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The son of noted World War I pilot Jack Fury and an alleged descendant of one of the men who wore the Phantom Rider mask in the late nineteenth century, Nick Fury was born in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in the late 1910s. Following high school, Fury and his longtime friend Red Hargrove joined Finley's Flying Circus, a traveling air show. They both became excellent pilots and stuntmen. When Finley's Flying Circus came to England in 1940, Fury and Hargrove gave parachuting instructions to Lt. Sam Sawyer, an American soldier attached to the British Army. Sawyer recruited Red and Fury to rescue Abraham Eskrine from behind enemy lines. Weeks later, Sawyer was assigned to rescue a British spy in Holland, and he persuaded Fury and Hargrove to accompany him. Their plane was downed in Holland, where they met circus strongman Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan, who joined their rescue mission. In the end, all five safely returned to England. Inspired by the adventure, Dugan joined the British Army, and in early 1941 Fury and Hargrove returned to America to enlist in the U.S. Army.
eldest of three children Nicholas Joseph Fury grew up in Depression-era
New York City with his brother Jake and sister Dawn. Fury's
mother died while he was very young and his father Jack Fury,
an American pilot who joined the British war effort during
during World War I, remarried and the children were raised
by his stepmother in lieu of Jack Fury's own early death. It
wouldn't be until Nick Fury became a solider himself overseas
that he would learn of his father's military service. Living
in the tough streets of Hell's Kitchen, Fury soon became fast
friends with Red Hargrove, whom he helped keep out of trouble.
Fury himself, was no stranger to trouble, but more then often
confined it to the boxing ring where he would bout or in the
Police Athletic League where he became one of the finest marksman.
Fury and Hargrove joined Finley's Flying Circus, a traveling
air show, where they became excellent pilots and stuntmen.
When Finley's Flying Circus came to England in 1940, Fury and
Hargrove gave parachuting instructions to Lt. Sam Sawyer, an
American soldier attached to the British Army. Weeks later,
Sawyer was assigned to rescue a British spy in Holland, and
he persuaded Fury and Hargrove to accompany him. Their plane
was downed in Holland, where they met circus strongman Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan,
who joined their rescue mission. In the end, all five safely
returned to England. Inspired by the adventure, Dugan joined
the British Army, and Hargrove
was moved to say he would enlist and Fury said he would follow
him. However Fury didn't enlist until 1941, where he received
nine weeks of basic training at Fort Dix without Red Hargrove,
hoping to ride out the wave of unemployment in the States.
Eventually Fury reunited with Hargrove, both getting stationed
at Pearl Harbor.
World War II
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Fury is driven by the
death of Hargrove during the attack to join the U.S. Rangers,
and is eventually recruited by and reunited with Captain Sawyer
who assigns him command of the First Attack Squad; the Squad
members were made honorary commandos in the British army and
code named "the Howling Commandos," or "Howlers.".
A specially trained band of soldiers who undertook some of
the most dangerous missions of the war. Together with Dum Dum
Dugan as his second in command, Fury lead black jazz trumpeter
Gabe Jones, mechanical expert Izzy Cohen, actor Dino Manelli,
lasso-wielding Reb Ralston, eccentric British soldier Pinky
Pinkerton, German defector Eric Koenig and Ivey-League college
student Junior Juniper against the likes of The Red Skull,
Baron Zemo, and other Axis villains, fighting alongside such
war heroes as Captain America. As leader of the Howling Commandos,
Fury struck blow after blow against the Nazi and their allies
through missions that ranged from deep infiltration missions
behind enemy lines to undercover work and even some home front
was during the war that Fury first crossed paths with his most
dangerous foe, Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker. Strucker's humiliating
defeats at the hands of Fury would drive Strucker to devote
a lifetime seeking revenge. Among the formative events during
this period of his life include the friendships made with Dum
Dugan and Gabe Jones (both of whom would follow him into SHIELD)
and a near fatal injury that would eventually cost him the
use of his right eye. Also during the war, Fury met Lady Pamela
Hawley, who would become his first (and some say only true)
love. Tragically she died before Fury was able to propose marriage
to her. Months later, when Fury was home on leave, his brother
Jake, jealous of Nick's fame, was abducted by the Nazi Colonel
Klaue. Nick freed Jake but was captured himself, and Jake helped
the Howlers rescue Nick. Following these events, Jake enlisted
in the army; he soon regretted his choice, and his resentment
of Nick grew.
