Nicholas “Nick” Fury , better known as Nick Fury (also called Nick Fury or Captain Fury in many Spanish translations), is a fictional character that appears in American comics published by Marvel Comics . Created by writer / artist Jack Kirby and writer Stan Lee , Fury first appeared in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos # 1 (May 1963), a WWII fighting series, which portrays cigar-chewing Fury as the leader of an elite United States Army.

 The modern Nick Fury, initially a CIA agent , debuted a few months later in Fantastic Four # 21 (December 1963). In Strange Tales # 135 (August 1965), the character was transformed into a spy like James Bond and a lead agent for the fictional spy agency SHIELD. The character frequently appears in Marvel books as the former head of SHIELD and as an intermediary between the United States government or the United Nations and various superheroes. It is eventually revealed that Fury takes a special drug called Infinite Formula that stopped his aging and allows him to be active despite being almost a century old.

According to the comics, Nick Fury’s aging has been greatly slowed down by the Infinite Formula, a serum created by Dr. Berthold Sternberg. Fury was first inoculated with the serum in the 1940s. Fury took the serum annually for many years. Originally Fury had to take the formula annually or the effects would be the reverse, allowing his body to reach its true chronological age. Nick Fury is depicted as an active athletic man despite his advanced chronological age, although at times writers have portrayed him as being past his prime despite the Infinity Formula as in the Fury and Wolverine graphic novel.. From the “Original Sin” story arc, it is revealed that at some point the Infinity Formula stopped working for him and Fury has only intended to stop aging by using LMDS .

Fury’s injured left eye, although initially minimally affected by a grenade explosion during World War II, 58 over the decades resulted in a 95% loss of vision in this eye. Despite some observations to the contrary, Fury has not had the eye removed, nor bionically enhanced, and he simply covers it with a cosmetic eye patch to avoid depth perception distortion. He has explained that when he needs to dress up, he only has to remove his eye patch, put on a contact lens and darken his hair, as everyone is often looking for a man with only one eye.

 

FIRST APPEARANCES

 Created by writer/artist Jack Kirby and writer Stan Lee, he first appeared in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May 1963), a World War II combat series that portrayed the cigar-chomping man as leader of an elite U.S. Army unit.

POWER and ABILITIES

According to the comic books, Nick Fury’s aging has been slowed greatly by the Infinity Formula, a serum created by Dr. Berthold Sternberg. Fury was first inoculated with the serum in the 1940s. Fury took the serum annually for many years. Originally Fury had to take the formula annually or the effects would be reversed, allowing his body to reach its actual chronological age. Nick Fury is depicted as an active athletic man despite his advanced chronological age, though writers have sometimes portrayed Fury as being past his prime despite the Infinity Formula as in the Fury and Wolverine graphic novel. As of the “Original Sin” story arc, it is revealed that at some point the Infinity Formula stopped working for him and Fury has only pretended to stop aging by using LMDs.

ORIGIN STORY

Fury initially appeared in the World War II combat series Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, as the cigar-chomping NCO who led a racially and ethnically integrated elite unit. In Strange Tales #135 (Aug. 1965), Fury, now a colonel, became a James Bond-esque Cold War spy, with Marvel introducing the covert organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division) and its nemesis Hydra.

ENEMIES & ROGUES

Nick Fury’s primary rogues are Marvel paramilitary groups like HYDRA and Advanced Idea Mechanics.

ALLIES

United States Army Rangers, Howling Commandos, C.I.A., S.H.I.E.L.D., Great Wheel and Team White 

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