A number of years ago, Youtube user xgivanx sat down and “animated” the most famous issue of Larry Hama’s Marvel G.I. Joe run. It’s not as flashy as some of the more recent motion comics that Marvel has produced but this nine minute video is a fun way to revisit one of the most copied comic stories of all time. With the state of Joe being what it is anymore it’s doubtful that we’d ever get a real motion comic version so in the meantime this will have to suffice.
So sit back and enjoy a little lunchtime theater. It might help take the sting out of another Monday…
Fan-favorite author, toy expert, and comic archivist Mark Bellomo is back with another round of auction on Ebay featuring a metric ton of pieces all signed by the “godfather of G.I. Joe” — Larry Hama! Hitting just in time for the holidays it’s a great opportunity to shop for the Joe fan in your life and snag some fantastic pieces by the franchise’s single greatest creative contributor! These are pieces from Mr. Hama’s personal collection that he is parting with which makes this a very unique opportunity.
Know that your purchase will not only be appreciated but will also go to toward a good cause.
Reminder. The SECOND ROUND of eBay auctions featuring items signed by LH from the Larry Hama Collection are up and running. They end in a day-and-a-half. There’s some 25th anniversary comic packs, vintage stuff, G.I. Joe Convention exclusives, etc.:
Here at JBL, we’re suckers for good G.I. Joe artwork and the website 3DJoes.com. So, imagine the utter glee that was experienced by one admin in particular when the following announcement went up on 3DJoes regarding their recent carded artwork poster project!
Carded 3DJoes” posters are here!
The first “Carded 3DJoes” poster is here! It features every single carded figure from 1982-1985. That’s 49 unforgettable Joes and Cobras on one 24″x36″ poster!Paper details: All 3DJoes posters are printed on 65 lb. sterling premium gloss paper stock. According to my printer, 65 pound paper is the thickest you can use and still roll them without creasing or damaging. It wont easily crease, pinch, or wrinkle. These posters are definitely frame worthy, but the paper is thick enough that if you just want to tack them up, that will work too.
Printing details: We use a four color printing process (CMYK), not digital. Four color prints are much higher quality than digital laser prints. To see behind the scenes at the printer, check out my “3DJoes of the 80s” album on Facebook.
Cost: All 3DJoes posters are an even $20 a piece, plus an estimated $9 for shipping. Comic/Collectibles dealers: please contact me for bulk purchase discounts. Orders of 20 or more are half off!
Why: Proceeds will help pay the $80/month that I’m paying to Arqball for their pro subscription. More info on that here: Pricing » Arqball Spin Blog Fan response has been great and visitors enjoyed 47,000 spins last month, so hopefully I’ll sell plenty of posters!
Wow! 1982 – 1985 were considered by many to be the peak years of the original A Real American Hero toy line. These were the years that introduced fans to most of the line’s core characters from Snake Eyes to Cobra Commander to Firefly to Shipwreck to the Dreadnoks! 49 nine of your favorite characters stunningly reproduced on heavy card stock in a gorgeous 24 x 36 image? This promotion already had me at “poster” but the fact that this is also helping to offset site maintenance costs for 3DJoes.com just makes it a complete no-brainer!Seriously– we’re moving into third quarter now and that means holiday shopping has begun. (Or, at least, you might want to think about getting started.) What better gift for the Joe fan in your life than one of these posters hanging proudly on the wall of their office/den/Joe room!
“The best laid plans of mice and men”… it seems to be a mantra around JBL lately.
I had been planning on getting reviews posted of G.I. Joe Retaliation wave 3.5 shortly after Coil Con IV as I was able to procure a good supply from Kokomo Toys. However, WordPress issues and work wackiness seemed to be facets of a multi-pronged attack by Cobra to prevent any new content from going live on the site.
Thankfully– the site seems to be functioning normally now and things at the office have died down a bit. (What? This ISN’T my day job?!) So, it’s back to shooting images and getting the reviews ready. So far wave 3.5 seems to be limited to online stores with limited sighting at retail. In my area (Central Illinois) the line has been dropped by both Target and Kmart (yes, we still have a few) while Walmart has scaled it back to just a pair of pegs reserved for the figures. Toys R Us has yet to restock and hopefully won’t just jump to wave 4.
It’s an interesting time to be a Joe collector as the movie’s delay until March seems to have thrown off Hasbro’s entire time frame for product. The three new figures in wave 4 are going to prove particularly elusive as they’re packed in a case with figures that have been out for months now. The sole troop builder the Cobra Night Viper is starting to command premium prices on Ebay and many online stores are already sold out.
However, all is not bleak on the western toy front– the GIJCC’s FSS 2 should be shipping before too long giving fans SOMETHING new to add to their collection and Hasbro’s Derryl DePriest promised that Toy Fair 2014 will hold a few surprises for fans. It gives us all a chance to catch our breath after the onslaught that was G.I. Joe Retaliation– a line that was produced in far more conservative numbers than it’s cinematic predecessor.
