Vintage Comics Marvel’s Strange Tales #143 April 1966 Fantastic Cover Art Bagged And Boarded Wow! Fire Grail
Marvel’s Strange Tales #143 April 1966 Fantastic Cover Art Bagged And Boarded Wow! Fire Grail Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Mike Esposito. Nick Fury stars in “To Free a Brain Slave,” script by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (co-plot), pencils by Jack Kirby (layouts) and Howard Purcell, inks by Mike Esposito (as M. Demeo); SHIELD HQ is taken over by Mentallo & The Fixer who hold Fury prisoner; Tony Stark takes command of the combat unit, preparing his Neutralizer while the ESP Division is unable to pick up Fury’s thoughts; Meanwhile the villains attach a miniature H-Bomb to Fury’s wrists and remove the mind-control mask; Fury is able to send a signal to the ESP team allowing SHIELD to retaliate and Stark’s Neutralizer dissolves the H-Bomb. “With None Beside Me!”, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Roy Thomas (dialogue), art by Steve Ditko; Strange hides his bound body in a rooftop water tank, as The Demon & his men search for him; At their HQ, Strange retrieves his Cloak Of Levitation, and uses it to capture one of Mordo’s men; But his body has been found by the witch; The complex cat-and-mouse game continues until Strange finally regains control of his body and Amulet, and he hypnotizes Mordo’s minions into forgetting all they know of black magic. Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation; Total copies printed (average in last 12 months): 380992. Total copies printed (issue nearest to filing date): 455625. Total paid circulation (average in last 12 months): 230285. Total paid circulation (issue nearest to filing date): 299425. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.