Agents of SHIELD
“Dum Dum” Dugan
Fury’s comically attired – and, as Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader Dugan, similarly named – right-hand man; he’s hulking, loyal, gruff and often presented as Fury’s deputy. An ex-circus strongman, he was originally British, but was soon retconned as Boston Irish; one of his rare moments outside Fury’s shadow was when he fronted SHIELD’s ’70s anti-Godzilla efforts.
The black, horn-blowing, historically unlikely (the US Army was segregated until 1948) member of Nick Fury’s WW2 Howling Commandos, who later enjoyed a long career as a somehow fit-as-a-fiddle SHIELD field agent in the ’70s and ’80s, and was more recently killed to show what a badass new Mark Millar/JR Jr villain Gorgon is. Boo!
SHIELD has had all sorts of superhuman operatives over the years, from Quasar to Wolverine, but most enduring is Natalia Romanova/Nastasha Romanov (and variants of the above), the one-time Russian superspy who’s become one of Marvel’s key heroines.
Co-star of Elektra:Assassin, and thus maybe in (but maybe out) of continuity, this hard-drinking cyborg agent is a parody of the Ugly American figure, an amoral dabbler in Third World affairs; he is dismantled but ultimately redeemed, and helps save the world.
Cold-fish über-bitch, replacing Fury as executive director of SHIELD following SecretWar; by-thebook and often nasty, but never corrupt, she’s been one of Marvel’s most successful “shadesof-grey” figures of recent years.
SHIELD’s clean-cut, eager-beaver head geek since the very earliest stories – an Archie character wandered onto a Ken Adam 007 set – he’s often to be seen messing around with new, experimental pieces of superspy tech; indeed, he was SHIELD’s liaison to chief supplier Stark Industries for a time.