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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Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200!

The day is finally here!  After what seems like a forever long wait, the landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero arrives on Wednesday, and in celebration of its arrival, you can check out the preview below.

With Larry Hama on writing duties and SL Gallant continuing his impressive art streak, we see a massive G.I. Joe armored division going head to head with Cobra forces in the Utah desert.

Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200—GEM OF THE MONTH

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Gallant, Herb Trimpe (c)

This is it: the landmark 200th issue in this long-running series! G.I. JOE returns to the Pit, but things are not as they expected at their homebase. HAWK and DUKE prepare to take the team into a new era, as COBRA’s plans and new threats require a fresh approach.  Join the adventure in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 and prepare for the next 200!

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Bullet points:

  • This is it! The landmark 200th issue of A Real American Hero!
  • Extra-sized issue, with bonus content!
  • Variant cover by Larry Hama!
  • Variant Cover by Herb Trimpe!

There’s still time to support Ghost Source Zero

First and foremost, huge props to everyone in the online community who has supported the Kickstarter project Ghost Source Zero!  This fun looking independent film by Marvel G.I. Joe scribe Larry Hama and Mark Cheng hit its funding goal a few days ago, but the more support they get, the more great stuff they can do.

There are 13 hours left in the campaign, so there is still time to lend them a helping financial hand.  Check out the Kickstarter Page, and see the first pilot episode below!

What’s on Joe Mind Interviews Larry Hama & Mark Cheng

I’m sure folks have seen me talk about Ghost Source Zero several times over the past couple of weeks, and a short while ago, myself and the guys from What’s on Joe Mind spent about an hour with both Larry Hama and Mark Cheng talking about this excellent looking series.

The conversation obviously involves discussions about the Kickstarter Campaign, but also dives into Larry Hama’s thought process, and some very interesting insight into his opinions on the current state of theater and television entertainment.  He’s refreshingly open and engaging, and this is the only place you will ever hear him say the words “throbbing sphincter”.  Hey, we’re not the #1 G.I. Joe podcast for nothing.

Hit up our Podbean page, or check it out embedded below.  Then SUPPORT THE KICKSTARTER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.  :)

Larry Hama and Mark Cheng’s Ghost Source Zero – Extra bang for your buck!

This update just in from Larry Hama and Mark Cheng, the brain children behind Ghost Source Zero… for the next THREE DAYS ONLY any contribution will be matched by an especially generous G.I. Joe fan out there.

That’s right, from now until Sunday, anyone who contributes is guaranteed to get their contribution doubled towards the ultimate goal of finishing this great independent feature (up to $5,000).  If you’ve been on the fence about contributing, time to hop off, as this could push even more funds towards this very reachable Kickstarter goal.

Check out the Kickstarter right here, and view the video below.  Let’s all get together and help make Larry Hama and Mark Cheng’s dream a reality!

Reminder – Larry Hama and Mark Cheng’s Ghost Source Zero!

Just wanted to post a reminder as we come within two weeks of the Kickstarter Campaign closing, Larry Hama and Mark Cheng’s fun new project Ghost Source Zero is in the throws of a crazy Kickstarter which has already gained over $40,000 for funding!

But with only 13 days left there’s still a long ways to go, so if you want to see what Hama and Cheng have up their sleeves for the remaining 11 parts, please throw them some support.

The Pilot Episode has been posted already on Machinima, but they need the Kickstarter to go through in order to publish the remaining 11 parts and thus complete the film.  Check out the full Pilot episode below, then please consider supporting the project on Kickstarter.


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.


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.

on gijoe changed comics-short from TheSpittingImage on Vimeo.

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.

Larry Hama and Mark Cheng’s new collaborative film project – Ghost Source Zero

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been promoting a Kickstarter Campaign for this new independent film project, but I hadn’t posted anything about it here on GeneralsJoes yet.  Well, that’s gonna change now.

As many of you should recall, Mark Cheng worked on a G.I. Joe fanfilm, Operation: Red Retrieval a while ago, and managed to impress many viewers.  One key viewer who he impressed was none other than Larry Hama himself.  Thus began a collaboration that is now resulting in a Kickstarter Campaign for an independent “micro budget” film project Ghost Source Zero.

Today, the monster YouTube channel Machinima posted the pilot episode of Ghost Source Zero, which features the first 4.5 – 5 minutes of the project.  It’s a look into a future where artificial intelligence and cybernetics run wild, and a cyber crime unit is tasked with investigating  a particularly interesting case.  It’s definitely got a Larry Hama flair, and judging purely by the first four minute sequence, there are some impressive production values involved as well.  Please consider supporting the project on Kickstarter so we can get the next 11 parts to go along with the pilot.  It looks like a very, very fun project.  Check out the Pilot embedded (from YouTube) below, and again, hit up Kickstarter to show your support.