Robert Atkins debuts incredible G.I. Joe/Transformers Cover

We have some pretty big landmarks in both the classic Transformers and G.I. Joe comic continuities coming up with Transformers: Regeneration #100, and of course G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200. To celebrate these two events, IDW Publishing solicited fantastic G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins to develop a double cover to both issues, which take both franchises and slam them together into one awesome image. Over on his blog at Robert Atkins Art, he shows off the rough and final pencils of this cover and the results are, as one might expect, astoundingly awesome.

Check out his progress commentary over on the Robert Atkins Art blog, and take a peek at the final penciled art below.


More excellent G.I. Joe themed commission work from Robert Atkins

Former IDW G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins may no longer be working on any current G.I. Joe books, but that hasn’t slowed down the number of G.I. Joe oriented commission requests he’s gotten, and he continues to showcase them on his blog to the delight of G.I. Joe fans everywhere.

The latest commission piece from Mr. Atkins involves Cover Girl and Dusty in a terrific combat scene, very reminiscent of some previous work that he has done.  He features this great piece on his blog at and also reminds us of some excellent past pieces he’s done as well.

Check it out right here, and I’ve posted a small snippet of this excellent artwork below.

Exclusive – Robert Atkins to provide art for G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND mobile game

The news broke only a couple of days ago that DeNA and Hasbro had reached a partnership on a new mobile game for Android and IOS, entitled G.I. Joe: Battleground.  Many folks hypothosized (myself included) that this would be a trading card format game, and it certainly seems to be a fact.

In my excitement, I was able to speak with former IDW G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins, and he informs me that he is actually providing some artwork for this exciting mobile game!  That makes me extremely happy, being a huge fan of Robert Atkins’ work and knowing what a diehard G.I. Joe fan he is, I’m absolutely thrilled that he’ll be doing some artwork for this game.

Hopefully he’ll be allowed to reveal some of his work either here on GeneralsJoes or over on his excellent blog, RobertAtkinsArt.

Speaking of Atkins, he actually posted a fantastic blog outlining a commission piece he did for my friend and fellow podcast host Gary Godsoe.  Check that out right here, and just imagine a trading card themed mobile game with artwork like that.  Awesome.

Robert Atkins working on some signature plate art for IDW Limited

IDW Limited has come out of the gates screaming with G.I. Joe content over the past month or so, already releasing the Marvel Complete Collection (volume 1) and the Danger Girl and G.I. Joe collection as well.  Soon to come is the IDW collection itself, and  Robert Atkins is doing some great signature plate work for the project!

Over on the Robert Atkins Art blog, he’s been detailing the work and previewing some of the Snake Eyes art he is providing for the project, and you should definitely keep tabs over there.  Some really gorgeous original stuff slated to come with the IDW Limited volumes, and Robert is far from done.

He mentioned on a recent Twitter post that he was moving onto Destro next.  Can’t wait to see more!  Keep on hitting up Robert Atkins blog for further details and keep watching IDW Limited for those pre-orders.

Robert Atkins G.I. Joe prints available at a great price for a great collection

Robert Atkins has been a fan favorite G.I. Joe artist for the past few years, and as a result, he has built an impressive library of G.I. Joe themed artwork.  He’s offered prints for sale at many of his conventions, and this high quality work has pleased a bunch of G.I. Joe fans across the world.

Now, he is partnering with someone to offer a large collection of awesome G.I. Joe prints at a fantastic discount price.  The information is below:

Robert Atkins “Declassified”.

A limited edition of 100, numbered and signed featuring 30 color prints of some of Robert’s best GI Joe drawings.

30 11″x17″ color prints on heavyweight paper, suitable for framing packaged in a heavy duty archival box

Includes covers (sans text/headlines, etc) from GI Joe issues #1, #13, #14, #16, #17, #18 (4 variants), #21, Snake Eyes #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #9, #10, #13 (2 variants), #18, along with portraits of Cobra Commander, Zartan, Lady Jaye, Storm Shadow & Snake Eyes and more.

The color prints sell for $15 each at the conventions, so all 30 prints would cost you $450 individually. You can get this set of 30 prints for $200 plus shipping & handling.

First 10 orders get free shipping (domestic US only!). Email or paypal for more info.

This is an awesome opportunity to own some great, high quality G.I. Joe prints at a fantastic price.  With only 100 of these available, they won’t last long, so grab ‘em while you can!  Check out images of some of these prints below:


Preview for IDW’s final issue of G.I. Joe before the 2013 relaunch

Every day brings us closer to the next launch of G.I. Joe titles from IDW Publishing.  Appropriately enough, the current iteration ends its run on issue #21, which is a landmark number when it comes to the G.I. Joe universe.  Check out the preview for this big issue below.

