Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #10
Issue(s): Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #10
Part of the mission involves dressing Dino Manelli up like a Japanese man and covering his mouth with a bandage to make up for the fact that he doesn't speak Japanese.
The mission goal is another Parker who i briefly wondered if he was the father of Peter (he wasn't). Fury knows Colonel Phil "Pillbox" Parker from, erm, the Battle of the Bulge.
That threw me for a loop. The Battle of the Bulge ran from December 1944 - January 1945, pretty late in the war. And the suggestion here is that Fury served under Parker prior to becoming a Howler, meaning that all of the issues we've read so far take place fairly late in World War II. But that's contradicted by issue #1's plot, which revolved around a French resistance officer that had information about D-Day (which was June 6th, 1944), and later stories in this series that also take place prior to D-Day. One possibility is that these Sgt. Fury stories weren't published in strict chronological order, but i'm not going down that rabbit hole. So i'll just assume that Fury is talking about a different "Bulge" here (and i don't wanna know about it).
Also looking at that scan above, Fury sure looked like Jack Kirby sometimes, huh? Even when Kirby wasn't drawing him.
The Commandos are helped out by an unnamed submarine skipper who will become a minor recurring character in this series and eventually become the titular character of Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders.
The, erm, leprechaun behind him might be an early appearance of his right-hand man who is named - and i am not making this up - Blarney Stone. It also might be Stan Lee (see here or i am just seeing things today).
Continued crazy fun that you can't take too seriously.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: See above regarding the Battle of the Bulge reference. I'm just placing this sequentially for the Sgt. Fury series and not trying to tie these issues too closely to actual WWII events.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: Essential Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos
Inbound References (1): showBlarney Stone, Captain Savage, Dino Manelli, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabriel Jones, Izzy Cohen, Nick Fury, Pamela Hawley, Percy Pinkerton, Reb Ralston, Sam 'Happy Sam' Sawyer
The leprechaun guy was actually called Roy "Blarney" Stone.
Dave Cockrum has a letter here.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 29, 2013 4:12 PM
It was reported in Yancy Street Gazette #13(9/67) that Capt. Savage's book's initial title was "Lt. Savage and the Lightning Squad".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 5, 2014 5:43 PM
Another anachronism. Marlon Brando definitely wasn't known during WWII.
Posted by: The Small Lebowski | January 5, 2018 3:14 PM
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