Marvel Two-In-One #77 (1981)
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Ron Wilson
Inkers: Chic Stone
Letterer: Michael Higgins
Colorist:
George Roussos
  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Dino Manelli, Reb Ralston, Gabe Jones, Izzy Cohen, and Percy Pinkerton.
  • Various sources have retconned this into a war other then WWII, such as Korea or some other unnamed conflict.
  • Reprinted in The Adventures of the Thing #4 .

In an extended flashback, the Thing remembers a mission behind enemy lines in World War II with the Howling Commandos.

Review:
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Dr. Strange (1) #50-51 (1982)
Writer: Roger Stern
Penciler: Marshall Rogers
Inkers: Terry Austin
Letterer: Jim Novak
Colorist: Marshall Rogers

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Dino Manelli, Reb Ralston, Gabe Jones, Izzey Cohen, and Lady Pamela Hawley
  • With no Juniper or Pinkerton present, this adventure takes place between Sgt. Fury #5 and 7
  • Everyone's memory is wiped following this adventure, akin to The Otherworld War.
  • Dr. Strange and Nick Fury both headlined the last issues of Strange Tales.

Nick Fury, Lady Pamela Hawley and Dum Dum Dugan meet a time displaced Morgana Blessing and Dr. Strange is soon to her rescue. Strange uncovers a plot by Baron Mordo and his minions Baskerville and Krowler who kidnap both Hawley and Blessing and Strange and the Howlers cross paths in a rescue of them.

Review:
About a year following their final issue, the Howlers return for a guest-shot in the first of many supernatural adventures the team would feature in. The first original story featuring the Howlers in some years, Stern makes excellent use of the cast of the early Howler stories. Stern captures very well both the friendship forged under fire between Dugan and Fury, and the romance between Hawley and Fury. The touches of humor evoke the fun atmosphere of the best Howler adventures, right down to the typical pub brawl that featured in so many stories. The art, as becoming a Dr. Strange story, is on the trippy side, however sometimes it borders on being too comical.

As the first to mix supernatural goings-on with the Howlers, this story stands out as one of the best. It should be noted, as of this writing (2005), the majority of appearances by the Howling Commandos after their title ended have in fact mirrored this very story. The world of Dr. Strange would again feature in The Otherworld War, and just about every appearance outside of a Captain America comic feature the Howlers going up against vampires, aliens, or other supernatural foes.

 

Captain America Annual #9(1990)
Writer: Randall Frenz
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inkers: Mike DeCarlo
Letterer: Diana Albers
Colorist: Evelyn Steins


  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Dino Manelli, Reb Ralston, Gabe Jones, Izzey Cohen, Eric Koenig, and Percy Pinkerton.

April, 1944 and the Howlers are assigned to free Howard Stark from the clutches of the Red Skull. Parachuting behind enemy lines, the Howlers run into hostile enemy fire, but are soon joined by Captain America and Bucky. After a streak of bad combat luck for Ralston, its up to him and Bucky to lead the rescue for Stark.

Review:
A rarity even in the Sgt Fury title itself, this spotlight on Rebel Ralston makes for a very good read. Reb's fear that he is losing his nerve fits right in with many of the self doubts the Howlers experienced throughout the series and it makes one consider the psychology of the trademark Howler battle humor more closely. Pairing up Reb with Bucky helps highlight the youth of some of the Howlers, a fact sometimes forgotten. The rest of the Howlers are not ignored, with just about everyone getting in a good quip, although Fury comes off rather more asshole then usual, but nothing OTT. The use of the Red Skull as the villain makes one wish he had made more then one appearance in the old title. The modern-day bookends with the assassination recall Sgt Fury #100, but for a genuine Sgt Fury war action story, I'll put up with it. A must own for Reb fans.

 

Marvel Comics Presents #77-79 "Romanian Rumble"(1991)
Writer: Doug Murray
Penciler: Tom Lyle
Inkers: Joe Roinstein
Letterer: Mike Heslier
Colorist: Steve Mattisson
Back Cover Artist #79: Mike Mingola
Back Cover Artist #78: Al Milgrom

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Dino Manelli, Reb Ralston, Gabe Jones, Percy Pinkerton, Eric Koenig and Izzey Cohen and Happy Sam.
  • Pinkerton has some undisclosed relationship with the Van Helsing family and his father knew Abraham Stoker
  • As Dino and Eric are both present on the team, this adventure must take place at some point after Sgt. Fury #41

The Howlers are sent into Eastern Europe to help demolish an Nazi oil field, and cross paths with a local count who offers to aid the team if they free his people. Dino and Percy are wary of the count, and soon learn the man's true identity; none other then Count Dracula!

