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Book Information:Cover Date: Sep 1963
Characters & Groups
- Howling Commandos
- Sgt. Fury
- "Junior" Juniper
- "Rebel" Ralston
- Cpl. "Dum-Dum" Dugan
- Dino Manelli
- Gabriel Jones
- Izzy Cohen
- Other Charicters
- Capt. "Happy Sam" Sawyer
- Major Richards (Pre Fantastic Four)
- Massacure Mountan
For today’s comic book review I read Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #3, and the story titled “Midnight On Massacre Mountain!“. As Comic Book Stories go, I feel comfortable before even diving into the details of my review to say that this issue is a classic.
for a short synopsis of the story, we have Sgt Fury, and his howling commandos sent on a mission to Italy, where they meet up with a member of the O.S.S, Major Richards. This Major fills them in on their mission, to help an US squad that is trapped on the far side of Massacre Mountain Escape. But can the Howling commandos get the message to them in time? the story may not go just as you would expect.
This comic book’s story seems to have all the elements required to pull the reader right into the pages. with each new panel, I can not help but feel that I am apart of the story and the action.
in the pages of this issue we get to see the commando’s not just though their own eyes and words, but though the eyes of other’s helping to fill in the gap and understanding of just who our hero’s are.
Issue after issue, Jack Kirby never fails to impress me, and that is even more so with the war stories told in the issues of Howling Commandos. Just picking a frame or two to show you how in-depth the action is, how rich the art is can not do it justice, you really should read the whole issue! Like many men and hero’s of his day, Jack served in World War II. he experienced it first hand, I feel that shows in his artwork.
I do feel it would not be much of a comic book review if I did not show you at least one panel that I feels expresses my point, but remember when combined with the whole of the story and artwork, this is just a small faction of what we are witnessing.
Originality & Continuity
I feel that this story, fits into and adds to the ongoing lore that is being built for Sgt. Fury and his howling commando’s. While each story is a feature upon itself at this point, they all help us understand the characters and the world better.
The Marvel Universe
Up until this issue, one could have separated these stories from the marvel universe completely though. But it is in these pages that our Seven war hero’s encounter there First Super Hero to be. It is in these pages that we get to meet a Reed Richards before the events of Fantastic Four.
I feel that this is key, as it is this short event that first places these stories squarely into what is the marvel universe. But just as importantly, it is done is such a way that fan’s of just this comic do not need to follow the Fantastic Four. it is also done without any fan-fair or promotional text on the cover to the guest within.
Characters & Development
Nick I feel sees a lot of development in the pages of this issue, and even more hinted at for the following issue. It is not much of a surprise as Sgt. Fury is the title star of the comic. but it is with this issue that we begin to see a soft side that Nick has for his men, and just how he thinks and feels about them.
It is also worth noting that in the pages of this volume you may see text saying just how Sgt. Fury feels about people in his future profession.
it is also interesting to see just how the howling commandos act and feel about Sgt. Fury, but a forthright response to that is not to be clearly seen in words in this issue, but that a look at the pages, and I think you will see it in the art.