This page is devoted to the Helicarrier, the mobile weapons platform of SHIELD that has come to symbolize the vast resources, reach and power of the organization. Also thrown in are pictures of other SHIELD vehicles of interest.
|From the pages of Captain America comes this great shot of the Helicarrier in a darkened sky. To me, I think the shadows in the bridge window are too big for the Helicarrier to be as big as it's supposed to be, but that's just a trivial point.|
|Here's another impressive picture of the 'carrier. This picture was cropped out from an image I found online of a Helicarrier game card for Marvel. Judging from the smaller aircraft in the picture, is this Steranko's work?|
|Okay, so the "Kitty Pryde, Agent of SHIELD" mini-series just didn't need to be made. It was cheesy, unrealistic and made SHIELD look like a bunch of obnoxious jerks (well... maybe they are). AND there was no Nick Fury in it! But at least it gave artist Jesus Redondo a chance to draw some cool SHIELD stuff, like this one of the Helicarrier from Issue #1.|
|This may be the single most awe-inspiring image of the Helicarrier. It's a fully-painted image by Gabriele Dell'Otto from "Secret War" #1 which just came out a few months ago. From my other Gallery pages, you probably already know how much I like this guy's work.
||And following on the same work, here's the original sketch-up of the Helicarrier from same page of "Secret War" #1 that Gabriele Dell'Otto did when working on the project.
||Also from the same issue of "Secret War" as the above image, here's the inset from that page of the briefing table onboard the bridge of the Helicarrier. I love the SHIELD logo on the table and the soft green glow from the individual computers.
||Here's a picture of the topside of the Helicarrier, including the bridge towers modeled after traditional aircraft carriers. This is another image from the first issue of "Kitty Pryde, Agent of SHIELD."
||This is a neat shot of Captain America riding some form of sky-cycle out of a bay hanger of the Helicarrier seen high above him. This picture comes from Capt. America vol. 2 #8 with art by Joe Bennett.
||This image of the Helicarrier just coming into view through the early pre-morning twilight and fog is from an X-Men issue. While you can't see much detail of the Helicarrier, the image projects the massive, almost frightening spectacle of such a large airborne craft coming into sight. Dark, alien and foreboding - we wouldn't want to see this thing in the sky over us.
||The Helicarrier most recently appeared in Venom #14 from where this majestic image comes from. The Helicarrier coming in low over the brownstone buidlings of New York City, and escorted by a few lower-altitude helicopters.
||Here's the cover (minus the logos) by Harrison of the Fury One-Shot special that came out a few years after Nick Fury vs. SHIELD. The cover features several images from the Fury mythos, including the Helicarrier (here shown in the state of being blown literally in half).
||While the David Hasselhoff movie was lousy lousy lousy, one thing I thought they did right was how the Helicarrier looked - probably the best thing about the movie, as seen here.
||In addition to the Helicarrier, Marvel has also introduced a new SHIELD airborne vehicle - the Sky Destroyer. SHIELD skydestroyers are basically mini-helicarriers (though without helicopter blades). A fast airship with immense firepower, these things may someday replace the traditional Helicarrier. This image is from Capt. America vol. 4 #24.
||Another panel of Capt. Amercia vol. 4 #24 shows the interior bridge of the skydestroyer. Here Capt. America and Nick Fury are on the bridge with none other than Fidel Castro.
||Another classic SHIELD vehicle is the hover-car. Eventhough SHIELD officially abandoned the "normal looking" version of the car for hi-tech looking assualt versions, the traditional hover-car still shows up here and there. This image of the Black Widow's hover-car comes from Marvel Knights #10.
||Here's the hover-car's most recent appearence - from "Secret War" #1, with Val in front on the scene of a SHIELD operation. Del'Otto does a great job of making the impossible seem real. I also like the hard to see devices that appear to be around the agents' ankles letting them have a means of personal flight.||Adding to its airborne arsenal is SHIELD's Orca class assualt helicopter. Is this aircarft SHIELD canon? Hard to say since I found this image in "Kitty Pryde, Agent of SHIELD" #1 - told you the lousy mini-series at least had neat images.
||Also from that mini-series, here's a closer look of the front of the helicopter. As far as I can tell, it's supposed to be a pretty big "command-like" chopper.
||What are these? Orca class birds? Something else? All I know is that they are a trio of SHIELD tactical helicopters coming in low in the middle of the night. Coming from Venom #14, you know something wicked this way comes.
||Here's an interesting photo - a production photograph from the set of Fox's Nick Fury movie where we can see a crew member working on the actual model of the Helicarrier that was used in the movie for the special effect shots.
||From the cover of one of the later X-Force issues (#112?) comes this rather unusual take on how the Helicarrier can look - sleeker, more modern looking, but to me missing the charm of the more classic Helicarrier rendering.
||But probably the most unusual take on the Helicarrier has to be this one from the "Spider-Man: the Animated Series" cartoon. This "vehicle" houses Nick Fury in the episode, but is it possible that this isn't the Helicarrier? It looks more like a satellite, but note that the surrounding sky is blue with clouds. Hmmmm...
||Nope, I like the original concept, but I like it drawn with a touch more of a modern, sleek feel to it. Kind of like this picture of the Helicarrier from Captain America #2 (2005).