Thursday, April 28, 2011

Marvel History Post 79: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos # 3


Issue: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos # 3
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: September 1963

Brief Summary:

Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos # 3

Commentary:

Nick Fury leads his team by his own rules. Witness the drill master blasting his unit for not having straight enough uniforms, and then Nick Fury's Commandos walk past, one more ragged looking than the next. However, when someone questions how Fury's squad gets away with it, the answer is that it's Nick Fury's squad. Case closed. They're the best of the best, but they play by their own rules in a lot of ways.

Of course, that doesn't matter much to their superior office, Captain Happy Sam Sawyer.

This issue has one of the coolest MU connections we've seen thus far, as it features the first meeting between Nick Fury and Reed Richards. Of course, the story takes place in Richards' younger days before the Fan 4. Still, we learn that he was a member of the OSS, the wartime intelligence agency. Also, we learn that he was rocking the pipe, even back in WWII.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Despite the fact that this is war, Stan throws a lot of zingers out there in the dialog between the Commandos.


Favorite Panel:
Dig it.

Favorite Quote:

"Aw, Nick, have a heart! The Howlers want to have some fun tonight! Why don't ya stay here and practice some new cuss-words or somethin'?!" - Dum Dum Dugan to Fury

Next: Strange Tales # 112