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Book Information:Cover Date: Jul 1964
Characters & Groups
- Howling Commandos
- Sgt. Fury
- "Dum Dum" DuganIsadore "Izzy" Cohen
- Dino Manelli
- Gabriel Jones
- Isadore "Izzy" Cohen
- Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton
- Robert "Rabel" Ralston
- "Happy Sam" Sawyer
- Dr. Zemo
- Dr. Schmidt
You have likely already read my review of Dr. Zemo’s first avenger appearances, but now we get to see him in a World War II setting, facing against the Howling Commandos. This appearance helps to even further join this series to the main marvel universe tales taking place in the other comics. But what business does the howling commandos have with Dr. Zemo? Quite simply, they have to set out to steal a death ray he invented for the Nazi’s.
This issue, also brings with it, the first appearance of Percival “Pinky” Pinkerton, a british solder who is assigned to the commando’s to fill the spot vacated by the death of “Junior” Juniper (that happened in Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #4).
Dick Ayers did a great job with this issue, and the war-time action sequences. But perhaps the panel I like the most is in the beginning with the commando’s bringing back prisoners. In this panel we have a high level of detail, from the wet ground, to solders in the background. It starts the story off right. From there, the artwork stays good, and helps maintain the tension as the hero’s go about their mission.
This story fits in well with what we have already seen, as well as helps to build the commandos in with the ‘modern’ universe. Taking place in a different time period can make the appearance of other characters tricky, but I feel it worked well for them in this issue.
As for Pinky, I find him to be an interesting character to add to the already diverse bunch. Up to now, the howling commando’s did a good job representing a cross-section of a diverse America. But Pinky adds a bit of the world to it, by brining a British solder into the fold.