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->''"Spawned in battle and tempered by danger, afraid of nothing that lives or breathes, hurling their thunderous war cry into the teeth of tyrants, here come '''Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos!'''"''
-->-- Stan Lee, Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos #1.

From legendary ComicBook duo StanLee and JackKirby, one of the most iconic American war comics. ''[[NickFury Sgt. Fury]] and his Howling Commandos'' followed a racially-integrated special operations squad of the US Army during WorldWarII, as they fought ThoseWackyNazis.

A war comic "in the Mighty [[MarvelComics Marvel]] Manner", the Howlers' missions were usually larger-than-life adventure stories, less realistic than, for instance, DC's ''Comicbook/SgtRock'' feature. The series run for 120 issues (May, 1963-July, 1974)

The Howlers eventually met up with many "modern" Marvel characters who were active in WWII, including CaptainAmerica, a young [[FantasticFour Reed Richards]] and Baron von Strucker, who was one of Fury's chief enemies both as a Wehrmacht officer and decades later as head of HYDRA. NickFury and many of the Howlers survived the war and became active in "modern" Marvel stories as well. Indeed, Dum-Dum Dugan even wound up leading S.H.I.E.L.D.'s anti-Franchise/{{Godzilla}} forces!

In the movie, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', these characters (minus Nick Fury) are merged in concept with Cap's World War II superhero group, The Invaders. Essentially it's the Howlers but includes Captain America, Bucky and James Montgomery Falsworth (who is the British superhero, Union Jack, in the comics and father of two Invaders, Spitfire and Union Jack II).
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!!Tropes used:

* AllGermansAreNazis: Eric Koenig subverts this, being a very anti-Nazi German, because the Nazis killed his sister.
* AnyoneCanDie: The series notably killed off a [[spoiler:Junior Juniper]] early on, as well as [[spoiler:Pamela Hawley, Fury]]'s love interest. Quite unheard of for its day.
* BadassCrew
* BlackViking: On at least one occasion, Gabe (along with the other Howlers) impersonated a German soldier. He appeared to have no greater or lesser difficulty pulling this off than any of the white Howlers.
* ButNotTooBlack: Gabe Jones suffered this early on.
* ClothingDamage: Fury almost never completes a mission with his jacket intact.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Izzy was Charles Bronson.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Pinkerton.
* CunningLinguist: Dino spoke Italian and German. Quite handy in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) of WWII.
* EvilCounterpart: During the war, Baron Von Strucker tried countering the Howlers by assembling his own commando unit with Germans who each shared a quirk of their enemies.
* FiveTokenBand: One of the trend setters, actually. You had Jewish Izzy Cohen, Black Gabe Jones, German Eric Koenig, British [[WordOfGay gay]] Pinky Pinkerton, Italian-American Dino Manelli and Irish-American Dum-Dum Dugan. There was also Nisei Jim Morita.
* InsertGrenadeHere
* ItsRainingMen: The Howlers made a combat jump once every other issue.
* NiceHat: A great many:
** Dugan had a [[DashinglyDapperDerby Bowler hat]] emblazoned with his Corporal's insignia.
** Pinkerton wore the tam-o-shanter of his original British Army regiment.
** Rebel wore a hat that shouldn't exist for another twenty years.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Howling Commandos were a squad and perfectly the proper size. The Ranger Company they belonged to, however, was actually platoon sized.
* PinPullingTeeth: Dino can even be seen doing it in the page illo.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: One issue had a bigoted replacement commando join their ranks temporarily, at which time he antagonized Dino, Izzy and Gabe, an Italian, Jewish and African American. Everyone acted like it was a very rare and backward view. Of course, since the comics were written at a time when this was true (the racism), YMMV on whether this is PoliticallyCorrectHistory on the part of the comic and/or the authors, or whether they were seriously trying to show that racism was stupid.
** Point is the n Howlers acted like they'd never met a racist person before.
* PsychoRangers: Baron Strucker and his Blitzkreig squad!
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Again, Pinkerton.
* {{Ranger}} The Howlers were American Rangers who were given honorary Status as British Commandos by Winston Churchill.
* RetiredBadass / HandicappedBadass: The Howlers' CO, Cpt. Happy Sam Sawyer.
* SergeantRock: Who else but NickFury?
* SouthernFriedPrivate: Robert "Rebel" Ralston.
* StupidJetpackHitler
* TheRival: Bull [=McGivenney=] and his Maulers.
* TheSquad
* ThoseWackyNazis
* TokenEnemyMinority: Morita, Koenig and Manelli.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Do not fuck with the effeminate Englishman with the Bumbershoot.
* WorldWarII
* WarIsGlorious
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