Miss Fury Comics (1942) #6
Published Jan 1945 by Timely.
46 page Miss Fury story "The Case of General Bruno"
Script: Tarpe Mills
Pencils and Inks: Tarpe Mills
Characters V: Erica Von Kampf, Col. Wolfram Prussia, Dr. Gruen (D); GS: Gen. Bruno, Fingers Martin
Miss Fury, on the cover of issue #6. Art by Alex Schomburg.
The first Black Fury debuted on April 6, 1941, as a Sunday comic strip distributed by the Bell Syndicate, and created by artist (June) Tarpé Mills.
Originally called the Black Fury, she eventually became known as Miss Fury; her alter ego was wealthy socialite Marla Drake. Miss Fury had no innate superpowers, but gained increased strength and speed when she donned a special skintight catsuit when fighting crime. Drake's alter-ego combatted several regular villains,including mad scientist Diman Saraf and Nazi agents Erica Von Kampf and General Bruno. Drake was also involved in a love triangle with her former fiancé, Gary Hale, and Detective Dan Carey.
Although Miss Fury was popular, the revealing outfits worn by its female characters provoked some controversy at the time. When Marla Drake was drawn wearing a bikini in 1947, 37 newspapers dropped the strip in response. The Miss Fury strip ran until 1952.
Marvel Comics (then known as Timely Comics) printed her adventures in comic book form from 1942 to 1946.
Tarpé Mills's Miss Fury was revived in a four-issue mini-series published in 1991 by Adventure Comics (an imprint of Malibu Comics). In that series, we learned that the new Miss Fury (Marlene Hale) is the granddaughter of the original. Marlene's Aunt Stephanie also becomes a costumed adventurer, called The Black Fury. A battle between the two ends when both fall into a vat of chemicals.
This version of Miss Fury would return in Malibu Comics' Protectors series, in issues 10–12. Black Fury (who no longer remembers her own name due to the earlier accident) has kidnapped the grandson of President Brian O'Brien; O'Brien was formerly the Clock. Miss Fury helps the Protectors rescue the boy, but Black Fury slips away.
Miss Fury would continue to appear in the pages of The Protectors until the series ended with issue #20 in 1994.
The original Miss Fury also saw a brief cameo reappearance in 2008 when Marvel Comics published the first issue of the series The Twelve. She was depicted as part of an army of 1940s costumed heroes storming Berlin, Germany during the final days of World War II.
In November 2012,the Golden Age Miss Fury appeared in the Dynamite Entertainment comic Masks, where she joined with other comic and pulp-magazine heroes (including Zorro, the Shadow and the Green Hornet) to combat the villainous "Party of Justice". In April 2013 Dynamite began publishing a comic book with an updated version of the Golden Age Miss Fury.