The end of the war brought many changes to Fury's life, foremost among them the revelation that his life was to extend far further then he had ever expected. On a mission in France near the end of the war, Fury was inoculated with the "Infinity Formula" by Professor Berthold Sternberg following a potentially fatal injury. Endowed with a process which granted him a substantially slower aging process, Fury was thrust with a double edged sword; although his life was saved, the consequences of the Infinity Formula would haunt him throughout his life as he would see many friends age and die, as well as become the target of various villains seeking his secret. Dr. Sternberg himself was not immune to taking advantage of Fury's delicate situation, basically holding Fury's life for ransom starting in 1946, every year through 1976 by charging Fury a high fee for more of the serum.
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. When the war finally ended in
August 1945, Fury led the Howlers on European "mop-up" missions
against remaining Axis operatives. It was during this period
that the Howlers shut down the death camp laboratories of Nathaniel
Essex, aka Mister Sinister. Sgt.. Fury was reassigned and
left his war time comrades behind in France, heading for Okinawa.
His skills were quickly put to use with the growing intelligence
community. The Office of Strategic Services had recognized
Fury's potential during the war, using him for a few missions
into German occupied France. When the O.S.S. disbanded in 1947,
Fury was reassigned to Army Intelligence and eventually saw
action in the Korean War, which began in 1950; at some point,
Fury re-formed some of the Howling Commandos, who re-enlisted
for a special mission to blow up a missile base behind enemy
lines. At the successful close of this mission, Fury was promoted
to second lieutenant and soon afterward officially recruited
by Colonel Tom Lynaugh and flown to Langley where he began
training as an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, serving
through till his appointment into S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Early Years
1963 Fury was contacted by the Board of Directors of the newly
organized international espionage organization S.H.I.E.L.D.
(Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement
Division) and offered directorship by Tony Stark [An alternate
theory adds that the Deltite LMD manipulated events so that
Fury would be chosen]. Fury
recruited Dum-Dum Dugan, who became his second-in-command,
as well as Gabe Jones and Eric Koenig. Fury led S.H.I.E.L.D.
against Hydra, A.I.M., the Druid, and other terrorists; never
one to risk subordinates' lives on jobs he could do himself,
Fury continued to act as a field agent. His right-hand man
was Jasper Sitwell, a loyal administrator whose dedication
to the rules irked Fury almost as much as it grounded him,
while much of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s developing technology was overseen
by Sidney "the Gaffer" Levine, a brilliant inventor
and, like Fury, a veteran of a wartime unit, in his case the
high-tech Skywolves. During his early clashes with Hydra, Fury
fell in love with Laura Brown, daughter of the organization's
supposed leader, the Imperial Hydra; when the Imperial Hydra
was slain in one clash, Fury believed Hydra was on its last
legs, but its creed of "cut off one arm and another shall
take its place" would soon prove itself true. When Fury's
relationship with Brown ended, he began romancing fellow agent
Contessa Valentina de Fontaine.
After the final strike against HYDRA, S.H.I.E.L.D. grew to a vast international network the likes of which not even Fury could personally oversee entirely. Thus in 1988 the Deltite Affair erupted which brought an end to S.H.I.E.L.D. and sent Fury into self-imposed exile.
A year later, events engineered by both the late Von Strucker and the Yellow Claw, brought Fury back out of his exile and thus a second S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) was commissioned under a United Nations charter with Fury once again as its director. This incarnation of S.H.I.E.L.D. struggled to gain its footing with resentment from other espionage agencies and the task of assembling enough resources and manpower to combat the growing international threats.
