Howling Commandos

The Howling Commandos is the name of several fictional groups in Marvel Comics.

Fictional team history

World War II

The first group of Howling Commandos was an elite special unit formed in World War II. The original team consisted of:

Occasional other members would join for an issue or two before being killed, transferred, or otherwise leaving (such as Fred Jones in issue #81). Also daringly for the time, the series killed Fury's girlfriend, British nurse Pamela Hawley, introduced in issue #4 and killed in a London air raid in #18.

Nick Fury's Howling Commandos

A second Howling Commandos team was introduced in the 2005 series, Nick Fury's Howling Commandos as a supernatural unit that works for S.H.I.E.L.D. Its members were:

Secret Invasion

Main article: Secret Warriors

A third group of "Commandos" are introduced in Mighty Avengers #13. After discovering the Skrull invasion, Nick Fury assembles a team made up of the offspring of various super heroes and villains. This team members are:

Dark Reign

In Secret Warriors #4 and #5 as seen during the Dark Reign storyline, it is revealed that 1200 S.H.I.E.L.D. agents refused to join H.A.M.M.E.R. following Norman Osborn's rise to power. Under the leadership of Dum Dum Dugan and Gabe Jones, they became a private military company which is hired by Nick Fury to fight against both HYDRA and H.A.M.M.E.R.

Black Ops version

A new incarnation of the Howling Commandos is ordered to apprehend the Punisher after he relocates to Los Angeles. The black ops version is led by Sidewinder and its members include Ruby Red, Myers, and Buzzkill.[1]

Phil Coulson's Howling Commandos

Phil Coulson later formed his version of the Howling Commandos to combat Dormammu's Mindless Plague. The team consists of Frankenstein's Monster, Man-Thing, N'Kantu, the Living Mummy, and Zombie.[2]

Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D

A new team of Howling Commandos codenamed S.T.A.K.E will star in a new series in the All-New All-Different Marvel led by the rebuilt LMD of Dum Dum Dugan and under the supervision of Warwolf. It consists of Jasper Sitwell's zombie form, Vampire by Night, Man-Thing, Manphibian, Orrgo, Teen Abomination, and Hit-Monkey.[3][4]

Other versions


In Garth Ennis' Fury and Fury: Peacemaker, the Howling Commandos were an OSS special operations unit created by Fury and modeled after the SAS. Most of the unit's lineup were wiped out following D-Day, and only Fury and two other members survived (one of whom is most likely Dum-Dum Dugan, who appears in Fury MAX).

Ultimate Marvel

In the Ultimate universe, Howling Commandos were a US Army Ranger unit, escorting an imprisoned Wolverine during the Gulf War. The convoy was attacked by the Iraqi Republican Guard, killing all but Fury. Dum-Dum Dugan appears in the present day, hinting that he was elsewhere at the time.

During the Ultimate X-Men comic, Nick Fury dispatches a special S.H.I.E.L.D. unit to protect the Triskelion from elements of the Academy of Tomorrow, who came to break out one of their own.

A new version of the Howling Commandos appeared in Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #20; S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Monica Chang grants Nick Fury and ex-HYDRA soldier Abigail Brand to take on the growing power of Hydra.[5]

The full team finally makes its debut during the Dark Ultimates' attack on Earth. Besides Nick Fury, Monica Chang and Abigail Brand, the roster consists of Punisher, Falcon, Stature, Dum Dum Dugan, Danny "The Ghost" Ketch, Emil "The Abomination" Blonsky, and Hercules[6]

Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos

During the Secret Wars storyline, a variation of the Howling Commandos resides in the Battleworld domain of Monster Metropolis which is located beneath the Kingdom of Manhattan. It consists of Frankenstein's Monster, Invisible Man, Man-Thing, Marcus the Centaur, N'Kantu the Living Mummy, and Werewolf by Night.[7]

In other media

Animated television

Marvel Cinematic Universe

See also


  1. Nathan Edmondson (w), Mitch Gerads (p), Mitch Gerads (i), Mitch Gerads (col), VC's Cory Petit (let), Jake Thomas (ed). "Memento Mori" The Punisher v9, #1 (5 February 2014), United States: Marvel Comics
  2. S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #6
  4. Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
  5. Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #20
  6. Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #27
  7. Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1
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