FW Team-Up: The Thing and Nick Fury

Siskoid and Ryan Daly's coverage of Marvel Two-in-One continues with issue #26 (April 1977) by Marv Wolfman, Ron Wilson and Pablo Marcos, starring Ben Grimm and Nick Fury - Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! We're starting on something of a straight run through to about a dozen issues here!

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16 responses to “FW Team-Up: The Thing and Nick Fury

  1. This is my idea for a team up nick fury teams up with pro wrestlers turned G.I joe members now on temporary assignment shield special agents Sgt slaughter and rowdy Roddy piper . as face hydra’s newest members Jake the snake Roberts and the iron sheik . Can nick fury handle this while also keeping cover as pro wrestling manger in the 80’s in a story titled snakes , spies and joes !!!

  2. Here’s a nick fury team up Nick teams up with Savage Dragon from image comics and they go on James Bond style adventure like from Russia with love .

      1. We are the same person when switch accounts on my phone from to my own i had to create new name for leaving reviews on podcasts and as have two emails I figured I use them here . I also use Rocky StarWind as my ring announcer for my fictional wrestling matches I do and also his figure photography guy . There’s youtube channel called oddity archive and it’s he has fictional characters as the main difference is I have a real brother who shows up on my channel.

        1. Ok. I don’t mind you switching accounts and using whichever you’re on at the time, but you’re kind of talking to yourself in some of these threads, switching within minutes to post something similar, etc… It’s confusing!

          1. In this case I was tryin to a bit of skit with my two characters like in old the shows how you would have mork and Robin Williams in the same scene and I had two different ideas at the same time so I gave it to Rocky to do .

          2. Wait, is this like Jack Kirby Thing talking to Jack Kirby Fury?! (Which I loved you pointing out in the episode.)

  3. Gentlemen,

    Love this podcast and the many others you produce. Your concern about Nick Fury smoking in the Helicarrier is unfounded. As an older comics fan I remember the golden days of air travel when there was no security or x-rays and you could meet your family right at the gate as they got off the plane. The other thing you could do is smoke on the airplane. Have you ever noticed the ashtrays built into the armrests? That’s why the No Smoking light is right next to the Seatbelt light. So, you could smoke in a sealed pressurized environment. Before they totally banned smoking on airplanes they did have a Smoking and Nonsmoking sections which is absolutely laughable.

    Travis Morgan

    1. Oh I remember! Man, smoking in closed quarters was really obnoxious though, don’t you think? We all smelled like ashtrays back then if we went at all in public, smokers and non-smokers both.

  4. Fun episode especially the ‘let’s go down, walk a while, then go up to get to helicarrier’.

    I haven’t collected much Fury in my days. But I did get that 90s Chaykin mini which was way too 90s. It felt like Chaykin was mailing it in and not his usual fare.

    And regarding the feedback, I covered those Manhunter JLA issues in 2020 when I did a deep dive into Mark Shaw during the post Event Leviathan days on the site.

  5. I LIke this better than the Marvel team up with DEATHLOK WHERE they absoutely try to confuse the reader as to “is this the future of regular basically DL REmbers “The 75 yankees but not all the heroes of 1975.
    IF Deathlock does’nt remember Spider-man why bother?
    as for team ups..well who has’nt NICK FURY TEAMED UP WITH?
    Oh man here we go! “Years before the Fantastic four Nick Fury goes to his shrink talking about aliens That shrink? Doctor druid. They stop the bad guys and Fury’s report is gets Reed Richards his funding!

  6. Since you mentioned the Ultimate Nick Fury, I recall his continuity being even weirder. There was an appearance by Fury in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, I think #14 featuring Black Widow, and he looked like classic Fury, not the Ultimates version. As far as I know, this was never explained. But that Team-Up series was supposed to be Bendis having fun expanding the Ultimate Universe introducing some characters, then another creator would come along and have a completely different take on the character. (See Ultimate Fantastic Four.) It just goes to show that even if you try to start fresh as a jumping on point for new readers, continuity problems can still happen.

    Anyway, this was a fun Silver Age romp, and since I was introduced to Fury in team-ups, I love seeing him paired with superheroes.

    That said, I do wonder about a Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos team-up with the Blackhawks. It seems like a natural. As for Col Fury the superspy, what if he got “recruited” by the Village for a one-time mission with Number 6? Oh they would not get along at all, and it could be wonderful!

  7. Fun discussion fellas. I was trying to think where I first encountered Nick Fury, and I think maybe a Marvel Team-Up, or possibly a Captain America? Seems like I saw more of Dum Dum Dugan relaying some kind of message from Fury than the man himself back then. Either way, he was in the DeMatteis/Zeck run on Captain America quite a bit, so by then, I was well acquainted with him. Like Tim said above, I never really thought about both Ben and Fury essentially being Jack Kirby. Oh, I’ve thought of Ben as Kirby, but not Fury. Kirby actually saw combat in World War II, so maybe that corellation is even more apt. Ben is the version of the Kirby who grew up on “Yancy Street” in Brooklyn, Fury is the Kirby who hardened on the battlefield. And like the King, they loved their cigars!

  8. This was an entertaining episode to listen to as the both of you poked some good natured fun at some of the silly aspects of this issue. “They insult each other for three pages!”

    We’re in that era of comics where every character in is ripped. Dum Dum is in his fifties and has more muscle definition than a Hemsworth. It’s not a knock, I’m a fan of Ron Wilson, and he is pretty much the official Thing artist.

    I feel like in the 70s, Marvel had a lot of comics that had these kind of ongoing storylines. The Defenders, Amazing Spider-Man, FF, Avengers, X-Men. They were always in these five and six issue overarching plots. For a kid in the 80s looking at back issues, these books were almost impregnable. Every issue I picked up looked like it was the middle of a story.

    I always read Fury like he was a version of Columbo. He had this gruff, street tough, unrefined way of talking. This weird 1950s slang that comes across uneducated, but underneath all that he was kind of playing chess and always a few steps ahead of people that underestimated him as just some grunt.

    But, he also would shoot at his own troops to motivate them…so…sometimes he wasn’t playing chess…he was just a psychopath.

  9. I was wondering if someone else would chime in with this, but it’s been two months, so here goes: If you aren’t a Bronze Age obsessive, you might want to track down the last year of Marvel Spotlight [vol. 1] to make sense of the choice of characters in this extra-long arc. The last three issues, especially, which feature Nick Fury, Spider-Woman and Deathlok. It’s important to remember that Marv Wolfman was primarily a horror writer until just a few years before this story. Yeah, he and Len Wein famously got their start working on Teen Titans in the ’60’s because they were nearly the same age as the characters, but until the mid-70’s most of Wolfman’s super-hero stories were fill-ins and even then they often had a supernatural angle (“The House That Haunted Batman”). That might be why he was editing the B&W magazines when he moved to Marvel in the early 70’s– so many of them were horror-oriented. When most of that line was cancelled in 1975 he was suddenly editing tons of color comics, many of them taken over from Wein. These included Marvel Spotlight and Marvel Premiere. The first thing he did was bring them back to their original purpose as Showcase-style try-out books so that each feature only lasted one or two issues. That enabled him to continue interrupted horror storylines from the B&W magazines and comics. It also provided him (and Archie Goodwin) with unaffiliated characters to populate the increasing number of team and team-up books of the mid-70’s. Ever wonder how Moon Knight wound up in a Defenders arc? Or how Hercules teamed with Ghost Rider in Champions? Follow the changes in edit credits.

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