Review:
Not fit to have the Howlers just fight Nazis, scribe Doug Murray throws in some supernatural menace with Count Dracula, making this story a double comeback of sorts. Murray avoids the temptation to make Fury and Dum Dum the star players, and actually gives Percy a nice spotlight, including a face off with Dracula (although the coincidence of Percy knowing Van Helsing is a bit of a stretch) The decision by Fury to ally with Dracula is interesting and made believable. Not exactly a typical Howling Commando story, but not bad either.

With noting is a slight error on the writer's part; at one point Fury mentions to Dracula that they are only seven of them, but in fact there is a full compliment of eight Howlers in this story. 

with thanks to Rodrigo Baeza

 

Captain America (3) #20-21 "Bloodlines" (1999)
Writer: Bill Rosemann
Art: Vince Evans

Letterer: Todd Klein

  • Continuity Notes
    Appearances by Dum Dum, Reb Ralston, Gabe Jones, and Izzey Cohen
Searching for a notorious Nazi officer named Baron Blood, the Howlers are knocked out by a mysterious gas. When Fury awakens, he finds himself prisoner of the Baron, who offers him a chance to lead his undead army by becoming one of his kind, a vampire..
Review:
The Howlers cross paths with a vampire...hmm, I wonder where I've seen this before? An otherwise average story enhanced by Vince Evans' painted art which makes the most outstanding case for Kurt Russell as Nick Fury. Although this time the vamp is the villain, Baron Blood just doesn't hold a candle to Dracula. The story is presented actually as "Sgt Fury", as the Howlers barely cameo, and then its mostly Dum Dum. Bill Roseman's at least has a promising premise, but confining it to one room for most of the story is just plain boring. Although its nice to see Marvel breath life into the Howlers, this isn't the way to go. 

 

Gambit (2) #10
"Waiting for the Princess" (1999)
Writer: Fabain Niceiza
Pencils: Steve Skroce
Inker: Rob Hunter

Letterer: Richard Starkings

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Reb Ralston, Gabe Jones, and Percy Pinkerton
  • As the Howlers are unsurprised to find Von Strucker alive, its presumed this adventure takes place at some point prior to Sgt Fury #28-29
The Howling Commandos team up with Gambit's father to prevent Baron Von Strucker from claiming the "Momentary Princess", an extra dimensional jewel with temporal powers. Years later Gambit picks up the quest, going against the mutant children of Von Strucker Andrea and Andres.
Review:
A fairly extended cameo along with a WWI era Von Strucker makes this issue one to get for all the Howler fans. Save for Dino and Izzy, the rest of the Howlers get in some good panel time with some old-fashion slugging and shooting, that would make Lee & Kirby proud. The appearance of Von Strucker is great bonus and this story just adds to the mystique of this great Marvel villain. The guest shots by Von Strucker's twins for the modern-day portion is rather lackluster, but a nice bit of continuity. This one is well worth picking up. It would be nice if one day we'll see Gambit and a present day Fury go for the Princess one day. 

 


Far Flung in the Far East (1999- 2000)

EPISODE 1: VALLEY OF DEATH!
EPISODE 2: IN THE CLUTCHES OF THE MANDARIN!
EPISODE 3: THE VALLEY OF LOST SPIRITS! 
EPISODE 4: THE ROAD OF FROZEN HELLS!
EPISODE 5: FIREWORKS!
 

Continuity Notes
Appearances by Dum Dum, Dino Manelli, Reb Ralston, Gabe Jones, Percy Pinkerton and Izzey Cohen


Online adventure presented on Marvel.com

Chasing down a mysterious phenomenon in East Asia, Cap confronts the nefarious Mandarin! A certain Sergeant Fury is present and accounted for as well, but with allies like these.

Review:
Part of the original Marvel Zone.com, this ongoing web adventure running under the banner title of "The Secret Adventures of Captain America", featured numerous "firsts", including a new first meeting of Captain America and Sgt. Nick Fury; one that is decidedly different then the one featured in the pages of Sgt Fury. Much better then Marvel's other web comics, this one featured music and actors performing the parts and good animation (in spots).