G.I. JOE #21

Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Kenneth Loh (c)

General Hawk is retired from G.I. JOE, but COBRA isn’t through with him! A team of elite snakeheads targets the former honcho for capture and interrogation. But old soldiers never die, they kick butt and take names. Big one-against-all action as an outnumbered and outgunned Hawk shows us how he earned those stars.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Robert Atkins variant cover!

Bullet points:

  • The return of GENERAL HAWK!
  • Is this the end of G.I. Joe? No! Check this space next month!

Epic series of G.I. Joe comic covers taking shape at Robert Atkins blog

The whole concept of a scene that spans multiple covers is something that I’ve really loved.  I can only imagine the challenge involved for an artist in making that kind of scene work.  It’s because of this that I find what Robert Atkins is doing over on his blog so fascinating.

He’s really laying out step-by-step what is going into his work on the covers for the series of G.I. Joe and Cobra issues soon to be released from IDW.  He is building a very cool looking scenario featuring a number of different characters in a number of different situations, yet making it all blend together quite nicely.

Check out his progress post right here (where he goes through the first two covers) and make sure you keep checking back as I’m sure he’ll post cover #3 as soon as he is able.  Very cool stuff from Robert Atkins.

IDW Previews for Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow 17 and ARAH 182

Wednesday is now on the horizon, which means more new G.I. Joe comics from IDW Publishing.  Tomorrow brings us new issues of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #182.

Check out the previews for these two issues below.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #182

Larry Hama (w) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (a) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (c)

DARKLON IS ON THE LOOSE! G.I. JOE has lost their prisoner, and it’s up to Outback and his team to recover the dangerous villain. Meanwhile, Zartan and COBRA COMMANDER formulate a plan that would move COBRA HQ to another coast. The villains take center stage in this issue of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Variant Larry Hama sketch cover

Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #17

Chuck Dixon (w) • Atilio Rojo (a) • Ken Loh (c)

Is SNAKE EYES an asset to the Arashikage Clan or a liability? That’s a question that STORM SHADOW is asking himself as the wrath of Serpentor is turned upon them and SNAKE EYES becomes a target for the G.I. JOEs! Blistering ninja action and intrigue! Nothing is what it seems and loyalties are questioned as the life of the most dangerous JOE takes a turn!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Variant Robert Atkins cover!

Bullet points:

  • Ninja commando action that never lets up!

What’s on Joe Mind Coil Con 2012 Recap

Anyone who has been going through What’s on Joe Mind withdrawls should have their appetite satisfied this morning with TWO new installments uploaded to our Podbean page!  Gary, Mike, and WOJM stalwart Greg all pitched in to bring us a live episode straight from the site of Coil Con itself.

But wait, that’s not all… we also get whirlwind guest appearances by Fred Doss, Director of and Beachhead from G.I. Joe: Initiate, Robert Atkins, artist from IDW, Todd from Kokomo Toys and Jay Hunger from!  Check out the embedded players below, and Show Notes are after the jump.



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Previews of IDW Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow and Field Manual

Hey, here’s a pleasant surprise.  I was looking for the previews for new comics hitting Wednesday this week, and look at that!  Jim Sorenson’s highly anticipated G.I. Joe: Field Manual has a preview!  According to this book will hit September 11th, and I am really looking forward to checking it out.

Amazon is having an amazing sale on the book right now, too.  Only $10.74, so pre-order that baby using the image link below.

G.I. Joe: Field Manual

Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster  (w) • Various (a) • Bill Forster (c)

Relive your favorite memories of the classic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero cartoon with the G.I. Joe Field Manual, Volume One—an amazing archive of beautiful animation models. From Roadblock to Zartan, from the Skystriker to the H.I.S.S. Tank, from the Weather Dominator to the U.S.S. Flagg, all of your favorite characters, vehicles, and world conquering devices are present in this amazing volume. Thrill to never-before-published production artwork and behind-the-scenes designs that made the classic 80′s Joe cartoon so memorable.

TPB • BW • $19.99 • 208 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-350-5

Bullet points:

  • Compiled and presented by the team behind Transformers: The Ark
  • With over a thousand images from the first sixty five episodes of G.I. Joe and a new foreword from lead designer and comic-book legend Russ Heath.

Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #16

Chuck Dixon (w) • Robert Atkins (a) • Andrea Di Vito (c)

SERPENT’S SHADOW concludes here in the lair of the COBRA Commander! Snake Eyes, Storm shadow and the murderous Rika must free themselves from a trap set by the Commander in the only way they know how—KILL their way out! Will Snake Eyes show his hand and reveal his betrayal of the Arashikage or play this round out to the end?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:

Lee Ferguson & Sal Buscema cover!

Bullet Points:

  • Non-stop ninja and commando action!
  • Featuring the key villain from G.I. JOE: RETALIATION!