The Howlers venture behind enemy lines to destroy a Nazi war machine!

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.

They say that there’s no rest for the weary. That sentiment proved doubly true for the Howling Commandos during World War II. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee certainly didn’t take it easy on the stars of SGT. FURY #2 when they kicked the issue off by sending the unit into France for a special mission to destroy the local Nazi sub base. Proving once again why they’re one of the best fighting forces in history, the Howlers caused all sorts of damage to the local Nazi occupiers before making their getaway on a waiting P-T boat. They fully succeeded in their mission to distract the Nazis while an unmanned ship packed with a ton of explosives rammed into the submarine pens.

Thinking they’d return to base in England and catch some rest, the squad quickly realized that they’d have to summon up a second wind and headed out on another mission. This one focused on sneaking behind enemy lines where German scientists worked on building their own atom bomb. Though they didn’t have the full details on the nuclear capabilities of this Manhattan Project-like operation, Fury and his cohorts shifted right back into battle mode. First, they dressed as German seamen, which eventually drew the attention of a harbor patrol, whom they easily overtook. Once in possession of a slightly damaged E-Boat and official uniforms, they made their way into a base, but couldn’t keep quiet for long and started blasting away at the enemy. Not everyone made it out as the Nazis grabbed Dum Dum Dugan.

Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #2

Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #2

  • Published: July 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Not willing to let their comrade stay locked up, the Commandos quickly sprung him from jail and then realized that the quickest way to get to the secret weapons lab was to surrender and get sent to the concentration camp at Heinemund. Sickened by what they saw inside the camp, the Howlers moved on with their mission, blowing up huge portions of the vile den along the way. They also freed plenty of captives who fought for their own freedom. The crew then rode off to the weapons lab where they made short work of the scientific equipment and emptied out the train cars of heavy water they needed to create the weapon. While there, Duggan decided to drive a fuel truck right into a rocket they had developed!

With their mission accomplished, Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos made their way to the coast, found an underground-provided life raft and rowed away to safety as the weapons lab exploded behind them!

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Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos enter a new theater of war!

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.

Never ones to take it easy on their characters, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby gave the stars of SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS a whole new challenge in the book’s sixth outing. The 1964 issue began with a distracted Fury running into a Nazi alarm wire while riding a bicycle because his Jeep broke down. Looking to meet his lady for a date, Nick put a little extra mustard into the fight with a trio of wannabe saboteurs. After dropping them off in the clink he met up with Lady Pamela Hawley and took in a picture that showcased how the Nazi  Rommel continued to run the table in North Africa.

Not long after Captain “Happy Sam” Sawyer informed Fury that he and the Howlers would take on The Desert Fox directly. Unfortunately, during a training exercise, Dino Manelli got banged up and had to stay behind which meant the unproven George Stonewell, would fill out the Howling Commandos. The newcomer immediately started raising eyebrows, though, as he had very clear problems with the Italian, Jewish, and African-American members of his squad. Nick called him on it, quickly saying, “You’re a genuine, 14-carat, dyed-in-the-wool, low-down bigot!” The commanding officer would have 86ed the new recruit, but they all rolled out for their mission the next day.

The action then cut directly to Tobruk, Libya where the Howlers found themselves just behind one of Rommel’s platoons. At first Stonewell seemed like he could put his prejudice aside to fight a common enemy, but once he and Gabe Jones approached a radio tent, his racism took over and a fight broke out between fellow soldiers. Fury broke it up, grabbed one of the surviving Nazis and used him as a guide.

During a brief respite, the Nazi noted to Stonewell how they shared similar views on the subject of non-whites. The U.S. commando said he had no use for Nazis just as a batch of Axis bombers flew in to attack. Thanks to some quick thinking by their sergeant, the Commandos avoided a potentially explosive situation and lived to wander the desert until coming upon a local tribe who offered to help overthrow the invasive Nazis.

Upon arriving at Rommel’s base, the sheer size of the Desert Fox’s operation, which included a whole fleet of tanks, struck the Howlers dumbfounded. Fury quickly devised a plan that required Stonewell to work alongside Izzy Cohen to his bigoted chagrin. Unable to control his baser nature, Stonewell not only planned to disobey Fury’s direct order, but also got into a scrap with Izzy that brought in all kinds of unwanted attention from their targets.

The pair got along well enough to defend each other, but Stonewell wound up taking some shrapnel, which meant that Cohen had to carry him out of the battlefield. With the larger mission scrapped, the Commandos tore out and got their newest member to a German doctor who helped without provocation, noting that he served the Nazis against his will. This man proceeded to facilitate a blood transfusion between the racist soldier and Gabe Jones to save Stonewell’s life. Later, the Allied forces crashed through Rommel’s outer defenses and got to Fury. They let him know that The Desert Fox secretly worked to assassinate Hitler, so they wanted to keep him alive in hopes that he and his co-conspirators would succeed in their mission.

Back in their British home base, the Howlers saw Stonewell off. Though he said nothing, he did leave a forwarding address to none other than Izzy and Gabe! Fury then closed the issue out with a lesson that we can all still learn from: “The seeds of prejudice, which takes a lifetime to grow, can’t be stamped out overnight—but if we keep trying—keep fighting—perhaps a day will come when ‘love they brother’ will be more than just an expression we hear in church!”

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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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