Apparently the Director of External Atomic Threat Headquarters was supposed to by Nick Fury himself. The draft version of the the S.H.I.E.L.D. series was first called "The Man Called D.E.A.T.H." and two pages were produced as a tryout. Later these two Kirby-drawn pages were used as a test for "Jaunty" Jim Steranko to see how he'd do on the series which he'd soon take over and transform with his sleek singular style.