told in Strange Tales #135.
- The caption on page 16 which recounts Nick Fury's introduction to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier was lifted from Stan Lee's narration in Strange Tales #135.
- This issue contains a letters page, "Don't Yield, Write S.H.I.E.L.D.!". Letters are published from Edward Romero, Donlad F. McGregor, Steve Shuchart, Steven Grant, Mike Richmond, and Ralph Duby.
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