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News Update Lurches Back From The Dead

Okay, I do what I can to keep myself from buying every single piece of Nick Fury merchandise I find, but keeping myself away from this stuff? Is going to be a trial. Infinity Formula Cologne, people. Infinity Formula cologne.

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After months of stellar reviews, it should be of little surprise that Jonathan Hickman's late lamented Secret Warriors earned a slot on The Gold Standard: Top 10 Marvel Books of 2011.

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Remember that time Nick Fury was a raygun-wielding space baby? Courtesy of iFanboy.com's Weekly Sketch Up.

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Speaking of The Avengers advertising, Marvel is bringing the social game Marvel: Avengers Alliance to Facebook. Will the chance to play my very own S.H.I.E.L.D. agent be enough to get me to log in occasionally? Time will tell, friends. Time will tell.

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Yes, this is really a thing.

Because Tumblr wasn't addicting enough, have a look at the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ: Memos from Fury.

The Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. movie makes for an unsurprising appearance on NerdBastard.com's The 10 Best of the Worst Comic to Screen Adaptations. It's with a similar lack of shock that I report Nick Fury earned a place on this list of Top Five Samuel L. Jackson Roles.

Okay, so this is a general article about Robert Kirkman's take on the recently released Avengers trailer, but I get a kick out of the fact the creator of one of my favourite comics right now is as psyched for Nick Fury's action sequences as the rest of us.

Neal Mcdonough, who played Dum Dum Dugan in the recent Captain America movie, has been gabbing about potential sequels. Sure, it's speculation, but it's cool.

You know what this trailer needs? More explosions.

In case you haven't seen it elsewhere, a certain movie trailer of relevance to our interests has finally been released: The Avengers.

On a related note, have you ever wished that Samuel L. Jackson would swear at you from the comfort of your own home? Because he's now posting on Twitter under @SamuelLJackson. It's probably a little late to hope for any behind-the-scenes Avengers stuff, but we'll see.

Oh, wow. It looks like someone at Cracked.com managed to get their hands on the first Marvel Swimsuit Special (lawsuit-baitingly titled Marvel Illustrated: The Swimsuit Issue) because a scan is included in their The 6 Most WTF Special Edition Comics Ever Released. Nick, baby, I love you and all but oh god, my eyes.

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Nick Fury: Hater of Shirts

Stumbled across this post that mentions Nick Fury's avoidance of shirts.

:D

News Update: The Revenge

Sure, it's shoddy quality (a scan from a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly), but this has to be shared: Photo of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury actually doing something. The gods be praised!

io9 included Nick Fury on their list of 10 Superheroes That You Didn't Know Had Superpowers. Their little blurb doesn't attribute his comparatively youthful appearance to anything in particular. Would a nod to the Infinity Serum have killed them?

EDIT: Hmm, looks like they've since revised their article. I still think it's silly, though.

CBR.com has posted preview pages for Howard Chaykin's upcoming Avengers 1959 #1. Looking good, man.

Because what's the world without rumors, a new teaser image suggests that Matt Fraction will be writing Fury as a member of the Defenders.

News Update 2: Electric Boogaloo

Josh Witsaman linked to a scan of an old ad for the 90's run of Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. The "While You Were Out" note from George Bush Sr. is kind of hilarious.

Comic Books Should Be Good at CBR.com has spent the month of September spotlighting Silver Age comic books. On Tuesday, they dipped into the Jim Steranko run of Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to highlight the 1968 issue Today Earth Died!

Comic book artist Mitch Breitweiser posted a Nick Fury drawing over at his Tumblr.

Haven't had a chance to listen to this yet, but it sounds like the podcast The Mighty Shield talks, at least a little bit, about Captain America's first appearance in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #13. Man, I love that issue.

And lastly, via Tumblr: Nick Fury doesn't need to catch them all. I think the word I'm looking for is "LOL."

