Here it is, my next big project. I'm not done with Batman, just planning to switch things up by alternating between the two.
I honestly wasn't sure what to call this thread. Really, my interest is in reading the old Sgt. Fury stories, but I can't ignore the Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. stories that will eventually be published concurrently with them (which, incidentally, I have read and love). So, while my primary interest isn't on Nick Fury himself, he is the common thread that ties all of this together.
Regarding the Sgt. Fury title (which will be the sole emphasis of this thread for quite some time), I'm fascinated by the idea of creating a war comic that depicts the actions of a war that was already in the distant past. I realize Sgt. Fury isn't the first comic to depict a WWII story after WWII was over (Star Spangled War Stories immediately comes to mind), but I wonder if it was the first comic to depict the ongoing adventures of a fixed cast of characters in a war that was already done.
At any rate, I could get into a lengthy explanation of the genesis of this comic, but there isn't anything I know in regard to that which Wikipedia can't tell you, so onto the comics themselves...
highlights of the run thus far
Sgt. Fury #1 - 1st appearance of Nick Fury, Happy Sam, and The Howling Commandos.
Sgt. Fury #2 - Kirby's strongest effort on the title. Tremendously fun action.
Sgt. Fury #3 - An otherwise weak issue featuring a World War II era Reed Richards working for US intelligence.
Fantastic Four #21 -- 1st appearance of Fury in modern day Marvel continuity
Sgt. Fury #4 - 1st appearance of Pam Hawley and the first of two major deaths in the title.
Sgt. Fury #5 - 1st appearance of Baron Von Strucker.
Sgt. Fury #6 - The Howlers face a biggot in their ranks. Pretty powerful.
Sgt. Fury #7 - 1st appearance of Bull McGiveney, partial origin of Nick Fury.
Sgt. Fury #8 - 1st appearance of Percival Pinkerton, 1st full appearance (along with Avengers #6 -- published in the same month) of Baron Zemo, and an all around incredibly strong issue.
Sgt. Fury #10 - 1st appearance of Captain Savage
Sgt. Fury #11 - An otherwise average issue that sheds some light on Happy Sam's past and the origins of Able Company.
Sgt. Fury #12 - Powerful issue in which the Howlers believe Dino has deserted under fire and are about to witness his execution while Fury, presumed dead, rots in a Nazi POW camp.
Sgt. Fury #13 -- Nick and Reb work alongside Captain America and Bucky. Good story.
Sgt. Fury #18 -- The second and more memorable of the two major deaths in this series. Exceptional artwork as well.
Strange Tales #135-141 -- Beginning of the Agent of SHIELD franchise. 1st appearance of SHIELD, HYDRA, and the SHIELD Heli-carrier. The first HYDRA arc. Incredibly imaginative and fun throughout.