COMIC LEGEND: The terrorist organization Hydra existed in Marvel Comics before either S.H.I.E.L.D. or Nick Fury debuted!
The terrorist organization known as Hydra is having a big month so far, playing a major role in both Marvel's movie empire as well as its television landcape...
Hydra is well known for being sneaky and showing up where you would least expect it, but is it true that they actually managed to debut in comic books BEFORE either S.H.I.E.L.D. or even Nick Fury himself?
That's the question Chad Walters tweeted to me yesterday.
is there any truth to the idea that HYDRA first appeared in Menace #10 (1954)?
In 1973's Crypt of Shadows #5, a story Menace #10 from 1954 was reprinted.
Here is a panel, where a government scientist selling out U.S. secrets is approached by none other than Hydra itself!
This has led to many people believing that Hydra debuted back in 1954. It's even on Hydra's Wikipedia page.
This, however, is not the case.
Just like one of my very earliest Comic Book Legends Revealed (The 26th edition, to be precise), this was just a case of Marvel having a little fun with their reprint comic books. Just like the other Comic Book Legend, where a 1950s scientist retroactively became Hank Pym, so, too, did the following ACTUAL panel from Menace #10 become the Hyrda panel above...
So the answer is no, Chad, there is no truth to it!
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