Fury did injure his eye in World War II, but not in 1945, and not with The Twelve, or even the Howlers. We read the story, true believers, in Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos #27 (Feb 66) in "Fury Fights Alone!"
This one-shot served its purpose (to whet my appetite sufficiently for the conclusion of the limited series) well enough. Sometimes a series such as The Twelve can otherwise nondescript source material noteworthy. that's the case with me, anyway. Changing gears here, I think John Byrne had a good idea with his "Lost Generation" series, but he went about it the wrong way. Rather than inventing a whole new set of characters to fill the gap between 1945 and the time the FF took their historic flight ("ten years ago" or whenever it's supposed to be now), he should have used pre-existing Golden Age characters the way JMS did. I think under those circumstances, other writers and editors would have been more likely to use them. As it stands now, they're "John Byrne's characters" and the whole series is more or less a Mopee.
So, everyone gets all back together and MisterMind X-Acto is making ominous noises, and Mister E's wife has died and we see how the Blue Blade was killed by the robot just as he discovered A Big Secret and the Phantom Reporter also learns at least a part of the Big Secret but is knocked unconscious and DynamicTension Man goes to Rubber Bullet Day at the ballpark and the Fiery Mask confesses that he stole his powers and what will happen next?
I think what will happen next is I'll have to dig out and re-read the first eight issues of this to try and remember what the heck happened before this.
I am a HUGE fan of the LOST GEN, and I really, really wish Marvel was doing something with that now. I would love a "Tales of the Lost Gen" anthology...
Jeff of Earth-J said:
After I logged off last night I continued thinking and came to the conclusion that it was my use of the term "Mopee" which led to the cognitive disconnect. Most of the time (even on this board), whenever I see the term Mopee used it is a call to "reset" a particular story. But I used in the sense of a story that tried unsuccessfully to rewrite the past in a story that's universally ignored by fans and companies alike. I lament that fact in the case of Lost Gen, but "the whole series" remains, nevertheless, "more or less" a Mopee in that sense of the term.
At this point, though, enought time has passed that Marvel could conceivably sandwich in another "lost generation" of Golden Age heroes between 1945 and the beginning of the Lost Generation era. Not counting JMS's use of twelve GA Timely heroes, there are still plenty left whose '50s activities and ultimate fates have yet to be revealed.