Friday, September 9, 2011

Marvel History Post 112: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos # 5

Issue: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos # 5
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: January 1963

Brief Summary:


Fury compensates for the loss of a Commando last issue by pushing his unit to the brink during training.  Fury then takes his anger out on Baron Strucker.  

This issue of Fury doesn't exactly emphasize the realities of war, but then, it is a Marvel comic book, and Stan also writes stories about a dude who rides ants and the Norse God of Thunder.  Stan prefers drama to rationality, even in his war time comics.  What is amazing to remember is that Marvel Comics ushered in a more realistic era of comic book storytelling.  So, despite how fanciful some of these adventures might seem, they were actually ahead of their time in their characterizations and story lines.

Quick Thoughts:

  • Fury flashes a little more attitude to his superior officer.
  • Nurse Pam from last issue returns, and appears to be dating Fury.
Favorite Panel:

Fury unleashed!


Strange Tales # 116