History ComicBook / GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel

27th Nov '15 3:08:23 AM Nohbody
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The primary writer of the comic was LarryHama, who wrote all but a handful of issues over a twelve year run (as well as many of the character bios for the action figures). Prior to the relaunch, Hama had an idea for a MarvelUniverse comic called ''Fury Force'', which would have seen the son of ComicBook/NickFury put together a team to fight Hydra, Marvel's resident terrorist group; his ''G.I. Joe'' series was based primarily on this unused pitch. Despite a large amount of restrictions and interference from Hasbro, Hama was able to make the comic more mature than the cartoon. It allowed bloodied fighting, multifaceted characterization, losses for the heroes, and characters that could be killed off, eventually growing into a functional canon that developed into a fleshed-out background for its universe.

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The primary writer of the comic was LarryHama, who wrote all but a handful of issues over a twelve year run (as well as many of the character bios for the action figures). Prior to the relaunch, Hama had an idea for a MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse comic called ''Fury Force'', which would have seen the son of ComicBook/NickFury put together a team to fight Hydra, Marvel's resident terrorist group; his ''G.I. Joe'' series was based primarily on this unused pitch. Despite a large amount of restrictions and interference from Hasbro, Hama was able to make the comic more mature than the cartoon. It allowed bloodied fighting, multifaceted characterization, losses for the heroes, and characters that could be killed off, eventually growing into a functional canon that developed into a fleshed-out background for its universe.



* BecauseImJonesy: In one issue of the series, Zartan infiltrates the Pit, and moves about shifting his appearance from one Joe to another as he goes. However, he shifts into looking like Gung Ho just as the real Gung Ho enters the room; alerting the Joes to the fact that one of them is an impostor.



* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Since the series began in TheEighties, it was very much on and the Joes had several run-ins with the Soviets and other communist forces. The most frequent of these was the Oktober Guard. In the final run of the series, political reality caught up and they were more or less allies, though the Oktober Guard hadn't fared so well as the Joes in terms of survivability or funding.


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* ConfrontingYourImposter: In one issue of the series, Zartan infiltrates the Pit, and moves about shifting his appearance from one Joe to another as he goes. However, he shifts into looking like Gung Ho just as the real Gung Ho enters the room; alerting the Joes to the fact that one of them is an impostor.
15th Nov '15 11:24:22 AM nombretomado
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* LongRunner: At 155 issues, the original ''G.I. Joe'' is easily the longest-lasting toy tie-in comic. For comparison, for the runners-up, the original ''Transformers'' comic only made it to #80 and ''RomSpaceKnight'' made it to #75. That's without counting the ''Special Missions'' series, Yearbooks, Orders of Battle... oh, and Larry Hama wrote almost every word of it.

