Saturday, August 1, 2009

Inglorious Basterds Math

Inglorious Basterds Math

Lieutenant Aldo Raines


Major Reisman
Major Reisman from The Dirty Dozen


Sergeant Nick Fury
Sergeant Nick Fury of the Howling Commandos (as drawn by Dick Ayers)


Private Louis Kiyahani
Little Sure Shot of Easy Company aka Louis Kiyahani, Apache sniper


Scalphunter aka Brian Savage aka Ke-Woh-No-Tay ('He Who Is Less Than Human')

Admittedly Scalphunter was raised by Kiowa where Aldo Raines is part Apache.

Some might ask why Nick Fury rather than Frank Rock. The difference is that Nick Fury's unit was used primarily for behind the lines type missions (like the Basterds) while Rock and Easy Company only ended up behind the lines because the line collapsed leaving Easy Company behind. Fury also has a moral flexibility that Rock lacks. Fury's Howlers were heavily involved with Wild Bill Donavan's OSS (in one story Reed Richards is introduced as an OSS agent). The Basterds are clearly working for the OSS.

The biggest difference is that Sergeant Nick Fury was invented by Jack Kirby, the King of Comics and is clearly more of a comic fantasy compared to Robert Kanigher's Sergeant Rock and Easy Company. Not that Rock couldn't have fantastic adventures, but Rock never fought the Red Skull or Baron Strucker either. The Iron Major like Rock was a bit larger than life, but he wasn't building and deploying death rays like Strucker and the Red Skull either.

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