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Archrivals: Nick Fury vs HYDRA

Marvel's greatest super spy pits himself against the world's deadliest terrorist organization

By Jim Beard

"Hail HYDRA! Cut off one limb and two more shall take its place!" So declare the hordes of HYDRA, a terror factory set on subjugating the world. And they've made good on their word-whenever HYDRA seems to be down, another tentacle worms its way into the earth to next appear when least expected.

One man's got what it takes to oppose these snakes. His name? Nick Fury, once agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., now Secret Warrior in the fight against all forms of oppression. Nick knows HYDRA's game and he's got years of experience lopping off its heads. In fact, he's prepping for another round even now, in December 23's SECRET WARRIORS #11.

Want the lowdown on this long-standing struggle? Pay attention now! The following's Eyes Only but we've cleared you for viewing...


S.H.I.E.L.D. needed a leader and they wanted Nick Fury. HYDRA thought along different lines and the game commenced. Reluctantly opening his ears to learn about his new nemeses, Fury got the grand tour of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier-along with a snoot full of explosives from HYDRA. Did he join up? You bet your cigar-chomping super-spy he did!

NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #15 (1969)

HYDRA placed a hefty price tag on Fury's life-to the tune of one million simoleons-and a lone assassin grabbed the gig. The S.H.I.E.L.D. leader only wanted a little peace with his girlfriend and a nice rock concert in the park but what did he receive instead? Death! The HYDRA killer's name? Bullseye! Well, another Bullseye, but still...


The Deltite, a Life Model Decoy possessing independent thought and action, wrested control of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA, transforming Fury into a fugitive in the process. In a new body, the evil LMD posed as the Supreme Hydra and ordered Madame Hydra to use a stolen device to power a missile-and insure that its sole passenger answered to the name of Nick Fury!


The Secret Empire member known as Number 16 joined with the many-headed HYDRA on a gambit to snatch spies and stand them on the selling block. Alas, for his trouble he received many special gifts: Nick Fury's wrath, his HYDRA base obliterated and a sterling set of tortured spies itching for some powerful payback.


Say it ain't so-HYDRA: part of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Or perhaps the other way around? After years of jousting with the dragon, Nick Fury uncovered damning evidence of his long-time organization's ties with his arch-enemies. What to do? Go underground, of course. Fury assembled a crack team of Secret Warriors, soldiers in a new kind of war against several arms of his own government almost completely controlled by HYDRA!

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