Jack helps to introduce another of Marvel’s most vile villains!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

Jack Kirby maybe be best known as a super hero artist, but he loved making war comics. A military man himself, “The King” put his crown aside to serve his country during World War II as an Infrantryman and put plenty of those experiences into books like SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS with his collaborator Stan Lee.

Though still thrilling adventure stories, these issues feature some of the hard truths that came with war, like losing members of your squad as the Howlers did when Junior Junipe got injured in issue #4. They carried that sadness and anger with them into the next mission, which introduced them and the readers to a new Nazi threat: Baron Strucker! The villain debuted dueling with another man and easily winning before receiving his latest orders from Hitler: kill Nick Fury. Thinking his prey beneath him, Strucker thought of the mission as nothing more than a game.

The Wing Commander of the Fuehrer’s Death-Head Squadron flew his plane over the Allies’ post, blasting away at Dum Dum Duggan and Izzy Cohen before throwing a tube with a note down challenging Fury to a death duel on Norsehaven in the English Channel. Enraged at Strucker’s taunts, the sergeant requested transport to the Channel from Captain Sawyer, who flatly refused. After dining with his girlfriend Lady Pamely Hawley, Fury called in a few favors and snuck his way to the meeting with Strucker.

Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #5

Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #5

  • Published: January 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Neither man wasted any time getting into the spirit of the duel itself, which they fought with plywood swords as part of Strucker’s beloved tradition dictated. However, the villain also drugged Fury’s pre-fencing drink and had his lackeys ready to literally trip Nick up. The future S.H.I.E.L.D. chief did his best to fight, but inevitably collapsed. With his opponent down, the Baron called out his photographers and videographers to record the Amerikaner’s defeat. They strapped Fury in a parachute and dropped him out of a plane near the base he had been stationed at.

Upon returning, Captain Sawyer busted Fury down to a private and dismissed him. Still a part of the Howling Commandos, Nick joined his crew as they went out for another big push. The Howlers got the drop on a tank squadron, stole their vehicle and used it to destroy a rocket base before busting into an enemy base that happened to house Strucker!

The nefarious Nazi didn’t stand a chance in a fair fight with the furious Fury who knocked him unconscious after punching him through a wall! Upon returning, Sawyer saw the error of his ways in demoting Nick—mostly because a general said how lucky he was to work with the Howlers boss—and returned him to the rank of sergeant!

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No one lies on their resume quite like the original Howling Commando!

It’s Monday, and that means that you’ve had to find the strength to shake off the after effects of a weekend well spent just to get back into shape for the weekday work-athon. It’s tough, sure, but it’s a fact of life – one that isn’t lost on super humans either. Yep, Mondays mean back to work for super heroes too, as they trade in their uniforms for something more business casual.

It’s probably a good thing that Nick Fury gravitates towards positions of power, because the guy definitely would not cut it as an average employee. He undermines everyone’s authority, obeys only the commands that he gives, and has a resume filled with lies and redacted entries. A master spy like Nick Fury could probably get a job anywhere just using his deception skills, but because of his ego and commitment to keeping the world safe from threats, he would be the least attentive employee ever.

Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #1

Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #1

  • Published: May 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Nick made his debut in the Marvel Universe as the leader of a ragtag fighting squad in World War II. His gruff demeanor and tough-as-nails attitude made the rest of his troops fall in line. His leadership skills inspired them so much that most of his Howling Commandos later followed him to S.H.I.E.L.D. when Fury traded in camouflage for a black jumpsuit and made the transition from army man to secret agent.

Secret Warriors (2008) #1

Secret Warriors (2008) #1

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Note to bad guys everywhere: firing Nick Fury from his job just makes him work harder. When Norman Osborn took control of S.H.I.E.L.D. and turned it into the crooked organization called H.A.M.M.E.R., Fury worked overtime to put a stop to both Osborn’s army as well as the international terrorist group called HYDRA. Fury’s reputation helped him lock down a number of key operatives after they quit H.A.M.M.E.R., and the super spy even got back into the human resources game by recruiting a new group of young super heroes.

ORIGINAL SIN 6 (SIN, WITH DIGITAL CODE)

ORIGINAL SIN 6 (SIN, WITH DIGITAL CODE)

Nick Fury does not take breaks. As recently revealed in the current ORIGINAL SIN event series, pretty much every minute of Fury’s downtime has been spent clocking hours as the “Man On the Wall”—Earth’s covert line of defense against both other worldly and other dimensional invasions. This came as a surprise to the heroes gathered in his secret HQ, especially since it meant that any of the Nicks they had previously interacted with over the years could have been life model decoys!

Nick Fury punches the clock for what might be the last time in ORIGINAL SIN #7!

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