IDW is treating their upcoming 212th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero as a major event, as well they should. For spoiler reasons, I’ll avoid the details that have emerged regarding this issue, but all you need to know is G.I. Joe fan (and artist of some of the FSS package art) Adam Riches has revealed the Emerald Comics exclusive cover for this issue.
Taking a page from the Devils’ Due G.I. Joe group cover, Adam has meticulously included all sorts of various Cobra agents from many different G.I. Joe continuities, and it’s marvelous.
Over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Page on Facebook he posted the first look at this cover…just looking through it and picking out all the various characters is an exercise of nostalgia. Check out the mirrored image below. It’s insanely cool.
EDIT – Here’s a full Press Release for this exclusive comic:
To celebrate G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero’s landmark issue #212 The Death of Snake-Eyes (pt. 1) Emerald City Comics has partnered with IDW Publishing to create this limited edition variant cover, which acts a companion piece to 2007’s G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #25 (which featured the G.I. Joe hero roster).
This cover is the definitive G.I. Joe’s rouges gallery, featuring nearly every enemy the G.I. Joe team has faced over their 33 year history. With characters representing all eras of G.I. Joe, from the toy lines (ARAH, Sgt. Savage, Extreme, Built To Rule, Sigma 6), cartoons (Sunbow, DiC), movies (ROC, Retaliation) and comics (Marvel, DDP, IDW)!
G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #212 EMERALD CITY EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COBRA COVER
The Death of Snake Eyes: Part 1
Adam Riches (cover) • Larry Hama (writer) • S L Gallant (artist)
G.I. JOE faces a force unlike anything they’ve ever encountered before… and the only way to control it is by reviving Serpentor, the Cobra Emperor himself! But bringing him back sets into motion drastic events that lead to the death of the original Ninja Commando! The Death of Snake Eyes begins here in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212!
FC • 32 pages
-Each book will ship bagged and boarded, with a special custom backboard featuring a fully numbered checklist of all the characters on the cover!
-At 280, this is the most G.I. Joe characters ever published in a single illustration!
-It is the first ever wrap-around cover for the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero main title!
-This is part 1 (of 3) of the long-awaited “The Death of Snake Eyes” story arc!
-Each signed edition will include an Emerald City Certificate of Authenticity.
The book is scheduled to ship in mid-March, but is currently available for pre-order RIGHT NOW at the links below:
Pre-orders are available right now from Emerald City’s online shop!
Pre-orders are also currently available for sale directly from Emerald City, through Ebay!
About Emerald City Comics: Emerald City has been servicing the Tampa Bay/St. Pete/Clearwater area since 1989, and is one of the largest comic and collectible retail stores in the state of Florida. For more info, visit us online at: www.EmeraldCityComics.com
About the artist: Since 2012, Adam Riches has been illustrating the packaging art for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and Convention action figures. This is his first cover for IDW’s G.I. Joe A Real American Hero. You can view more of his work at www.AdamRiches.com
About IDW Publishing: Founded in 1999, IDW Publishing is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as the #4 comic book publisher in the US. Over 80 IDW titles have appeared on The New York Times Best-Seller list. www.idwpublishing.com