Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sgt. Fury Annual # 1

Issue: Sgt. Fury Annual # 1
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers
Publication Date: October 1965

Brief Summary:

Sgt. Fury Annual # 1


Alright, 72 big pages of WWII Nick Fury action, woohoo!  Wait a second, this takes place during the Korean War?!?  Damn.  So it looks like our team reestablished itself when the terrible scourge of communism reared it's ugly head.  Well, fair enough.  

Turns out no matter where you set down the Howling Commandoes, they get the job done in more or less the same fashion.  However, establishing them all as living and well during the Korean War kind of takes out any of the suspense of someone else getting killed on the team in the Howling Commandos regular series.

This story provides a little background on how Fury began his rise from Sergeant to Colonel within the ranks of the CIA, as it appears that Happy Sam Sawyer is poised to retire.

Quick Hits:
  • The annual includes several fun extras, such as a pinup of the case, a display of the Howlers' base in Britain, and even combat arm and hand signals
  • The issue includes reprints of tales discussed here and here

Favorite Panel:

Happy Sam Sawyer appears forlorn as the younger men rush off into battle.

Next: Strange Tales # 137