The latest “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” saw our agents of nothing searching through a winter wonderland for a hideout from the government – as well as anything that could give them a new sense of purpose. Along with ex-agent Phil Coulson’s snow-covered existential crisis, the show gave us a few more characters pulled straight from the Marvel Comics. Just because the credits have rolled doesn’t mean that the Marvel adventure’s over. Here are a few comic books selected to pick up where “Providence” left off.
A call from Major Glenn Talbot forced Coulson’s crew to go on the run, similar to how the Hulk reacted way back in Talbot’s first appearance in 1964. As one of General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross’ close allies, Talbot made tracking down the Hulk his personal mission. He even married Bruce Banner’s ex-girlfriend Betty Ross, thus twisting the metaphorical knife he’d already placed in the Hulk’s hide. But Talbot’s quest against the Hulk would prove to be his undoing; he died in battle with the green behemoth in INCREDIBLE HULK #260.
Hydra commander John Garrett mentioned in passing that he’d once gone up against a guy named Johnny Horton – a guy that had traded in his hands for lion’s paws. If you thought that kooky aside sounded like something pulled from an old Marvel Comic, you’re right! Horton’s alter-ego, the Griffin, has been pestering heroes since his debut way back in 1972’s AMAZING ADVENTURES #15. He eventually tangled with the Los Angeles-based Champions, testing his animal might against heroes like Ghost Rider and Black Widow.
While the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” version of Eric Koenig may be stuck inside the isolated safehouse dubbed Providence, the comic book version made his debut as a globe-trotting adventurer in both the Howling Commandoes and as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He even teamed up with Captain America and Sharon Carter to fight Hydra in a mission where his ace piloting skills came in handy.
Don’t miss “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC!