Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Life and Times of Dominic Fortune.



The Chronology.


 David Jerome Fortunov is born in New York. He later adopts the name Dominic Fortune. (Taken from S.H.I.E.L.D no11 where it is said that Fortune is 100 years old)


Steve Rogers born.

1931 Davey Fortunov rescues Stevie Rogers from a gang of bullies (Marvel Super-Heroes #3)

1932-1935 The Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay takes place.  Fortune flies three tours for both sides, working for the winning Paraguay side at the end of the war. (Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now #1)


Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now 1-4 

Fortune returns to the States and is hired to bodyguard three actors at the 1936 Olympics, he discovers a plot to overthrow the United States government. (Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now #2&3)

Columbus Day 1936 (October 12)

Fortune manages to stop the coup. (Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now #4)

March 31 – May 1937

Astonishing Tales: Dominic Fortune.1-6 

Fortune is hired by Amanda Maclain to investigate the death of her sister. 

The crash of the Hindenberg is mentioned in issue #4.


“Ghoul of My Dreams” Hulk! #22 

“Moo over Manhattan” Hulk! #23 

Fortune stops an assassination planned by Baron Von Strucker

Christmas 1937

“Slay Bells” Hulk! #25 

Fortune encounters The Silhouette (Lamar Canfield), his girlfriend Margo Payne and assistant Harry while preventing the assassination of the British Ambassador.


“The Power Broker Resolution” Marvel Preview #2

March 1938

“The Messiah in the Saddle Resolution” Marvel Super Action #1 

Spring 1938

“The Big Top Barter Resolution” Marvel Premiere #56 

Fortune helps Dum-Dum Dugan when he is swindled out of his circus.

Dugan would later become a Howling Commando and agent of SHIELD with Nick Fury.


Steve Rogers watches news reel footage of Dominic Fortune and realises that it is Davey Fortunov.

Fortunov is asked to be the first test subject for Project Rebirth but is rejected due to his gambling and being Jewish.

Steve is selected as his replacement and Fortune rescues him from a Nazi kidnapping attempt. (Marvel Super-Heroes #3)



Fortune and Sabbath Raven are separated in the Nazi invasion of Holland. (referenced in Web of Spiderman #71)



Fortune mentions seeing Namor in 1942. (Reference in Avengers 1959 #4)


New Avengers 10-13

Nick Fury recruits Dum-Dum Dugan, Dominic Fortune, Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Namora, Sergei Kravenoff (Kraven the Hunter), Ulysses Bloodstone, Ernst Sablinova (Silver Sable) as a strikeforce known as Avengers 1959 to hunt for fugitive Nazis and discovers that a fake Red Skull has created their own fake Captain America. (I am ignoring the modern day part of the story)


The Avengers 1959

The Avengers 1959 are reformed with Dominic Fortune, Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Namora, Sergei Kravenoff (Kraven the Hunter), and the Blonde Phantom (Louise Grant) to battle a Nazi sorcerer. Man-Gorilla of Agents of ATLAS appears and a reference is made Jimmy Woo.


Marvel Team Up #120

Spiderman teams up with an older Dominic Fortune to fight Turner D. Century.  Reference is made to Spider-Woman.

As Spiderman, Dominic Fortune, and Spiderwoman all have independent links to CU it seems likely that this crossover took place.  Fortune is appropriately aged as a man active in the 1930s.

Web of Spiderman #10

Spiderman and Fortune crossover again.


Iron Man #212-213

Dominic Fortune encounters Iron Man and is believed dead.  Fortune’s son Jerry briefly becomes the new Dominic Fortune before his death but his father returns to the mantle.


Web of Spiderman #71-72

When seeking to avenge the death of his son, Fortune encounters Spiderman and Silver Sable (Silvija Sablinova).


Dominic Fortune again encounters Captain America (Marvel Superheroes #3)



Sable & Fortune

Silver Sable retires from the Wild Pack and works with a man calling himself Dominic Fortune.

(This would be 20 years after her meeting with Fortune in 1985, presuming that she was around 20 then she would be in her 40s now)

(When this Dominic introduces himself Sable says like the “Dominic Fortune? As in brigand, adventurer? Circa 1930? That Dominic Fortune? The years have been kind.” Fortune responds “You might say that” He does not bring up their earlier encounter and changes the subject.  It is also mentioned that he is not a good fighter unlike the original.




Dominic Fortune is part of a clandestine team known as Vanguard with Blade, Micromax, Yelena Belova, and Retcon. 

The Thing appears and they encounter Colonel America, an attempt to recreate Captain America but his abilities are too strong.



Hawkeye and Mockingbird

Dominic Fortune is one of members of the World Counterterrorism Agency with Mockingbird, Hawkeye, Twitchy, Bangs and London. They battle the Slade family of Phantom Riders and the mercenary known as Crossfire.  Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes appear as does Luke Cage.


It is stated the Fortune can heal quickly and at the end of the story Fortune reveals that he is the original who some point in the decade before drank a variant of the Super Soldier serum which rejuvenated him with memory loss before he grew the moustache and recalled his life.




These events follow directly after Hawkeye and Mockingbird.  Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Fortune, and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) track down a killer

Fortune mentions meeting Yelena (reference to Vanguard) and claims to be the one and only.  There is no reference to his dying as the super soldier serum degrades and he is fine in battle.

The text refers to him as the 1940s Brigand for hire.



New Avengers (present day)




SHIELD #11 December 2015 writer Mark Waid and art by Howard Chaykin

Dominic Fortune visits SHIELD to get assistance to get his casino back and works with Phil Coulson.

Fortune is a sprightly 100 and mentions working with Nick Fury in 1959.

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