Oddly the story seemed to take the stand that Nick Fury was somehow opposed to Captain America beforehand, seeing him as some kind of glorified piece of propaganda. This portrayal turned me off to what little I saw.

Sadly this story went unfinished.

 

Captain America/ Nick Fury: The Otherworld War (2001)
Writer: Peter Hogan
Art: Leonardo Manco
Colorist:Mariana Manco
Letterer: Johnathan Babcock

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Dino Manelli, Reb Ralston, Gabe Jones, Percy Pinkerton and Izzey Cohen
  • Guest appearances by Dr. Strange supporting cast characters; The Ancient, Clea and Dormanmu
  • Memories of this adventure are erased from the minds of Captain America, Bucky and the Howling Commandos
The Howlers are staking out a Nazi airstrip where the Red Skull is awaiting the arrival of a new weapon. Captain America and Bucky arrive and the Skull opens a dimensional doorway into the realm of Dormammo with a magical amulet stolen from Tibet. With help from the Ancient One, the Howlers jump dimensions to retrieve the amulet and prevent a interdimensional war.

Review:
Supernaturalism is the air again as the Howlers trip the light fantastic with Cap and Bucky. For starters, I am a huge Manco fan and so I LOVE the art in this book. Manco pencils the meanest looking Skull this side of Kubert. As per his style, there is a a grittier look to the story and the Howlers are sadly lacking most of their trademarks (especially Percy and Rebel) but it is more realistic. Once again, Izzey seems to get shortchanged, and Rebel and Percy get most of the lines since they can be distinguished without need of props.

Sticking to reviewing it as a Howlers story, again the emphasis in on Fury, although scribe Peter Hogan captures very well the Howler humor, best of all at the story's epilogue. Both in terms of art and story, this one proves to be the best Howlers story to come down the pipe in a long while, although I would still rather see the Howlers spotlighted in a war story that doesn't involve aliens, vampires, or anything supernatural.

 

Captain America: 65th Anniversary Special (2006)
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Javier Pulido & Marcus Martin
Colorists: Javier Rodriguiz
Letterer: Dave Landphear


  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Dino Manelli, and Gabe Jones plus two other unnamed Howlers
  • Its unclear at story's end who the mysterious baron in Eisendorf is; if it is Doom or someone Doom learned about.
The Howlers team up with Captain America and Bucky for a mission to stop the Red Skull from unleashing a new menacing 500-year old robot weapon from the town of Eisendorf.

Review:

Brubaker again proves he is an unfailingly great Marvel writer, crafting a solid WII actioner that would be right at home in the Silver Age. Despite its intriguing plot, the Howlers aside from Dugan and Fury and faceless and nameless figures, and that is a real shame. However Dugan gets some good panel time and the camaraderie between Fury and Bucky is fun. The art is not perfect, but the stylings do evoke something of Kirby. This is certainly recommended. 

 

 

Flashback Sequences and Cameos

 

The Howlers have also frequently appeared in a number of flashback sequences and small cameos, usually as background characters.

Avengers/Invaders: 10-11
Captain America (1):
383
Captain America (3): 32
Captain America-Sentinal of Liberty: 12
Fury: 1
Fury/Agent 13: 1-2
Invaders (1): 35
The Marvels Project: 8

Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD (2): 3-5, 11
The Twelve: 1
War Machine: 15-16
X-Men Forever: 7

El Sargento Furia
Like many comic book heroes (including DC's Blackhawks), The Howlers were published in Spanish, both in reprints of their American adventures and in original stories.

"It happens that in the early 70's La Prensa, the publisher of Mexican versions of the Marvel comics, started to publish adventures written and drawn by their Mexican staff. This is the case of The Blackhawks, Amazing Spider-man & Sgt Fury, among others. In the case of Sgt Fury starting with issue 105 which is a reprint, the original versions started to alternate with reprints and with the editions made in Mexico. 

Not counting the 18 issues of Captain Savage, if issue # 1 (Mexican) = #1 USA and issue #187 (Mexican) = issue #110 you can figure out how many were produced in Mexico. In fact, believe it or not, more than 400 issues and at least  ten Yearbooks were published in Mexico."

Ulises Mavridis

Much thanks to Ulises Mavridis and his own comic-book site featuring the history of Marvel and DC comics in Latin America.

THE HISTORY OF MEXICAN COMICS