News Update: A Rope of Sand

Wolverine: Debt of Death was released last week and, remembering the preview pages I posted here a few weeks back, I picked up a copy. Fury is understandably a supporting character (this is a Logan book, after all) but it’s a fantastic comic and one that I enthusiastically recommend. I could trot out a full review, but instead I’m going to leave the heavy lifting to the knowledgable folks at CBR. If you’re interested, PopMatters.com has a cerebral take on the story, too.

Meanwhile, CBR has been posting the results of their fan poll for the Top 50 Marvel Characters of 2011. Spoiler alert: Nick Fury ranked a respectable #28.

And now, a couple of hits from DeviantArt...

After the Credits by CarlHoward, in which Nick Fury tries to recruit Carrie Bradshaw for the Avengers Initiative.

Elvis and Nick Fury by phabiopio. Fury shakes hands with Elvis, because why the hell not.

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News Update: The Legend Continues

Here's a fun little post-Labour Day distraction: LawAndTheMultiverse.com talks whether or not S.H.I.E.L.D. should unionize.

Via Bleeding Cool: Garth Ennis talked about his Nick Fury title during the latest Panel Borders podcast. For the interested, he starts discussing his upcoming gritty Cold War tale at timecode is 47.31.

I think I've mentioned before that Jonathan Hickman's run on Ultimates has a lot to do with everyone's favourite super spy. Well, Slowpoke is slow, here are a couple of reviews of the first issue: MTV Geek and Comics Alliance. While we're at it, check out this cover for The Ultimates #4 to be released in November. So damn cool.

Marvel Comics has released an article on Howard Chaykin's upcoming Avengers 1959: Avengers: Furious Fifties. Be sure to check out the preview art, too.

News Update: Attack of the Killer News Update

Over at ComicBookMovie.com, a contributor has put together a fancast for a hypothetical Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD movie set during the late 1960s. The fancast doesn't break a lot of new ground, but there are a few solid ideas in there. For one thing, a movieverse take on Jake Fury would be pretty damn cool.

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Some gorgeous promotional artwork has been released for the upcoming Avengers movie comic book tie-in. This time, the whole team's on deck (literally -- this is the helicarrier we're talking about), though there's a Fury-centric image tucked in there as well. I have to admit, I'm liking the new uniform.

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FlavorWire.com recently posted In Defense of the New Spider-Man: 10 Great Superheroes of Color. Unsurprisingly, Ultimate Nick Fury is first on that list.

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Okay, so I don't know much about the upcoming Wolverine: Debt of Death, but these preview pages from iFanboy.com have me sold. I think iFanboy's blurb says it best: "Wolverine and Nick Fury do their thing and some giant robots don't stand a chance. Your eyes melt. You're cool with it." Sounds like a plan.

News Update: Son of News Update

I’ll give it to you straight -- as a new comic book fan, a fair chunk of Nick Fury's early appeal for me was the fact he didn't spend most of his career as hero dressed like a moron. Most of the time.

As such, I find it vaguely satisfying that Samuel L. Jackson just can’t stop laughing at his co-stars' costumes.

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Because the concept of porn movie parodies of my favourite superheroes will never not be hilarious, Captain America XXX: An Extreme Comixxx Parody shipped last week. I didn't exactly study the press release (surprise), but I have to assume that it was made by a different company than the previous films I've mentioned here. Why? Because of the title format and the fact that Nick Fury is played by someone else.

This is what you've reduced me to, people. I now recognize porn actors' names. Porn actors' names.

And as a final note, the comic book porn parody genre is now sufficiently large as to warrant their own category at the XRCA Awards, as hosted X-Rated Critics Association. They have awards for that sort of thing. Who knew?

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Jonathan Hickman gave a shout out to Ultimate Nick Fury in an interview about his new work on “Ultimates” and “Hawkeye”. He said, "Obviously, he's a different character, but a lot of similarities are still there. He's still a master planner, and he's still the smartest, trickiest bastard in the room. He's one of my favorite characters. I love that I'm getting to write him more.” For the rest, check out the article.

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For those of you who prefer your Nick Fury tiny and sort of adorable, Marvel has released a vignette featuring Super Hero Squad Nick Fury from Super Hero Squad Online.

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