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Fury & His Howling Commandos #27
Fury & His
Howling Commandos #106,108
German defector who despised what the Nazi party had done to his homeland, Eric Koenig had been a member of the Hitler Youth and later joined the Luftwaffe only to be transferred from the air force and made an aide to a Nazi doctor.
Koenig defected and joined the Howlers after helping Fury escape from Berlin. Koenig was called to fill in for Dino Manelli after he was seriously injured and made an official Howler soon thereafter. It was also soon evident that his skills as an expert pilot served him well on the team and his German background allowed Koenig to play crucial roles during missions behind enemy lines. Koenig forged a firm friendship with the loyal team, always setting out to prove his worth to them, and especially to Nick Fury, who shared a special relationship with his sister, Ilsa.
After the war, Koenig joined the civil air service and became an airline pilot. For reasons unknown (possibly his citizenship status) Koenig was the only Howling Commando who did fight in the Korean War. However, years later, Koenig did join his Howling Commando compatriots on a volunteer mission in Vietnam.
followed his former commander into S.H.I.E.L.D.
Although not a part of the long established inner circle
of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Dum
Dum and Gabe Jones, Koenig nonetheless had earned Fury's
unwavering trust and quickly put his flying skill to work
as a Fury's personal pilot. Among his missions, Koenig flew
an attack mission against the island base of Centurius where
he aided Iron Man and Ulysses Bloodstone. Koenig also
flew on a mission with the newly inaugurated Femme Force
and Captain America. Later Koenig was once again reunited
with his Howler teammates
in a bid to rescue thier former commanding officer, General
a LMD of
Following the Skrull invasion, Koenig remained in the replacement agency for S.H.I.E.L.D. created by Norman Osborne, HAMMER, as a pilot. He served as a mole for the rouge Nick Fury and the mercenary group Howling Commandos, led by Dum Dum Dugan. Eric helped pilot one of the stolen helicarriers in missions against Hydra and Levithan, finally giving his life in battle against a Hydra battlion led by Gorgon.
|Actor Patton Oswalt played Eric Koenig and continues to play his brothers (or LMDs) Billy and Sam in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Koenig's assignment to the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. installations indicates he is trusted (or progammed) by Fury. Other than the name, there seems to be no connection between this Koenig and his comic book counterpart.|
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