Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Marvel History Post 98: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos # 4

Issue: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos # 4
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: November 1963

Quick Summary:


Even a champ like Nick Fury doubts himself with the ladies. It's pretty clear that at this point in time, there's only one Cassanova in the MU: Tony Stark. But what's the reasoning behind this? Is it something in Stan's personality, or does he believe he'll reach more readers by setting up his heroes, despite all their superhuman strength, as clumsy footed fools when it comes to the womenfolk?

Also, Fury tells one of those war time lies in this issue, exaggerating the death of someone to be more heroic than it was. In fact, he tells a girl that her brother died valiantly, as opposed to being a traitor.

While these comics are no Saving Private Ryan, Stan does try to inject a sense of the cruelty of war. Sure, there's no blood and no guts, and the fight scenes can be ridiculous, but there is death, and there are tragedies. For early war comics, these aren't half bad. Perhaps that's a little
unfair of me, as I am not familiar with the majority of war comics, so I can't say how much these differ.

Favorite Panel:

The first of the Howling Commandos to bite the dust.

Favorite Quote: "I can't fight bombers with cuss words!" - Nick Fury. Oh, but if one man could..

Next: X-Men # 2