Contessa Valentina 'Val' Allegra de la Fontaine (Marvel)
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The Contessa is a superb hand-to-hand combatant, a brilliant marksman with firearms of most kinds, and an excellent leader and strategist on combat missions in the field.
Little has been revealed about the past of the Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. Formerly a member of the European "jet set," the Contessa sought a more serious role in life, and eventually entered a training program to become an agent of SHIELD, the international intelligence and law enforcement agency. She first encountered Nick Fury, the Public Director of SHIELD, towards the end of her training, when she impressed him by overpowering him in hand-to-hand combat.
As a result of her remarkable talents and skills in many areas, the Contessa soon became a leading member of SHIELD. Her first major assignment for SHIELD was her participation in the battles against the robotic duplicate of the Yellow Claw.
The Contessa soon became Fury's lover and their relationship continued for many years.
At one point the Contessa was the leader of SHIELD's Femme Force, an elite cadre of female agents. Nothing has been revealed about the Femme Force's activities in recent years, and it may therefore be presumed that the group was disbanded years ago.
The Contessa was among the small number of leading agents loyal to Fury who were not killed and replaced by one of the artificially created human beings called the Deltites. The Contessa was among the SHIELD agents who struggled against the Deltite takeover, which was finally defeated by Fury and others.
Following the defeat of the Deltites, Fury persuaded the United Nations to disband SHIELD. Aided by the Contessa and a few more of his closest loyal aides, Fury traveled throughout the world, closing SHIELD bases and destroying its most dangerous weaponry and technology.
The Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, however, will become a member of the now, more efficient SHIELD organization that Fury is organizing to take the place of the original agency.
A Skrull was seen impersonating Valentina during the preview pages of Secret Invasion. Where the real Valentina is at the moment remains unknown, or if she's still alive.
First Appearance: Strange Tales (1951) #159
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Double Edge (1995)
Omega Fantastic Four: The End (2007)
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Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1995)
#1 Fury/Agent 13 (1998)
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#1 Guardians of the Galaxy (2013)
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Hulk Comic (1979)
Infinity Gauntlet (1991)
#1 Kitty Pryde, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1997)
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#1 Marvel Fanfare (1982)
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Marvel Fanfare (1996)
Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
Marvel Spotlight (1971)
#31 Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
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Marvel Team-Up (1972)
#82 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
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#26 Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
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#1 Ms. Marvel (1977)
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#17 New Avengers (2005)
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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. (1988)
#1 Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1989)
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- 'Memory And Menace!'#6
- 'In Final Memory'#7
- 'Stealth Warfare'#8
- 'The Devil You Say'#9
- 'To Fear A Painted Devil'#10
- 'A Matter of Faith'#11
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- 'The Hydra Affair: Part 1 of 3: Fears and Obsessions'#13
- 'The Hydra Affair: Part 2 of 3: In Battle Joined!'#14
- 'The Hydra Affair: Part 3 of 3: Pyrrhic Victory'#15
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- 'Apogee of Disaster: Part Two of Five: Uh, Houston, We Got A Problem'#17
- 'Apogee of Disaster: Part Three of Five: Telemetry and Terror'#18
- 'Apogee of Disaster: Part Four of Five: Magnificent Desolation'#19
- 'Apogee of Disaster: Part Five of Five: Downrange of the End of the World'#20
- 'To Honor The Dead'#21
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- 'Pledge Of Allegiance'#23
- 'Storm Warning'#25
- 'Commencement Ceremonies'#26
- 'The Soldiers of Anarchy'#27
- 'Recruitment Drive'#28
- 'Icy Roads'#29
- 'The Cold War'#30
- 'Infinity's Not Forever'#31
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- 'Man Of Action'#34
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- 'More Men Of Action'#36
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- 'The Cold War Of Nick Fury 1/4: The fourth horseman'#39
- 'The Cold War Of Nick Fury 2/4: A hunger for freedom'#40
- 'The Cold War Of Nick Fury 3/4: Salvation!'#41
- 'The Cold War Of Nick Fury 4/4: Redemption!'#42
- 'The Past Recalled'#43
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- 'The Treachery Within'#46
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#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
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#1 Punisher: P.O.V. (1991)
- 'He's Alive?!'#11
- 'Manhattan Onslaught'
#4 Punisher: Terror (2001)
- 'Book Four: Hindsight'
Scorpio Rising (1994)
Secret Invasion (2008)
Secret War (2004)
#1 Secret Warriors (2009)
- 'Book One of Five'#5
- 'Book Five of Five'
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack (1992)
Skrull Kill Krew (1995)
Strange Tales (1951)
The Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1991)
The Avengers (1963)
#67 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'We Stand At... Armageddon!'#118
- 'To the Death!'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#10 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'S: From Shi'Ar to Sub-Mariner'
#11 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
- 'Richard Rider to Sidewinder'
#2 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Champion to Ecstasy'#7
- 'Set to Tyrak'
What If? (1977)
#17 What If...? (1989)
- 'What If... Ghost Rider, Spider-Woman, and Captain Marvel Had Remained Villains?'
#3 Wolverine, Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection (1989)
- 'What If... Steve Rogers Had Refused To Give Up Being---Captain America?'
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