So, reviews will continue here in the coming weeks. I’ve got some back-end work to do on the review page templates to make them “less archaic” but there’s a ton of product sitting in my “to do” pile that is just begging for some attention. (Plus now that I have Kwinn in hand I really want to review the Club’s Dr. Venom figure! “The bear is angry with the weasel!”)
So, stay tuned to JBL. More new content IS indeed coming!
This year at JoeCon many fans seemed disappointed that Hasbro didn’t have more to showcase in terms of new product. During the Hasbro panel, it was announced that there was nothing new to see due to the six month delay of the release of G.I. Joe Retaliation. So, attendees steeled themselves and found other news to be excited about.
I was sitting in the “What’s On Joe Mind” panel when my cell phone rang. It was Madmac41 telling me to get my keester down to the dealer’s room and bring my camera. So, I sauntered down, spotted him, and then dropped to my knees in awe. (Literally.) There, in the midst of the Hasbro case were new “concept case” figures and right smack dab in the middle of them was the greatest Marine to ever grace the team’s roster: GUNG-HO! (Suck it, Leatherneck.) Seriously– completely unannounced and unexpected.
There’s no guarantee that these figures will get made but are merely presented as means of gauging interest. So, this is one of the few times that I’ll ask anything of the fandom– if you have the opportunity, drop the name GUNG-HO at every opportunity. After all, he was one of the core characters in the Sunbow series as well as Larry Hama’s Marvel run.
With no further comments, here are the 2013 Concept Case figures:
I’ve tried to stay spoiler-free when it comes to G.I. Joe Retaliation. Really, I have. I’ve only watched the shorter clips and have avoided asking those fortunate souls who’ve already seen the movie for details. However, some times there are things so amazing that they prove that I’m really a weak weak Joe fan.
Remember that preview footage that was shown exclusively with the Hansel & Gretel film? Well, the crew at ComicBookMovie.com have come through for the fandom and have been able to post the video on YouTube.
Seriously– be prepared for some pure AWESOME.
WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! From the pacing to the camera work to the scoring I was getting chills while watching this! While it may be “just an action sequence” it’s the kind of amazing martial arts prowess that I’ve come to expect from the G.I. Joe comics. Seriously– words are pretty much failing me right now.
With the exception of the Sunbow animated series, nearly every incarnation of G.I. Joe has featured the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow conflict. This pair of characters evolved into a classic Yin-Yang pairing– right down to their color schemes! From the epic battle in G.I. Joe Resolute to the famed encounter in the Silent Castle in G.I. Joe vol 1 #21, the inevitable duel of these characters is something that fans clamor for. Their encounters in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra were lackluster at best but the clips revealed thus far promise some truly epic action from the ninja sword brothers. (This time Snake Eyes won’t be stuck hanging onto the bottom of an SUV while Accelerator Suits hog the action.) Regardless of the outcome, any conflict between these two is bound to be rife with tension– and that makes for good viewing!
Check out the rest of Twitziller’s countdown images below:
Twitter user Twitziller continues his “40 Reasons to Be Excited About G.I. Joe Retaliation” series with today’s image: Storm Shadow!
One of Larry Hama’s INFINITE contributions to the G.I. Joe mythos was the tale of Thomas Arashikage also known as Storm Shadow. Whereas the Sunbow animated series presented the Cobra Ninja as a spooky sounding foil for the G.I. Joe Tracker Spirit, the Marvel Comics series took a decidedly different approach. Storm Shadow was shown to be working for Cobra only to find out the true identity of his uncle’s killer. Once he had this information, Thomas did the only thing he could– contacted Snake Eyes, set aside their differences, and went on a two-ninja assault of Cobra Island! Later, he’s put aside his ties to Cobra entirely, join the Joe team, and even serve as a mentor to Cobra Commander’s son Billy.
In the film universe, as portrayed by Byung-hun Lee, Storm Shadow is portrayed as a conflicted mentor to the Baroness who is at odds with his own past. It looks like G.I. Joe Retaliation is going to confront head-on the real story as to who killed the cinematic Hard Master! It also looks like Tommy will be fighting on the side of angels before the film is over. Either way, I’ll be there opening night popcorn in hand!
Check out Twitziller’s previous entries in the series below. We’re getting closer, gang. Closer every day!
I’m playing catch-up on my reviews of G.I. Joe Retaliation! (And Rise of Cobra, and 25th Anniversary, and every other line that dropped during my nearly 4 year hiatus…) I was planning on jumping ahead and hitting the newer waves first but some figures are just so interesting that you can’t put them off for too long. Such is the case with the wave 1 Storm Shadow figure. I’ve had him sitting around since the figures dropped in 2012 but only recently sat down and spent some time really looking at the new design for Thomas Arashikage.
Do fans really NEED another Storm Shadow figure in their collections after having been inundated with them over the past few years? Hit the G.I. Joe Retaliation Review Index and check out this Joe fan’s opinion.