Characters Appearing: Dino Manelli, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabriel Jones, Hate Monger (Hitler), Izzy Cohen, Nick Fury, Percy Pinkerton, Reb Ralston
Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos annual #2
Issue(s): Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos annual #2
We had to do it! (Or you'd never have spoken to us again!) At last.. the most requested Howler saga of all!!
Tying in a story with a real historical event is a risky proposal, but it's not one that Marvel and especially this series ever shied away from. There is the chronological aspect, of course, which we've already seen is impossible to reconcile (although i am sticking with the idea that this is the real D-Day and not, say, Tunisian D-Day or something). And then there's the fact that you have a group of super-heroes (and let's face it, Fury and the Howlers are super by real life standards) who by the nature of the comic are going to be the heroes of the story...
...which either trivializes the efforts of the real people who contributed and leaves the protagonists mumbling about the "real heroes" at the end of the story...
...or invents a balancing super-villain force to negate the heroes' presence.
The story has the Commandos clearing the way for D-Day, sneaking on shore in their typical non-lethal way (even lariating and tranquilizing a dog rather than shooting it)...
...and then engaging in some Inglourious Basterds worthy shenanigans (sorry for making the same analogy i used in my review of issue #1, but it helps to use that over-the-top story as a reference point; if i assume these comics are deliberately ridiculous i can enjoy them more) to lure all the top ranking Germans in the area to a banquet in order to disrupt the chain of command.
Then they blow up the Luftwaffe.
They're briefly captured, but Hitler's fanaticism prevents the Colonel in charge of the capture from interrogating the prisoners and learning about D-Day.
The Commandos manage to escape and make it back to the front-line of the invading forces.
And Fury is the first soldier to get up the nerve to storm the beachfront.
From there it's several pages of all-out wartime action. Thomas and Ayers deliver exactly what you'd want out of an annual like this.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: D-Day (June 6th 1944). Since i don't intend to try to line up this story with other Sgt. Fury stories based on historical references (see the Comments section on issue #1 for more on that), i'm looking at placement based on internal references (like the reference to issue #21 below). I don't have most of the later Sgt. Fury stories, but the MCP places this between issues #72-73, meaning there's an incredible amount of action happening before D-Day. A quick cheat peek at those issues doesn't reveal any immediate reason for that placement, but i'll honor it. Another question is the placement of D-Day relative to the Invaders series and other significant Golden Age events, like the death of Captain America. I'm assuming somewhere, in some flashback panel, there's a scene with at least Cap, if not all the Invaders, running up the beaches of Normandy, so i'm placing this before Cap's death. Any additional help or thoughts would be appreciated; prior to getting into the Sgt. Fury series in detail i never really thought beyond the broad strokes of WWII for placement.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
What If 4, Captain America 625 and other issues make it clear that Cap "died" after Truman became President- i.e. in April of 1945.
Posted by: Michael | October 21, 2012 7:24 PM
And Sgt. Fury 51-52 are definitely taking place in 1943- issue 51 takes place at the Tehran Conference in late 1943 and issue 52 takes place at Treblinka, which closed in 1943.
Posted by: Michael | October 21, 2012 7:37 PM
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