Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (Vol. 1) #9

Credits:

Cover Date: August 1964

Cover Artist: Dick Ayers

“Mission: Capture Adolf Hitler!”

Writer: Stan Lee

Penciller: Dick Ayers

Inker: George Roussos (credited as George Bell)

What’s Going On?

The Howling Commandos are ordered to capture Adolf Hitler!

Details:

  • The Howling Commandos have been given their most important mission yet: to capture Adolf Hitler!

  • The Howlers’ plan is to walk into a Nazi rally and kidnap Hitler. Before they can get too far, Fury is recognized by Baron Strucker.

  • With the element of surprise lost, a fight ensues.

  • The fight didn’t go well, though. Dum-Dum, Dino, Gabriel, Percival, and Rebel were captured by the Nazis.

  • The remaining Howlers break into the Nazi headquarters and take Strucker hostage.

  • They use Strucker to get close to Hitler.

  • Hitler attends the execution of the captured Howlers. That is when Fury and his men strike, freeing the captured men and capturing Hitler!

  • Their ally in the European Underground sacrificed his life to ensure that the Howling Commandos escaped with Hitler.

  • The Howlers returned to base safely, but it turns out that they captured one of Hitler’s paid doubles, and not the Nazi leader himself.

Is It Good?

The mission is absolutely ridiculous, but it is the sort of ridiculous that this title does well. It’s kind of a fun issue, but the writing is awful. Phonetic dialogue, heavy-handed nationalism, and clumsy tough-guy talk take an otherwise silly story and make it a slog to read through.

Continuity:

  • Nick Fury and Pamela Hawley are still dating, and she is still insisting on him behaving like a gentleman. Pamela let appeared in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #6.

  • Baron Strucker last appeared in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #5.

Comics Are Goofy:

  • War makes you do crazy things. Like not killing Nazis.

  • If the Howling Commandos were planning to sneak into a Nazi rally, unobserved, to kidnap Hitler, maybe they should have left Gabe outside.

  • “You mean that walking into a Nazi rally didn’t work??? Now, I’m all out of ideas!”

  • Isn’t it spelled “führer”?

  • So this is what they used to do to indicate foreign languages. Huh. That’s…inelegant.

Well, That Aged Poorly:

  • This dialogue is awful. “Naow”?!?

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