GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200

As a collective, Marvel G.I. Joe fans have been hotly anticipating this huge release for quite a while now, and finally that day has arrived!  Larry Hama and SL Gallant have teamed up to bring G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 to Joe fans everywhere, and it also marks Gallant as the longest running artist in the book’s history!  That seems unbelievable, but it’s true.

Personally, I couldn’t be happier.  Gallant has a great artistic style, and is able to infuse character and dramatic action, while also being very faithful in the representation of realistic elements like weapons and vehicles.  It’s a critical mixture of skills that not many artists can capture.  Gallant does it perfectly.  I couldn’t be more pleased that he now has this landmark to his name, and I am greatly looking forward to his continuing run on this great book.

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Awesome education about the world of toy production

If you’re a G.I. Joe fan on Facebook, but are not a member of the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook group, you are really missing out on some great insight.

Some really fun conversations can be had there, but aside from that, we also get some really great perspective about toy making in general.

Today Gary “Gyre Viper” Head posted a fantastic conversation with a former Hasbro employee who gave him a terrific run down of how certain elements of toy production are performed, and even went through a rough timeline from concept to tooling and production.  These are some great insights into that magical world of toy building that have been somewhat lost in the ether of corporate oversight and management.  This is where the magic happened, and if you’re a toy fan, you owe yourself to check this stuff out.

Hit up this thread on the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook group to see some great detail on the making of a vehicle from the Real American Hero line.  You’ll feel better for it after wards!

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Audio posted for Planet ComicCon G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Panel!

Shame on me!  I missed the email notification, but Rob from Joe A Day posted the audio from the Planet ComicCon G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary panel that he told us all about a short while ago.

Appearing on the panel with him are the infamous Twitziller and Brian from Codename: Iowa.  A really great trio of hardcore G.I. Joe fans who represented the brand very well.

Check out the audio at Joe A Day.com and enjoy the panel!  Kudos to these guys for spreading the word of the G.I. Joe brand!

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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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Vimeo posts treasure trove of Larry Hama interviews and G.I. Joe Reference

Big props to skinny for tracking this down on Vimeo, but apparently a couple of days ago, Vimeo posted a wealth of content specifically related to Larry Hama, and as one might expect, there is plenty of discussion about G.I. Joe throughout.

The series seems to start with a “Meet Janice Chiang” introduction, who mentions that she’s known Larry for over three decades, and then if you look at the related videos, there are nearly FIFTY different interviews and snippets with the godfather of A Real American Hero.  Not all of the conversations are G.I. Joe related specifically, but he’s always an interesting guy, and there is plenty of great stuff here to watch and listen to.

Thanks again to skinny for pointing this out.  Check out the first video right here, and also check out a three part “How G .I. Joe Changed Comics” playlist here.

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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.

Check your Wal-Mart Party section for some cool retro G.I. Joe cups

This has come as a surprise to me, but notpicard has reported in the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook that he stumbled across a G.I. Joe themed party cup in his local Wal-Mart party section.  Using some classic themed art work (though the art itself is from the more recent 25th Anniversary) it’s a large plastic cup that proudly broadcasts your love for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Check out the image mirrored below and go check your Wally Worlds!

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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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