Eric Koenig

Eric Koenig
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos vol. 1 #27 (February 1966)
Created by Stan Lee (writer)
Dick Ayers (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Eric Koenig
Team affiliations S.H.I.E.L.D.
Howling Commandos
Abilities Skilled pilot

Eric Koenig is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history

Eric Koenig's first appearance was in Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos vol. 1 #27 (February 1966), and he was created by Stan Lee and Dick Ayers.

The character subsequently appears in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #35-56 (October 1966-July 1968), Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders #1 (January 1968), Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #57-61 (August–December 1968), 63-67 (February–June 1969), Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders #11 (February 1969), Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #70-71 (September–October 1969), Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos Annual #4 (1968), Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #77-81 (April–November 1970), #83-84 (January–February 1971), #88 (June 1971), #90 (August 1971), #92 (October 1971), #94 (December 1971), Captain America #145-146 (January–February 1972), Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #96-97 (February–March 1972), #100 (July 1972), #106 (January 1973), #108 (March 1973), #110 (May 1973), #112 (September 1973), #114-117 (October 1973-January 1974), Captain America #188-190 (August–October 1975), Rampaging Hulk #4 (August 1977), Captain America #273-274 (September–October 1982), Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (July 1988), Marvel Comics Presents #77-79 (1991), Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #434 (October 1995).

Eric Koenig received an entry in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3 (2007).

Fictional character biography

Eric Koenig was a member of the original Howling Commandos and fought alongside the team during World War II. He was a pilot as well as a trainer and was a very Anti-Nazi German, as the Nazis killed his sister. He was the replacement of Dino Manelli, who was away on a special mission, and then replaced Izzy Cohen when he was a Prisoner of War. Upon Cohen’s return, Koenig stayed as a member of the team. After the war, Koenig was one of the Howlers that joined Nick Fury in forming S.H.I.E.L.D. A Life Model Decoy of Koenig appeared and was part of the Deltite affair, but destroyed itself after being captured and scanned by Tony Stark.[1]

When S.H.I.E.L.D. was decommissioned and its agents auto-transferred to the newly founded H.A.M.M.E.R. during the Dark Reign storyline, Eric remained with H.A.M.M.E.R. This was despite the fact that 1200 agents who were Fury loyalists (including Dum Dum Dugan and Gabriel Jones) resigned and formed the Howling Commandos PMC. It later transpired that he was working for them from within, and aided in a heist that saw the HCPMC (now owned by Fury) raid a number of H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarriers, and bolstering their ranks when over 3000 H.A.M.M.E.R. agents defected to their side.[2] He is later killed in a battle against HYDRA. Gabriel Jones is also one of the many S.H.I.E.L.D. fatalities along with Eric.[3]

In other media

Eric Koenig appears in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Providence", played by Patton Oswalt.[4][5] Reviewer Oliver Sava called Koenig "a breath of fresh air after all the tense events leading up to his appearance".[6] He is a helper at Nick Fury's secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base Providence. Eric Koenig has Phil Coulson keep private about the fact that Nick Fury is still alive. In the episode "The Only Light in the Darkness", Eric Koenig conducts lie-detector tests on Phil Coulson's team in order to see who can be trusted. He is murdered offscreen by Grant Ward and his body is found in a ventilation duct by Skye.[7] In the episode "Nothing Personal", Eric Koenig's body is found by Jemma Simmons, who confirms Eric Koenig's cause of death.

Oswalt returned in the season finale "Beginning of the End"[8] as Eric's twin brother Billy Koenig, who oversees the S.H.I.E.L.D. secret base the Playground.[9]

In addition to appearing as Billy in the second season, Oswalt also portrays Eric and Billy's other brother Sam Koenig in the episode "...Ye Who Enter Here".[10] Sam helps Billy to protect Raina from Hydra agents until Skye, Melinda May, Lance Hunter, and Antoine Triplett arrive in Vancouver. When Triplett asks how many brothers they have, Billy and Sam say 13, although they then indicate that this is a joke. When Sam doesn't make an appearance for most of the mid-season finale, Billy jokes to Trip that Sam is "recharging his batteries"; however, Trip tells Billy he knows he is trying to mess with him.


  1. Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-3
  2. Secret Warriors #4-6
  3. Secret Warriors #19 (August 2010)
  4. "EXCLUSIVE: Patton Oswalt Enlists in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.". Marvel. March 20, 2014.
  5. Strom, Marc (March 29, 2014). "DECLASSIFYING MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: PROVIDENCE". Marvel. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  6. "Review: Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "Providence" · TV Club · The A.V. Club". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  7. Goldberg, Eric (April 22, 2014). "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "The Only Light in the Darkness" Review"". IGN. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  8. "DECLASSIFYING MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: BEGINNING OF THE END". Marvel. April 25, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  9. Goldberg, Eric (May 13, 2014). "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "Beginning of the End" Review". IGN. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  10. Abrams, Natalie (July 25, 2014). "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals New Characters, Carter Adds Captain Directors". TV Guide. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
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