Sgt Fury & His Howling Commandos #100 "When a Howler Falls!" (1972)
Writer: Gary Freidrich
Penciler: Dick Ayers
Inker: Mike Esposito
Letterer: Artie Simek

During a Howling Commandos reunion sponsored by Stan Lee and Marvel Comics, white-supremacists make an assassination attempt on Senator Reb 'Rebel' Ralston. The Howlers jump into action and chase down the assassins through the streets of New York.   

  • Continuity Notes
  • First modern day appearance for all of the Howling Commandos except Eric Koenig.
  • Appearance by Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Stan Lee, Martin Goodman, and the creative team of the Sgt Fury title 

The fact that Fury's WWII title could reach this milestone but his S.H.I.E.L.D. title couldn't even make it past 15 original issues has always left me dumbfounded. An uneven tone is struck with the serious action of an assassination attempt to stop civil-rights legislation and the in-joke of Marvel Comics sponsoring the reunion. The plot suffers creditability when two low-brow gunmen can escape a room occupied by Captain America, the Fantastic Four and not to mention the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. himself.

If the story is sub-par, the art is only average at best. Ayers, with only the front cover leaving a good impression. Despite my complaints....I wouldn't give up my Dick Ayers autographed copy for the world!