Sunday, October 16, 2011

Marvel History 157: Sgt. Fury # 8

Issue: Sgt. Fury # 8
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers
Publication Date: July 1964
Brief Summary:


The newest Howler is a Brit named Percival Pinkerton.  The gang tries to mock him for his Britishness, but Percival has the last laugh when he trips them up with his umbrella.  Yes, umbrella.

Still, Percy plays his part and helps the team.  Stan's seemingly got plenty of love in his heart for the British, although he perhaps could have given his starring Brit a better weapon.  Stan's depictions of the Nazis are typically less favorable.

Also, another one of the characters in the present (as in the 60s) Marvel Universe makes an appearance in the World War 2 era, and this time it's Baron Zemo, or Dr. Zemo as he's known here.  Some interesting stuff with Stan interweaving all of his books together, and not just the ones set in the present!

The Commandos seem to contribute to the mission in different ways, all playing their role, but their personalities are still only loosely defined outside of Fury.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Stan takes a break from hyperbole this issue, claiming this is "Not a bad story" by Stan Lee
  • Fury and his Commandos are now a monthly book with this issue
Favorite Panel:

Percival Pinkerton threatens with that menacing umbrella.  

Next: Strange Tales # 122