Happy Sam Sawyer

Happy Sam Sawyer
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos #1 (May 1963)
Created by Stan Lee (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Samuel Sawyer
Team affiliations Howling Commandos
United States Army

General Samuel "Happy Sam" Sawyer is a fictional character in Marvel Comics Marvel Universe. His first appearance was in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1.[1]

Publication history

From 1963 to 1974, Samuel Sawyer appears in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1-22, 24-29, 31-36, 38-43, 45-48, 51-54, 57-61, 63, 65-67, 70, 72, 74, 77-79, 81, 83-84, 88, 92, 94, 96, 98, 102, 110, 114-117 and Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos Annual #1-4. In the same series, the character appears also in flashbacks in #44, 73, 75, 86 and 106.

In the same period, the character appears in other war comic books Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders #11 (1969), Combat Kelly and the Deadly Dozen #1-2 (1972), #6 and #8-9 (1973) and War Is Hell #8 (1973). Later in What If? #14 (1977), an alternate version of the character appears in What If... Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos Had Fought World War II In Outer Space?.

He appears also in Thor #233 (March–April, 1975), Invaders #40 (May 1979), Captain America #273-274 (September–October, 1982), Marvel Fanfare #10 (September, 1983), Marvel Comics Presents #77 (1991) Fury #1 (1994) and in a flashback with the Howling Commandos in Gambit vol. 3 #10 (1999).

The character has an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC vol. 6 (2008).

The character appears in issues #1-3, 7-8 of The Marvels Project (2009). Happy Sam appears with the Howling Commandos in Black Panther/Captain America: Flags Of Our Fathers #1-4 (2010), the adventure takes place during World War II.

Fictional character biography

Happy Sam Sawyer was assigned to the British Commandos by the U.S. Army. He trained in parachuting in Britain in 1940 by Finley's Flying circus that comprised daredevil parachutist Nick Fury and pilot Red Hargroves where they nicknamed him Happy Sam ironically, because of his deadly serious and consistently stony demeanor.[2] In 1942 Sawyer, who had been wounded in North Africa and was deemed unfit for combat missions, organised and led the Howling Commandos, Bull McGiveney's Maulers, Jim Morita's Nisei Squad, and Sgt Bob Jenkin's The Missouri Marauders as well as the Deadly Dozen. When artist John Severin joined Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos with issue #44, Severin drew Sawyer as being much older and balder than his original depiction as a young man.

In a Sgt Fury annual set in the Korean War, Sawyer was a Colonel, in another annual set in the Vietnam War, Sawyer was a full general.

In modern times, Baron Strucker created an LMD of Sawyer that attacked the original Howling Commandos as well as Captain America. Sawyer would sacrifice himself when the LMD detonated itself while trying to gain missile navigation override codes.[3]

In the wake of his death, a S.H.I.E.L.D. assault Helicarrier has been named in his honor in the mini-series Iron Man: Hypervelocity.[4] There is also a Samuel J. Sawyer Memorial Veterans Hospital.[5]

In other media



  1. Heritage Comics and Comic Art Auction #7027. Heritage Capital Corporation. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-59967-501-5. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  2. Blitzkrieg Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos #34
  3. Captain America #274
  4. Iron Man: Hypervelocity #3, May 2007
  5. Young Allies 70th anniversary Special
  6. Marvel.com (January 16, 2015). "DEBRIEFING MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER: THE IRON CEILING". Marvel. Retrieved January 16, 2015.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/24/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.