Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #1
Be on the frontline or in the trenches with Nick Fury’s elite squad of the Howling Commandos! The Resistance against the Nazis is now in France- will a young woman turn the tide for the Commandos? Following the earliest, legendary adventures of Nick Fury, war hero! (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Writer: Stan Lee
Illustrator: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Published: May 10, 1963
Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #1 introduces Sgt. Fury and his group of misfit soldiers. I am not sure if this comic is called Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #1 or Sgt. Fury (1963) #1. The cover says the first one while Marvel.com says the second.
This was a hard issue for me. I didn’t really enjoy it. The graphics were really cool to look at and the story was action-packed and funny in all the right places, but it still wasn’t my cup of tea. I am not a huge war-story lover. I love the superhero stories, but war stories aren’t my thing.
As someone coming from the MCU movies, I had a lot of preconceived ideas about Fury and the Howling Commandos. This comic pretty much tossed all of them out the window. This was the hardest comic for me to get into and let go of everything I thought I knew.
I also had a really hard time keeping all the commandos straight. We were introduced to them right off the bat with a two page spread, but as I read the story I had a really hard time figuring out who was talking.
I might give this series another issue or two to see if I can learn to love it, but I don’t see myself continuing with this storyline.