Regular Joes Podcast Episode #39 – G.I. Joe hits 50 and 50 hits back

As excited as many Real American Hero fans were about some of the announcements at Toy Fair a short while ago, there is a segment of the community that felt a little bit left out.  So when three representatives from that community invited me onto their podcast to chat about Toy Fair reveals, I jumped at the chance, eager to see their perspective.  It certainly helps that Barry, Tod, and Dave are all great guys who are really closely invested in the G.I. Joe fandom and do regular work for the G.I. Joe Collectors Club!

Well, I couldn’t have had a better time.  All three of them are veritable geek experts (as listeners of their podcast can certainly attest to) and we talked about everything from G.I. Joe’s 50th Anniversary to Guardians of the Galaxy, Harold Ramis, and many other things in between.  It was a blast.

And folks looking for information about my dio-story may want to listen to… I break a bit of news on that front as well.  :)

Heck, we even talk a little bit about the Adventure Team Chronicles and “Shattered Glass” concept, considering podcast host Tod Pleasant is the writer of that particular adventure.

You can find the latest episode over on iTunes, and the show notes are below.

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In 1964 Hasbro introduced G.I. Joe, America’s Movable Fighting Man, and the Action Figure was born. As fans of G.I. Joe gear up to recognize their plastic hero’s golden anniversary, controversy, Joe’s frequent companion, one again makes an appearance. Is Hasbro giving Joe his due? Barry, Dave and Tod, the Regular Joes are joined by Justin Bell from the What’s on Joe Mind podcast to talk it out. Also, a salute to the late great Harold Ramis, with movie picks, and another round of Who Would Win in a Fight. Yo Joe!

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G.I. Joe Solicitations from IDW Publishing – May, 2014

We’re on the verge of some huge events in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200, and with Paul Allor wrapping up his run on G.I. Joe, what’s up next for our American Heroes?

Turns out… not a whole heck of a lot.  :(

May solicitations have hit from IDW Publishing, and we have one title on the list.  G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202 throws us back into the RAH world, but as of this moment, there doesn’t appear to be a main IDW-verse G.I. Joe title on the list.  We knew that Paul Allor’s run would last for four issues (which should wrap in April) but there is currently no apparent heir to that G.I. Joe throne.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a plan in place, but apparently that plan will not involve the month of May.

I’ve reached out to IDW to see if I can figure out what’s up, but until I get a response, check out the solicitations for May, 2014 after the jump.

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Previews for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #199 and Special Missions #12

Relish new comic day tomorrow, G.I. Joe fans, as it might be one of the last times we get a “Two for One” G.I. Joe comic day.  With Cobra already gone and Special Missions wrapping up in April, pretty soon we’ll be down to just the flagship title and A Real American Hero (with Scioli’s Transformers and G.I. Joe coming in a short bit).  So soak this in while you can.

Brace yourself, too, as the race to Real American Hero #200 heats up with one more step towards the big G.I. Joe vs. Cobra showdown!  Check out previews for these two issues below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #199

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN! G.I. JOE has escaped the situation in Sierra Gordo intact… but COBRA has taken over their headquarters! That means only one thing: it’s time for a head-to-head confrontation between America’s best and the villainous COBRA COMMANDER’s forces. Join the battle in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #199 and prepare for everything to change in next month’s landmark issue #200!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • ONLY 1 ISSUE LEFT UNTIL G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #200!
  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #12

Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Gulacy, Will Rosado (c)

DESTRO MUST DIE part three! It’s a three-way showdown between the JOEs, COPPERBACK and a mysterious Mark II B.A.T. in an abandoned town from the old Soviet Union. And HELIX is here to tip the balance. The search for DESTRO continues and the noose around the villainous highlander begins to tighten!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy bring back a fan-favorite character!
  • Variant Cover by S L Gallant!

Preview of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero from Comic Book Resources

Okay, now that my brain has stopped exploding from the combination of awesome witnessed in this preview, I can write a little post about it.

CBR sat down and chatted with Larry Hama about his run on G.I. Joe comics, and looked towards March and the release of G.I. Joe #200.  We get a little insight into what to expect with this landmark issue, but best of all, a few preview pages are shown including the best image I’ve ever seen:

SL Gallant + G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero + Sigma 6 themed Cobra Commander.

