Friday Funny Pages: Agent Of Badassery

I’m pretty sure Nick Fury has a check list for when he gets ready in the morning, and I believe it goes something like this:

Group of paramilitary badasses standing around looking like badasses – Check.

Badass guns and ammo littering every flat surface – Check.

Hand written notes from the president at the top of your badass to-do list – Check.

Top secret confidential documents casually strewn about the office because you have no worries since you’re a badass – Check.

A fresh cigar to clench between your teeth as you sock Baron Strucker in the jaw, like a badass – Check.

 

Yes friends here is yet another ad in my series of FFP comic book advertisements, this one is actually an ad for another comic.  Coming to us from 1988 this promotion for an upcoming (and now defunct) S.H.I.E.L.D. title really caught my eye (no pun intended).  I really like the use of the photography, but I find it kind of amusing that among all the realism of the ad there is a black and white drawing of Nick Fury and his agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  It perhaps would have worked better if they’d just left that part out, and had an eye patch laying on the table, maybe a cigar in an ash tray or something along those lines.  What do I know though?  I’m no marketing exec.

I’ve never read anything from this particular Nick Fury run but from what I understand this is the era where the Life Model Decoys (really good espionage robot impersonators, for all you uninitiated) really came into their own.  Of course LMDs had been a concept of the S.H.I.E.L.D. comics since the 1960’s but they seem to have really risen to prominence in this series where, from what I understand, just about everyone around Fury seemed to end up being a Life Model Decoy replacement at some point or another.  This type of story telling really shouldn’t be surprising coming from Bob Harras who was one of the executive editors on the Spider-Man Clone Saga storyline.  To be fair though those types of comic book arcs can be really interesting in retrospect when you look at the amount of storytelling that comes out of such projects.

Sure there were some Nick Fury retcons down the road to unravel the outcome of this particular series, but that retconning lead to the revival of Baron Strucker and a more powerful HYDRA and has brought about some really excellent and clever uses of LMDs in modern comics.  So sometimes writers try too hard, get too many hands in the pot, and stretch their storylines a little too far, but you know what?  For the most part it usually works out in the end.  Perhaps as it’s happening some writers may take some heat, but who knows?  Down the road they could be heralded for those same “mistakes” and become a catalyst for future comic book events.  You never know.

 

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Friday Funny Pages: Nick Fury’s Favorite Shirt

 

Christ!  This week has really flown by.  Yard work, cleaning up old toys, and dressing as a viking (don’t ask) have really made time fly as it were.  Here it is, Friday already and time for another Friday Funny Pages!  Todays panel comes to us all the way from the 1960’s and Strange Tales #151.  This was the first issue for a young up and coming comic book artist named Jim Steranko!  Based on layouts by Jack Kirby and written by Stan Lee this issue was of course destined for greatest.  Jim Steranko would later go on to take over both the drawing and writing credits for the book, making Nick Fury into what he is today (Samuel L. Jackson?).

When I was searching through my comics for fodder for this segment this particular panel made me chuckle.  Out of context you see Nick Fury waking up after apparently being captured by HYDRA, and the first thing that springs to mind is “I needed them clothes!”  Not the fact that he’s trapped, captured, and surrounded by bad guys.  Though I guess the security deposit on a tux is pretty astronomical.  That’s exactly why James Bond doesn’t rent his tuxedos.

Anyway, of course the real reason he needed his clothes was due to the fact that they were lined with SHIELD crafted spy gear to assist him on his mission and without them he was going to have to rely on his wits to see the mission through, that is if he ever makes it out of HYDRAS glass box of death!  Will he?  Won’t he?  You’ll have to read the issue to find you!

Till next time dear readers!

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