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Marvel Masterworks: Sgt. Fury, Vol. 3 Hardcover – August 11, 2010
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It does! Totally entertaining, I fell right back into the dynamics of the individual Howlers. I'm docking a star for realism, but there's always been something about this comic that makes it a great read.
Kind of like how I grew up (in the '70's) on reruns of 60's TV shows, some neighborhood friends steered me to (60's) Sgt Fury when we first visited the local comic book store (The Comic Book Place of Bel Air, Maryland, for the record). I went on to buy half a dozen back issues or so, a couple of which are in this volume: "Fury Fights Alone" is the first one I ever bought.
Ok, so it's ridiculous how they escape again and again from certain execution....then again, if a group of guys DID manage a few such escapes, they could get some confidence/karmic mojo working. And the Nazis certainly weren't the buffoons the Howlers encounter them as....then again, if a group of guys WERE to be in regular hand to hand with the same enemy, of course their best shot at prevailing would be to cultivate a fearless confidence by diminishing the enemy's strength in their own minds.
Alright, I'm never gonna justify all the miraculous escapes and victories.....I'm just sayin'. If you were ever a fan, you'll still love 'em. They hold up as much as they ever did.
If you've never read 'em......all I can tell you is, I just read this from cover to cover and it ended too soon!
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos was reportedly launched to prove a point. Editor and writer Stan Lee maintained to publisher Martin Goodman that the newly devised "Marvel style" could be applied to any genre, not just superheroics. Goodman reportedly scoffed, "Even war books?"
Lee proved his point. Sgt. Fury was the "war mag for people who hate war mags!" It featured over the top action combined with heavy doses of characterization and a strong measure of soap opera style continuity. It also had lots of supporting characters and recurring villains also, staples of superhero books but almost unknown in war books. Each Howler (as the Commandos were known), although clearly based on common sterotypes (Irishman, Brooklynite, stiff upper lip Briton, etc), acquires greater depth as the series moves along. Lee's and later Roy Thomas' snappy dialog adds much real humor to the title.
What isn't here is any hint of a realistic portrayal of warfare. One could easily come away with the notion that war is just fun and games. The Howlers are rarely shown shooting the enemy but are usually engaging in fisticuffs. The problem is recognized though and we do have occasional deaths of supporting characters and depictions of Nazi brutality. There is also no clear concept of what the various combatants were actually capable of. Secret weapons abound and we have preposterous plots of German Me 109 fighters (and Ju 87 dive bombers) attacking bombers being ferried across the ocean.
The present volume is a little on the thin size (213 pages) for reasons that are not made clear. Possibly it is an attempt to hold the line on price. There are only 9 issues and 1 annual included. Noteworthy is the first appearance of future Howler Eric Koenig. The book also marks the handing over of the scripting chores from Lee to Thomas (in mid story). There is only an unused cover by penciller Dick Ayers as an extra but Roy Thomas delivers yet another highly detailed and enjoyable introduction.
Required reading for all Silver Age Marvel fans (which is no doubt why Fury is being Masterworked) but war book fans in general might have issues with the whole approach.
However,this series covers issues #24 to #32 and for good messure The special D DAY version is thrown in.WOW.
My two favorites are The Howlers Hit The Home Front.Fury and the boys go on furlough to 1940 WW2 America,they meet each others families,go to a jazz club,and also go to a USO show where they meet Bing Crosby,Bob Hope,Barry Fitzgerald,Groucho Marx,etc.I wonder why John Garfield,Humphrey Bogart,Deanna Durbin,Joe E Brown,Bette Davis,Errol Flynn,etc were not also there,Go Figure.Anyway getting on with the plot the boys discover a Nazi plot to find out about the Manhattan Project and its up to them to prevent Adolph from getting the A bomb.
Fury Fights Alone is good with the Sergent in the heart of Nazi occupied Europe and its up to him to save the day alone againt Fatso Goring and his rat pack.
This is a good trip down memory lane.Im enjoying it.Im sure you will too.