My soul is smiling.

Check out the whole article right here, and brace yourself for some great images of a Cobra army of HISS Tanks preparing to face off against the G.I. Joe team with some truly great old school vibe to it.  I’ve mirrored one image below, but the rest are over at CBR.

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Preview of IDW Publishing Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs G.I. Joe

Ever since it was first announced with Scioli at the helm, I’ve been fascinated by the prospect of this new Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series.  Scioli has a tremendously vintage artistic style, and judging by this preview, that style is infused throughout the entire story as well as the art.

The first issue apparently starts out with a bang, as G.I. Joe charges en masse into a Cobra compound, facing deadly creeper vines, Dr. Venom, and Major Bludd.  All after a cool sequence between Starscream and Bumblebee, of course.

It’s an interesting aesthetic.  I’m sure there will be some Joe fans who are a bit turned off by the distinctive look and feel, but I kinda love it.  It calls back to a simpler time, and I love that things are pretty wide open.  Once you see Snake Eyes in action, you’ll know what I mean.

Check out the preview at FreeComicBookDay.com.

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Great photo set for cover of upcoming G.I. Joe: ARAH #200

Over on his Tumblr page, Chris Ryall, editor in chief for IDW Publishing has posted a fantastic photo set showing the progression of the cover artwork for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200.  It shows the initial sketch by Larry Hama, with pencils & inks by SL Gallant, and then the final cover image.

I love the dichotomy between the classic Duke and Cobra Commander and the Pursuit of Cobra HISS…very interesting to read, too, that Gallant is now officially the longest tenure artist on the title.  That is shocking, but very cool as well.  It certainly helps that I’m a huge fan of his work.

Check out the photo set below.

Got any G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero questions for IDW? Check this out!

With the landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero on the way from IDW Publishing, the editorial team is looking to bring back the always exciting Postbox: The Pit letter’s page!

Over on the IDW Publishing forums, editor Carlos Guzman has opened a thread asking for questions to be submitted for the letter’s page for Issue #200, and apparently Larry Hama himself will endeavor to answer them!

Check out the forums right here to contribute.

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Preview for IDW G.I. Joe (Season 3) #13

If Paul Allor’s work on G.I. Joe Issue #12 is any indication, we’re going to be the lucky ones once Issue #13 hits comic stores tomorrow.  Diving back into the past of the Cobra organization, Allor managed to weave a very interesting historical tale, and nicely develop various different Cobra Commanders from centuries past, even though he only had a few pages to devote to each one.

This next issue continues that look back into the depths of Cobra’s history, and I’m excited to check it out.  Until then, take a peek at the preview below.

G.I. Joe #13

Paul Allor (w) • Robert Atkins, Alex Cal, Chris Evenhuis (p) • Steve Kurth (c)

THE SECRET HISTORY OF COBRA COMMANDER! BARONESS leads COBRA’s newest recruit, the enigmatic SIREN, on a journey through history to the earliest days of COBRA… but what is SIREN’s secret?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The secret history of the COBRA COMMANDER through the ages!
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams III!

 

Episode 89 of What’s on Joe Mind drops some Hot Toys goodness!

Among many other things…

Quite awhile ago, we had the unique opportunity to interview a couple of the guys from the Hot Toys Podcast, and while it took us a little while to get this posted (apologies Jim and Eamon) with G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock on the precipice of release, it seems apt to get this out there now.

Along with talking with those fine folks, we cover all of the G.I. Joe news and information, and even touch on the big “NO JOES in 2014″ topic that seems to be rearing it’s ugly head over the past week.

As always, hit up Podbean or check out the embedded player below, and show notes are after the jump.

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IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for April, 2014 reveals no more Special Missions

Wow, sad news for fans of Chuck Dixon’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions title as apparently after April, 2014, IDW Publishing will no longer be producing the title.  That leaves the main G.I. Joe title as the only “IDW” continuity G.I. Joe ongoing title still telling the story of this new G.I. Joe and Cobra conflict.

It brings to mind the question of how well these books are selling and if there’s enough fan demand to continue bringing IDW’s G.I. Joe to local comic stores on a monthly basis.

Paul Allor continues his work on the flagship title while we deal with the ramifications of issue #200 in the Real American Hero universe.  Check out the full solicitation list below.

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