Ten minutes of animated nirvana with 80’s Joe comic commercials

This is SO COOL.

Of course the quality isn’t the best, but I can’t possibly give enough props to YouTube uploader BUDAONLINE1 as well as Comic Alliance for reminding me that this fantastic video compilation is out there.

Some folks may not realize it, but in the G.I. Joe world, animation was first used to advertise the comic, and in many cases was quite different than the Sunbow end result.  The below YouTube video collects nearly every single animated comic commercial and merges them into one ten minute marathon of nostalgic joy.

There are a few issues the uploader missed, but he has them in separate installments in his library, so check ’em out, and check out the embedded video below.  I’m still smiling.


Ryan Hansen to play “Grunt” in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

A few days ago, I posted that television and film actor Ryan Hansen was slated to appear in the G.I. Joe sequel, but we didn’t yet know what role he was going to play.  Well, once again, thanks to Twitter, we do.

Ryan Hansen Tweeted just a short while ago in reply to a question:

“I play a Joe named Grunt. Small part but awesome.”

So there you have it.  Grunt will make a minor appearance in the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film, and he will be played by Ryan Hansen.  For fans of Veronica Mars (like myself), he is a familiar face as Dick Casablancas, and it’s cool to see these folks being pulled from popular recent television shows.  So, if you want the scoop, follow Mr. Hansen on Twitter.