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Marvel's retiring Seargent Nick Fury brings back the nostalgia of comic book racks Happy's Flea Market and B&D Comics

Cheryl E Preston
Nick Fury is officially retired by Marvel.Photo byWikipedia

The good ol days

Once upon a time in Roanoke, you could purchase comic books for a quarter from a rack in most convenience stores. The metal stand had several tiers and you could spin it around to see what choices you had. The news that Marvel Comics is retiring Seargent Nick Fury brought to mind the various racks where I gleaned the merchandise and decided what to purchase in Roanoke and Botetourt County.

In later years I frequented Happy's Flea Market as did many other locals and B&D Bookstore when it was on the corner of the Wasena Bridge in Southwest. B&D is now located at 2937 Brambleton Ave. SW but many of us have fond memories of the log cabin that now sits empty. Happy's is but a memory and locals have so many fond memories of the treasures they found at the flea market over the decades. Now the retirement of Seargent Nick Fury is bringing up those memories.

Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury is a spy, former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and founder of the Avengers. Fury began his career within the US Army rising to the rank of Colonel before his honorable discharge. He later became a CIA operative during the Cold War, primarily operating in Soviet territory. Fury joined S.H.I.E.L.D., where he recruited and trained Phil Coulson and John Garrett. In 1995.
B&D Comics log cabinPhoto byYoutube screenshot

Nick Fury transforms in many ways just like localities

The idea of a black Nick Fury was introduced way back in 2002, in the pages of The Ultimates #1 in which writer Mark Millar had artist Bryan Hitch 'cast' Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury.

Stan Lee was with us for 95 years and his vision for the Marvel Universe went with him. Gone are the days when the animated characters remained the same for perpetuity. They now are aging and like Fury, many have undergone radical changes in the last decade.

Fury debuted in 1967 and became the "Man on the Wall" and The Unseen, replacing Uatu the Watcher. This year marks Nick Fury's 60th anniversary, and he officially passes the Nick Fury torch to his son. The retirement of the Marvel hero is just another reminder that change is constant and one of the few things we can count on. Like Happy's Flea Market, the log cabin where B&D Books used to be housed and purchasing favorite comics from a rack for a quarter the original Nick Fury as well as his replacement are now relagated to the past.

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