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The Past Was Close Behind: “Say, I Didn’t Know Nick Fury Was Black?!”

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This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Peter Silvestro, who manages the Captain America Library (one of Julio Molina-Muscara’s array of Marvel character libraries), we take a look at an amusing comment by Quasar in a late 1970s issue of Captain America, twenty-five years before we got an actual black Nick Fury…

As I pointed out in yesterday’s Abandoned an’ Forsaked, one of the things that Roy Thomas did when he took over the writing duties on Captain America (before he had to give it up due to being forced to write way too many comics for Marvel at the time) was to write Falcon out of the title. Thomas wrote Falcon out in a real nice fashion.

In Captain America #217 (by Thomas, scripter Don Glut and artists John Buscema and Pablo Marcos), we meet SHIELD’s Super Agents…




So Cap then proceeds to kick their collective ass for the next few pages until Cap stops the fight and makes an announcement…



Falcon only had a short-lived tenure as the leader of the Super Agents (as the concept itself sort of floundered once Thomas left the book), but his tenure was long enough for us to get the following comment by Marvel Boy (now known as Quasar) towards the end of the issue…


Of course, 25 years later, we got an actual black Nick Fury in The Ultimates…




And more recently, the Marvel Universe gained a black Nick Fury, as well (the son of the Marvel Universe’s Nick Fury)…


So Quasar’s offhand comment was quite prescient!

Thanks again to Peter for the suggestion! If you have a suggestion for some other hilarious in hindsight comic book related item, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!