One of these threats was once again HYDRA, lead by a resurrected Von Strucker whose plans to cripple the first S.H.I.E.L.D. were successful enough to allow a HYDRA retaliation against the new, but weaker agency. The attack leveled S.H.I.E.L.D. Central, killed 1,500 agents, and left Fury bitter and vindictive. Eventually Fury managed to defeat and seemingly kill Von Strucker, but the Baron managed to escape yet again.
The "Death" & Return
of Nick Fury
Von Strucker seemingly gone at last, Fury still did not feel
a whole man and his disillusionment with S.H.I.E.L.D. continued.
Fury found himself siding against his friends more and more,
including Captain America during the Genosian Crisis and being
used as a pawn to collect "rogue" elements like Cable and Ghost
Rider for subversive within the government. Worse still
was having to hunt his own son, Mikel, who once again donned
his Scorpio identity to fight in a civil war in Carpassia.
As the 1990's and his fourth decade as director drew to a close, Fury had Tony Stark construct a "perfect" L.M.D. (perhaps based on the Deltite LMD) which took Fury's place while he investigated a message from the former director. His investigations took him once again to the lower levels of what was once SHIELD Central, finding himself caught in a trap that housed Fury in a pocket dimension. In a stroke of luck, the use of the LMD Fury coincided with an attempt on Fury's life by Spook, a subversive seeking control of SHIELD. This resulted in a brainwashed Punisher bringing about the "death" of Nick Fury for all the world to see.
back from the pocket dimension by former agent Sharon Carter,
the real Nick Fury once again attempted to set SHIELD straight;
uncovering an unauthorized NEMESIS project by EXTECHOP and
later taking a short leave of absence from the directorship
to investigate the disappearance of agent David Ferrari. Fury
tried to take charge of an agency that had once again grown
too large for any one person to handle with a series of threats
both within and outside the agency. Perhaps the greatest threat
to SHIELD came with the hijacking of the helicarrier by the
Red Skull, leading to a near year long hunt for the craft,
which culminated in a battle with a new Hate-Monger and the
The breakup of the Avengers superhero group and the breakdown of the Scarlet Witch ushered in a darker times for the Marvel world, including Nick Fury. 2005 proved to be a watershed year as Fury found himself facing the events labeled 'Secret War', a retribution against heroes such as Captain America, Wolverine and Spiderman for a covert attack on Latveria against its then ruler who was supplying technology to super-villains in the United States. The fallout of those events coupled with his siding against strong pressure from above with heroes like Captain America and Black Widow left Fury no choice but to flee S.H.I.E.L.D. and go underground. With a possible growing corruption at the heart of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the hero community polarized over S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new Superhero Registration Act, Nick Fury became a ghost in a more uncertain world. Allying himself with the so-called 'Secret Avengers' working in opposition against Iron Man's initiative for superhuman registration, Fury provided resources to Captain America including the use of former S.H.I.E.L.D. bunkers and technology.
In the wake of Captain America's death, Fury continues to pursue his own agenda; keeping tabs on Lukin/Red Skull and providing assistance to heroes operating underground in the new era of registration. Fury's maintains contact with his 'agents', including former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter and Winter Solider through a network of clandestine communication and keeps tabs on the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D. via a Life Model Decoy of himself that he uses to spy on his old organization.
During his AWOL from S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury was nearly killed by a Skrull imposter of Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine, tipping him off to the impending Skrull invasion. Fury warned deputy director Maria Hill to trust no one. Fury then set into motion a plan to fight the invasion using his secret files of super-heroes whose existence no one knew about. Employing agent Daisy Johnson (whom he recruited during his 'Secret War'),he trained this young team in time to send them out into the Skrull blitz and rescue several Initiative heroes. Fury also used Deadpool to gain intelligence on the Skrull Queen, revealed to have been Spider-Woman, one of Fury's sleeper agents.
Following the failed Skrull invasion, Fury continues to operate as an underground force with his team of 'Secret Warriors' and with the Howling Commandos mercenary group headed by Dum Dum Dugan.
Last Updated 8/07/2011