The word has been out there for a little while that NBC comedy show Community would be airing an episode based on “G.I. Jeff”, which has some obvious ties to our favorite Real American Hero.
The Community Twitter account even posted an image of G.I. Jeff, which is animated in nature and bears a striking resemblance to a certain First Sergeant.
But wait… it gets better! According to the Twitter account of Mary MacDonald Lewis, her, Bill Ratner, and Michael Bell all play roles in this animated episode! They are, of course, the voices of Lady Jaye, Flint, and Duke from the Sunbow series.
No air date has been listed yet, but it certainly sounds like Joe fans are going to want to tune in for this one!
Next year’s G.I. Joe Convention in Dallas, Texas is turning into a treasure trove of voice talent as the G.I. Joe Collectors Club added two more guests to their already impressive roster this year.
According to GIJoeCon.com, both Morgan Lofting (Sunbow’s The Baroness) and Michael Richard Dobson (Cobra Commander from Valor Vs. Venom and Spy Troops) will be making an appearance at the Convention next year. They will join Michael Bell (Sunbow’s Duke) and BJ Ward (Sunbow’s Scarlett) for voice talent, as well as former G.I. Joe marketing whiz Kirk Bozigian and Marvel Comics writer Larry Hama.
Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest information on next year’s Convention!
That’s right, the immortal Michael Bell will be joining BJ Ward as a special guest of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention in Dallas. Considering how awesome the voice actor reading was last year between Bill Ratner and Mary MacDonald-Lewis, I can only imagine what it will be like this year.
Make sure you keep checking GIJoeCon.com for all of the latest information from the G.I. Joe Convention!
First and foremost, a big thanks to James McFadden for realizing this information and posting about it over on the Hasslein Books blog. It’s tough to think that it’s really been three decades since the first installment of the MASS Device hit TV screens everywhere.
I was an eight year old kid living in Plymouth, NH at the time and clearly remember those advertisements with Duke vaulting through laser fire and macking on Scarlett about his “green sheets”, and I was forever enthralled. While it would be Larry Hama’s immortal comics in the 80′s that fully captured my G.I. Joe childhood, the spark was ignited by the MASS Device and the Revenge of Cobra, and those two mini-series still stand apart as some of the best examples of 80′s animation in history.
Happy Anniversary to the Sunbow G.I. Joe series! I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that the next generation gets an equal chance to relive G.I. Joe magic through animation some day.
Much to many folks’ surprise, Jim Sorenson’s G.I. Joe: Field Manual (Volume 2) hit Amazon this week and has shipped to many folks already. Jim reached out to us, and we were able to get him on the What’s on Joe Mind podcast last night, so expect another great conversation with Mr. Sorenson to emerge on the Internet very soon!
During our conversation, Jim mentioned several outtakes that didn’t quite make the cut for the second volume, including twisted Mike Irizarry’s favorite… ”sick kids”. Yes, for some reason Mike gets a level of joy out of sick kids. True to his word, Jim went to his blog this morning and immediately posted some outtakes from volume two, including the now infamous “sick kids”. He provides some excellent background to the outtake, and some great information about Volume 2 as well.
While you’re reading the blog, you should seriously consider hitting up Amazon and picking up the second volume of the G.I. Joe: Field Manual. There’s tons of Season Two artwork as well as a ton of stuff from the DiC series. That’s right, you get to marvel at the designs of awesome and obscure 90′s G.I. Joe characters without having to actually watch the cartoon. It’s the best of all worlds! Click the banner below to buy Volume Two, and make sure you continue hitting up Disciples of Boltax for information about this book and others.
Yeah, we know this episode was a long time coming, but hopefully it was worth the wait! I can’t quite describe how excited we were on the podcast when Bill Ratner actually reached out to us and wanted to come back on to discuss the events at JoeCon. So moved was Mr. Ratner by the reaction of the fans at JoeCon, that he really wanted to come and talk about it, and we could not have been happier to be the conduit for that conversation. Much less of an interview, and more a great conversation with a voice acting legend, it was a great discussion.
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg for this episode. Along with Bill Ratner, we also had a very unique opportunity to talk to Lanny from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club. Fresh off of the experiences at JoeCon, and neck-deep in the Figure Subscription Service 2.0 reveals, we get some terrific design insight and some very honest discussion about Lanny’s collecting background, experience, and his work with the Collectors Club. It was a terrific talk, to be sure.
Along with both of these great guests, we’re also joined by Kevin Watts, who comes on to talk about the New Jersey Collectors Convention and their 2013 Salvo exclusive! Yes, this episode truly has it all. Check it out on Podbean, or via the embedded players below. Don’t forget to click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the show notes.
So, the cool guys at the Cold Slither Podcast Tweeted out a link to one of my old articles covering the history of Roadblock for folks who needed to bone up on their G.I. Joe history before catching G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
That kicked a reminder at me that maybe I should get that post back up on top since G.I. Joe: Retaliation has officially opened and there might be people wondering just who this Roadblock dude is. You can see the original post right here, but I’ve also reposted it at the Read the Rest of the Story link below.
All it took were a few words, and you could instantly recognize the voice from our youth. Mary MacDonald-Lewis joined us for a fantastic action-packed interview, bringing some of her classy Sunbow Lady Jaye style to the show. We talk about her experiences with the animated series, her real life relationship with Bill “Flint” Ratner, and whether or not she thinks Adrianne Palicki can fill her shoes.
Also joining us on this episode is Carson from the epic G.I. Joe site, 3DJoes! He talks technology and what drew him to build his site and where he thinks it might go in the future. Along with this we cover news, and get fired up about G.I. Joe: Retaliation! Come join us on Podbean, or use the embedded players below. As always click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link for the show notes.
Hasbro’s excellent PR firm has begun sending out the press material, and I’ve uploaded a large amount of it already to the YoJoe Photo events page! The Press images include Budo without his helmet, Cobra Commander wearing his hood, and all of the Wave 2 Kre-On figures that weren’t in the showroom!
Also see the Arashikage Dojo and Ghoststriker fighter jet. Check ‘em out right here.
So not only do we get Lady Jaye in attendance, but looks like Flint will be joining her in Indianapolis for the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention! Bill Ratner voiced Flint back in the Sunbow animated series, and has gone on to do a wealth of other voice work and production work in entertainment over the past several years.
It will be quite exciting having both of these G.I. Joe legends join us in Indy this April.
If you want to hear more from Mr. Ratner, be sure to check out What’s on Joe Mind Episode 70 where we spent about an hour talking to him. You can hit up the embedded player below as well. Make sure you continue to check GIJoeCon.com for the latest and greatest JoeCon intel!