Characters Appearing: Captain Savage, Dino Manelli, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabriel Jones, Izzy Cohen, Nick Fury, Percy Pinkerton, Reb Ralston, Sam 'Happy Sam' Sawyer
Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos annual #1
Issue(s): Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos annual #1
Having all of the Howlers appear here is the opposite of killing Junior Juniper is issue #4. It's saying that none of the cast can ever die in the main series.
Since the story was actually written in 1965 at the same time Stan was writing the main series, there's not much different here except that the enemies are Korean communists. We're still looking at non-lethal combat executed more by circus strongman antics and umbrellas than guns.
Gabriel Jones' horn playing is kept to a minimum...
...and Reb's lasso is thankfully absent, at least.
Fury gets a battlefield commission thanks to this mission, but Stan doesn't take the opportunity to promote him to Colonel.
The yet-to-be-named Captain Savage also appears in this issue, saying that he's also re-enlisted.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place during the Korean War.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: Essential Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos
This is not so much a jingoistic explanation for the war as a reference to the decision not to bomb the Communist sanctuaries in China and the decision to stop at the 38th parallel after the Chinese entered. (At the time, the decisions were quite controversial, even though they were taken to prevent the Korean War from developing into World War III and this is a (jingoistic) reference to them.)
Posted by: Michael | October 21, 2012 5:27 PM
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