The fifth issue of Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos gives Nick Fury his very own arch-enemy. The appearance of Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker makes the book really jump up as he adds that dash of personality to the enemy which had been so abundant among the Allies.
The Nazis have taken note of the the Howling Commandos and especially of their leader Nick Fury and think it would be in their best interests to sabotage his popularity. To that end the order Baron Strucker, a blue-blooded Nazi famous for his fighting prowess to tempt the American to his doom. Strucker does just that with a dramatic strafing run which drops an invitation for Nick to come fight him on an isolated Norwegian island. Fury is anxious to go,but his commander Captain Sam Sawyer firmly denies him permission. Fury disregards and goes to the meeting but is drugged and falls victim to Strucker in a sham sword fight which his filmed by Nazi propagandists.
Returned to London summarily in shame Fury is busted to private by a furious Sawyer and Dum Dum Dugan takes command of the Howlers.
Eventually the squad goes to fight Strucker and Fury is able to redeem himself and defeat the arrogant Nazi and get photos to prove it. He is grudingly returned to his leadership when Sawyer sees that the brass want Fury to have a high profile.
This story was reprinted for the first time in the second Sgt.Fury and Howling Commandos Annual.
More Lee and Kirby Commando action to come next week.