Cover Date: October 1964
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Chic Stone
“The Crackdown of Capt. Flint!”
Plotters: Stan Lee, Dick Ayers
Scripter: Stan Lee
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: George Roussos (credited as George Bell)
What’s Going On?
The Howling Commandos are sent on their typically difficult mission, but they have an extra member in their troop: Captain Flint, a by-the-books hard-ass that hates when things are done unconventionally.
- The Howling Commandos and the rest of Able Company have a new, substitute Commanding Officer while Happy Sam Sawyer is away. The new CO, Captain Flint, is a hard-line, by-the-book type, and it is assumed that he and the Howlers will butt heads.
- To guarantee that they would have problems from the start, Fury’s rival, Bull McGiveney, encourages Fury to act like his normal (read: unprofessional) self.
- It worked! Fury and his men wind up on the CO’s shit list.
- Despite this, Captain Flint is instructed to give an important mission to the Howling Commandos. But, to make sure they behave according to the book, he is going to tag along!
- Doing things “by the book” means that the Howlers have to dress in the standard uniforms, and everything is polished to a shine. That might sound good on paper, but in a stealth mission, shiny things can grab the attention of snipers, and the Howlers know it.
- Sure enough, some Nazis notice the reflection of Flint’s polished rank insignia, and move toward the Commandos.
- When the Commandos are attacked, Captain Flint gets knocked out. This is all the excuse Nick Fury needs to give his squad permission to be themselves and kill some Nazis.
- When the Captain finally wakes up, he learns that Fury didn’t follow orders, and he threatens Fury with a court martial. Little does he know that the Howlers have been extremely successful with their mission, without his direction.
- After watching the Howlers in action, and watching them successfully complete their mission, Captain Flint learns an important lesson. The lesson? Be more like the Howling Commandos!
Is It Good?
It’s…fine? I like seeing Nick Fury encountering another character with a very strong (and opposing) personality. I thought the resolution of the plot was lazy, though. We don’t have an overdose of testosterone, and no overt racism, so…yeah, fine.
- This is the first appearance of Captain Flint.
- Sgt. Bull McGiveney last appeared in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #7.
- Apparently, Rebel Ralston’s signature hat (not pictured here) is a Confederate hat. That seems like something that shouldn’t be allowed.
- We learn a bit about Happy Sam Sawyer’s last this issue. Not surprisingly, he was a tough soldier in his youth.
Comics Are Goofy:
- Knowing that Nick Fury eventually gets an eyepatch makes me want to believe that this panel, with Fury’s wandering eye, was the inspiration for that. It’s not —- this is just an illustration mistake —- but I’d laugh if it was true.
- This book seems like an odd place for a sympathetic Hitler joke, doesn’t it?
- I didn’t realize that they allowed gargoyles into the army.
- Can a man with a Hitler ‘stache truly be against Fascism?
- Nick Fury’s super-power is growing a three day’s worth of stubble in a single panel.
Well, That Aged Poorly:
- Can Dum-Dum, just once, say something that isn’t related to a mission and doesn’t insult the women in his life?