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  • Capping off SHIELD's first major feud with HYDRA by heading to HYDRA Island and finishing off the entire organization (while stopping their plot to kill humanity with a global death spore attack) by himself. Even the rest of SHIELD keeps bringing up how badass that was for issues afterward.
  • Escaping a nuclear bomb blast on a rocket powered motorcycle. Shirtless. While smoking a cigar and firing two machine guns. Nick Fury is CMOA.
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  • And of course, this line he delivers to the Skrulls: "Oh yeah? Well... my God has a hammer!"
  • Don't forget delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to a corrupt general who came up with the whole "Fake terrorists crashing a passenger jet full of innocent people as a distraction" plan in The Punisher MAX with his belt.
    • And the ending of that storyline as well. After the Punisher intentionally botched the "secret" mission by letting a virus in a little girl's bloodstream be destroyed (he promised no one would hurt her), the corrupt generals who ordered the mission attempt to have him arrested. Fury simply stood next to Frank and told the soldiers to go ahead. They wouldn't go near him, telling the generals they would rather be sent to Iraq.
  • Surrounded and vastly outnumbered by hostile H.A.M.M.E.R. Mooks, he warned them not to mess with him. Result: not only did they surrender, but they also pulled a Heel–Face Turn and joined him.
    • In the first few issues of that series, Nick Fury was horrified to discover that Baron Strucker had been running a scam on him for years. In the last few issues, Strucker was horrified to discover that Nick Fury had been running the same scam on him. For years.
  • The climatic issue in the Yellow Claw storyline when Steranko's Art Evolution hit its full flower with funky surrealism and a mega four page spread that in the 1960s practically demanded you buy a second copy to see it all in one piece, or nowadays open up the fold out pages in the modern reprint books.
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  • How does he deal with The Punisher's death in "War's End" from The Punisher MAX? He pisses all over the police investigating what happened, takes the war journal Frank wrote when they tried to look into it, torches Castle's home because of how depressed Frank was over his family being killed, then orders SHIELD to blackout an area of New York to finish what The Punisher started by killing Kingpin's wife.
  • From the very first issue of Nick's series, all the way back when, there's the moment Nick is appointed Director of SHIELD. He tries protesting, that he's not the guy they want... then he sees a chair's been rigged with explosives. Nick doesn't hesitate in grabbing it, ripping it out of the floor and tossing it through the nearest window.
    • Which also leads to a mildly awesome Wham Shot: Up until that point the whereabouts of SHIELD's headquarters hadn't been given. When Nick throws the chair through the window, we see where the base is, with the first ever shot of the Helicarrier, in all its glory.

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