Thursday, April 14, 2011

Marvel History Post 65: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos # 2

Issue: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos # 2 Writer: Stan Lee (Dude writes everything) Artist: Jack Kirby (Dude draws everything) Publication Date: July 1963 Brief Summary: http://marvel.wikia.com/Sgt_Fury_and_his_Howling_Commandos_Vol_1_2 Commentary: Well, Stan's interpretation of Nazis as epic dolts with excessive usage of the letter "v" is hilarious. I guess it could be insulting to Germans, but it's Nazis, and they're notoriously hard to defend. Still, the plan to get captured and get taken to a concentration camp on purpose is in slightly bad taste.
We see Fury in this issue show respect to his elders, namely Captain "Happy Sam" Sawyer. We also see him get reprimanded, albeit briefly. It's a bit of role reversal, as for most of his time in the Marvel Universe, Fury plays the role of the gruff older war soldier. We even see him doing that in these early appearances with his soldiers. Fury also disobeys orders, putting his mission at risk to go rescue Dum Dum Dugan.
Quick Thoughts:
  • Fury frequently refers to his commandos as "you heroes." Kind of fun.
  • Stan does occasionally mix in some actual facts about WWII in the midst of these ludicrous adventures.
Favorite Panel:
Thought this was kind of a fun one. First of all, although not noticeable here, this is one of the bigger panels I've seen in these early Marvel comics, coming in at over half of a page. There's also a lot of chaotic action. I imagine we'll see more of this in the upcoming Aven...whoops, shouldn't get ahead of myself.
Next: Strange Tales # 110