For most soldiers, after V-J Day the war was over, and it was time to go home and live a normal life again. 

This was not the case for Nick Fury.
The stories found below feature as part of the days after Fury left the Howling Commandos and before he joined SHIELD. 

 

Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD (2) #38
Fury's first mission for the O.S.S. had him hunting down a rogue Japanese colonel with a cache of bio-weapons. The mission was successful, however only Fury made it out alive and Ishii never saw a war crimes tribunal for his use of POWs as test subjects for the chemicals.

Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD (2) #39
In 1953 Nick Fury returned to Korea sans Howlers as commander of a special mission to cripple the food supplies of North Korea for that year. Landing along Korea Bay, the team headed for the dam at Dyongyang. The team got caught in the explosions and only three of the six-man team survived.

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Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos Annual #1
Writer: Stan Lee
Art: Dick Ayers
Colorist: Frankie Ray
Letterer:
Artie Simek

  • Continuity Notes
  • First post-WWII story to feature the Howling Commandos.
  • Establishes that Fury did not earn a promotion in rank until after WWII
  • Appearance by Skipper Savage and Happy Sam Sawyer

Following the first skirmishes along the 38th Parallel, the former Howling Commandos reenlist and join Nick Fury and Colonel "Happy" Sam Sawyer for a covert mission behind enemy lines. The target is the main MIG airbase. The commandos land ashore and battle their way to the base, after which Sawyer slaps Fury with a long-deserving commission to Colonel.

Review
Like the Skipper says, it's home week in Korea with the Howlers suddenly back together again (being this is the first annual, it pretty much kills any suspense as to whether any Howlers bite it before the war) and on a "special mission". Not much is made of the setting in Korea, the story and action could easily have been swapped for any other WWII story. The main thrust of the story is Fury getting his battlefield commision at story's end. The Vietnam issue to be honest makes for a better read.


The Fantastic Four (1) #21
Writer: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby
Colorist: George Bell
Letterer:
Art Simek

  • Continuity Notes
  • First post-WWII story to feature Fury, establishing him as a CIA agent.
  • Mention is made of Sgt. Fury #3, which featured Reed Richards.
  • Rare post WWII story with Fury sans his trademark eye patch
  • Fury would face off against the Hate-Monger in future issues of his own title and Captain America

Tracking down the Hate-Monger in the South American country of San Gusto, Nick Fury comes to seek aid from the Fantastic Four. Upon arriving at their headquarters, Fury finds that they are already under the influence of the Hate-Ray, and he decides to use this fact to his advantage.

Review
Classic story with a great ending. The lead-up to the Fantastic Four getting involved makes for a good piece of storytelling; showing the FF's daily lives interrupted by The Thing's antics to let off steam after reading about the Hate-Monger. The opening perfectly illustrates the Lee/Kirby team's genius for Silver Age comic book storytelling. Fury eventually gets involved and his manipulation of the rest of the FF to join Reed makes for an interesting foreshadowing of the type of character he would eventually become. Lee writes Fury a bit more polished but still a scrapper. Fury's liasoning with the FF to tackle the Hate-Monger really sets the template for what Fury would become in the Marvel universe; the average guy who has strong ties with the super-hero community and is capable of calling in the occasional favor.

Marvel: The Lost Generation #10 (3 of 12)
Fury is sent to investigate the Carmody Institute where he finds a nascent team of super-powered heroes known as The Front Line. Following an attack on the base, Fury slips out and reports back to Langley regarding their activities.

 



Avengers: 1959 #1-5
Writer/Artist: Howard Chaykin
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher

  • Continuity Notes
  • Story follows the events revealed in New Avengers #7-13.
  • Future SHIELD agent, FBI agent Jimmy Woo led his own 'Avengers' in the late 50s as well, eventually becoming the Agents of Atlas. Namora was a member of both teams.
  • Appearence by Eric Koenig, and Dum Dum Dugan.

In the aftermath of a celebration of the completion of their last mission, Fury and his team are attacked one by one by a mysterious new Nazi menace. Fury is called in to Latveria where he finds links to the disappearance of the Wakandan emperor and the rise of an undead 4th Reich. Fury calls together his Avengers, together with the Blonde Phantom and face off against the remaining Nazi ranks and a traitor in the US government.

Review
Clearly reveling in the post-war/pre-FF days of the Marvel universe, Chaykin brings allot of sass and spunk to the character of Nick Fury in this tale. Calling John Wayne a 'draft-dodging chicken-hawk' is just one the great lines from the old Howler. The second issue has some great action with Fury and the Blonde Phantom taking on zombie Nazis in Latveria. The pairing of Blonde Phantom and Fury is great stuff and one wishes for more adventures with this couple. The mix of politics, spycraft and the black arts with the character of Sydeham and his ties to Dormammu ties in perfectly (whether intentional or not) with The Otherworld War. Howling Commando fans will certainly appreciate the return of The Planner from the Gerry Conway plotted Sgt. Fury #119 (apprently I'm not the only one waiting for this to happen) With 'classic' Fury being pushed out in favor of Fury Jr, this story makes a great buy for old time Fury fans.

   

Other Appearances set during this time


Before the Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm & Logan #1-2

Untold Tales of Spiderman #1

Wolverine: Flashback #1

 

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