His name comes up all the time on most fans “most wanted” lists, and unlike a figure like Pythona, you would think Billy could be done relatively easily with many existing parts. So what’s stopping someone like the G.I. Joe Collectors Club from doing it?
According to the Q & A at last year’s JoeCon (and it seems like every year’s JoeCon) the Club doesn’t know what version of Billy the fans might want. The Boy Scout assassin version (no thanks)? Storm Shadow’s ninja apprentice? A Devils Due-esque version in military gear and long hair? Where do you stand?
Well, if you’re a member of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club, skinny has put up an unofficial poll to gather some fan consensus about what version of Billy we might want to see. It’s pretty well known that the Club pays attention to fan requests, especially at their site or on their forums, so you should definitely check out the forums, and place your vote.
You never know, you might help shape FSS 3.0 or 4.0!
Over the past several weeks, Newsarama has been doing a great interview series called “YO, JOE” and has featured many great IDW top talent, including Fred Van Lente, Mike Costa, Chuck Dixon, and now the godfather himself, Larry Hama. Larry’s work on IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero title has been stellar over the past couple of years, and I love that Newsarama is doing a featured piece on it.
The interview itself is fantastic, too. As many of us know, Mr. Hama has a distinct opinion about his place in the grand scheme of comic publishing, and this interview perfectly captures that attitude. He even answers some questions simply by showing some great notes from recent issues of Real American Hero. It’s a great read, everyone should go check it out at Newsarama.com.
The road to issue #200 continues as Larry Hama and SL Gallant keep pumping out some great looking books continuing the Marvel era. The 197th issue of this landmark series hits comic shops tomorrow and you can check out the preview below.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #197
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
THE ROAD TO #200 CONTINUES! G.I. JOE has been set-up! As most of America’s Elite are taken prisoner in Sierra Gordo, it’s up to the few support members left behind to launch an offensive. But when COBRA realizes G.I. JOE is spread so thin, they get ready to launch an offensive of their own. This just might be G.I. JOE’s darkest hour, in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #197!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- COBRA strikes G.I. JOE when they’re down! Can G.I. JOE recover?
- ONLY 4 ISSUES LEFT TO G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #200!
- Variant sketch cover by Larry Hama!
It’s a book every G.I. Joe Marvel Comics fan won’t want to be without…the G.I. Joe Complete Collection has been a fantastic release by Mark Bellomo, collecting all of the Marvel issues with color corrections and some great insight by Larry Hama himself.
IDW Limited is taking these Complete Collections and wrapping them into their fantastic deluxe hardcover offerings, many with exclusive artwork just for that volume.
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One of the best things about the G.I. Joe fandom to me is the inspiration it has given some great artists, who leverage the G.I. Joe property to put out some amazing work. The latest in this list is artist Brian Miller, who actually worked on the G.I. Joe comic title at Devils’ Due as well as some of the colors for the comic pack comics.
Mr. Miller is working alongside Cobra 1st Legion, the great G.I. Joe cosplay group, to present a fantastic propaganda poster lithograph featuring The Baroness.
You can pre-order this poster at Oktopolis.com and pre-orders are open Nov. 18 – 22 with reward levels as we reach 50, 100, 150, & 200 pre-orders. The poster is limited to 250 pieces each one hand numbered and signed. Fans should visit http://oktopolis.com & use code: 1STLEGION at checkout to save $10.00
IDW Publishing has released their solicitation list for G.I. Joe comics hitting comic shops in February, 2014. Paul Allor continues his four-issue run on the main G.I. Joe title, while Real American Hero hurtles towards an explosive 200th issue.
Check out the full list of solicitations with cover images after the jump.
Excuse me while I shed a little tear over the upcoming demise of IDW Publishing’s awesome “Cobra Files” ongoing series, which reaches its end in December. This issue looks to start sewing the seeds of the team’s destruction, and even the first few pages are captivating.
The full issue hits comic stores today, definitely check it out! Meanwhile, the preview is below.
G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #8
Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)
THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS – PART 2! TOMAX makes his move… and no one on the COBRA FILES team will be prepared for the sinister plan the Crimson Twin unleashes. Trapped and cornered in their own facility, will FLINT, CHAMELEON and the rest of the team make it out alive?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- Riley Rossmo variant cover!
Although I should use the term “drops news” lightly, because I’m actually ashamed of myself for not catching this previously.
Last week I had posted the January solicitations for IDW’s G.I. Joe books, and failed to notice a new name in the writers column for G.I. Joe #12. That name is Paul Allor, and he actually posted about the writing duties on his Tumblr page yesterday. In that Tumblr update he mentions writing “a couple of issues” so it sounds like he’s not going to be the full time writer going forward, but will be in for at least a couple of months. To see some details on Mr. Allor’s previous work, check out Clockwork.
Meanwhile, the Newsarama article with Steve Kurth dives into his past with Devils’ Due and talks about his approach then, and how it’s different now, and also manages to show a lot of cool preview art as well.
Check it out right here.
New comic day arrives on Wednesday this week with the latest exciting issue of G.I. Joe from IDW Publishing. The Mad Monk saga continues through the streets of New York as G.I. Joe scrambles to stop his nefarious plan!
Check out the preview for this latest action-packed issue below.
G.I. Joe #9
Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jamal Igle, Kurth (c)
THREAT MATRIX! Below the streets and above the high rises of the New York City, the G.I. Joe team is strained to the brink fighting back THE MAD MONK’s all-out assault on the Big Apple! But… is that playing right into his hands to ultimately destroy DUKE?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- COBRA takes Manhattan!
- Who is the G.I. JOE team’s traitor?!
- Ryan Dunlavey “Intern of Cobra” variant cover!
Well, it is a momentous occasion…our first IDW Solicitations list without an issue of a Cobra series by Mike Costa on it. Not quite sure how I feel about that… I’m bummed, but also happy that the title is going out on its own terms.
Even without one of the cornerstones of the new IDW universe, though, we’ve got a pretty good looking run down of other items coming in January. Check out the full Solicitations list (including Real American Hero #198!) after the break.