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* LongRunner: At 155 issues, the original ''G.I. Joe'' is easily the longest-lasting toy tie-in comic. For comparison, for the runners-up, the original ''Transformers'' comic only made it to #80 and ''RomSpaceKnight'' ''ComicBook/RomSpaceKnight'' made it to #75. That's without counting the ''Special Missions'' series, Yearbooks, Orders of Battle... oh, and Larry Hama wrote almost every word of it.
29th Sep '15 10:44:41 AM kyojikasshu
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* KilledOffForReal: When a character died, nine times out of ten they ''stayed'' dead. A story arc that coincided with the Gulf War in the early 90's had the Joes engaging in a massive campaign against Cobra in the Iraq and Kuwait Expies of Benzheen and Trucial Abysmia. One issue had ''four'' Joes killed by a psychotic Cobra S.A.W. Viper, and later that Viper's armored column kills off all but three of the remaining Joes on the team, not limited to RedShirts and unpopular Joes. This was seen mostly as housecleaning to get rid of a bloated roster of characters who got little to no book time, or were full-on fact unpopular. Some characters ''did'' make reappearances after death, such as [[spoiler:Cobra Commander, who'd been ousted and impersonated; Firefly, who was revealed as a ninja; Dr. Mindbender, who was cloned with cyborg implants; and Zartan, who's a shapeshifter.]] Sometimes this was due to them being KilledOffScreen, or out of extreme annoyance to the writer under pressure due to ExecutiveMeddling. [[spoiler:For example, LarryHama was pressured to kill off Cobra Commander around the time of the 1987 animated movie's release due to Cobra Commander's apparent death in the movie, despite a new Cobra Commander figure being released that year. Hama came up with a story line that had one of his Crimson Guardsmen named Fred VII kill the Commander and take his place leading to an eventual civil war (Fred's incompetence rivaled the real Cobra Commander in the cartoons--shocking since he was a Crimson Guard, the best and brightest). Cobra Commander stayed "dead" for many years having been revived off screen and rebuilding his fortune the same way he did last time--through pyramid and get rich quick schemes, among other means. Upon his reveal as being very much alive in issue 98, he returned to Cobra Island and disposed of his traitorous underlings and became an even bigger madman. Even then, three of those killed off after his return survived being entombed.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: When a character died, nine times out of ten they ''stayed'' dead. A story arc that coincided with the Gulf War in the early 90's had the Joes engaging in a massive campaign against Cobra in the Iraq and Kuwait Expies of Benzheen and Trucial Abysmia. One issue had ''four'' Joes killed by a psychotic Cobra S.A.W. Viper, and later that Viper's armored column kills off all but three of the remaining Joes on the team, not limited to RedShirts and unpopular Joes. This was seen mostly as housecleaning to get rid of a bloated roster of characters who got little to no book time, or were full-on fact unpopular. Some characters ''did'' make reappearances after death, such as [[spoiler:Cobra Commander, who'd been ousted and impersonated; Firefly, who was revealed as a ninja; Dr. Mindbender, who was cloned with cyborg implants; and Zartan, who's a shapeshifter.]] Sometimes this was due to them being KilledOffScreen, or out of extreme annoyance to the writer under pressure due to ExecutiveMeddling. [[spoiler:For example, LarryHama was pressured to kill off Cobra Commander around the time of the 1987 animated movie's release due to Cobra Commander's apparent death in the movie, despite a new Cobra Commander figure being released that year. Hama came up with a story line that had one of his Crimson Guardsmen named Fred VII kill the Commander and take his place leading to an eventual civil war (Fred's incompetence rivaled the real Cobra Commander in the cartoons--shocking since he was a Crimson Guard, the best and brightest).brightest[[note]]Though, Fred's specialty was in engineering and technology, and he had crazy bird man Raptor as his accountant[[/note]]). Cobra Commander stayed "dead" for many years having been revived off screen and rebuilding his fortune the same way he did last time--through pyramid and get rich quick schemes, among other means. Upon his reveal as being very much alive in issue 98, he returned to Cobra Island and disposed of his traitorous underlings and became an even bigger madman. Even then, three of those killed off after his return survived being entombed.]]
22nd Sep '15 8:35:50 AM kyojikasshu
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** After the Baroness had shot Scarlett, he did manage to eke out her name by her bedside. It was the only Snake-Eyes speech bubble in the entire series that wasn't VisibleSilence.
22nd Sep '15 8:28:11 AM kyojikasshu
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** Two of the Joe team's ninjas had the code names Slice and Dice.

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** Two of the Joe team's Cobra's ninjas had the code names Slice and Dice.
22nd Sep '15 8:07:21 AM kyojikasshu
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** The Joes were also sided with Serpentor's side during the Cobra Civil War, as his side offered to return a recently-stolen black box in return for the Joes' aid.
22nd Sep '15 7:49:35 AM kyojikasshu
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* EnemyCivilWar: Destro's Iron Grenadiers vs Cobra Commander's side of Cobra vs Serpentor's side of Cobra (which the Joes reluctantly supported for the return of stolen technology). Although, the Grenadiers never fired a shot at either side; once they established their position on Cobra Island, they literally kicked back and [[SpotOfTea drank tea]] while the two Cobra factions slugged it out until it was over, and Destro simply retrieved the Baroness and left.

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* EnemyCivilWar: Destro's Iron Grenadiers vs Cobra Commander's side of Cobra vs Serpentor's side of Cobra (which the Joes reluctantly supported for the return of stolen technology). Although, the Grenadiers never fired a shot at either side; side[[note]]''technically'', Destro's [=DEMON=] ''did'' fire on the Thunder Machine, but it was only because Thrasher had inadvertently crashed into it and had locked bumpers, and it was the quickest way to dislodge the vehicle[[/note]]; once they established their position on Cobra Island, they literally kicked back and [[SpotOfTea drank tea]] while the two Cobra factions slugged it out until it was over, and Destro simply retrieved the Baroness and left.
22nd Sep '15 7:32:46 AM kyojikasshu
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** The early planes were largely based on some real-life Cool Planes. The Joes' Skystriker was based on the F-14 Tomcat, while the Conquest X-30 was based on the X-29; on Cobra's side, the Rattler was basically a tri-engined, VTOL-capable A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the Night Raven was loosely based on the SR-71 Blackbird. Later planes got a lot more fanciful with their designs.
9th Sep '15 5:36:15 PM nombretomado
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The primary writer of the comic was LarryHama, who wrote all but a handful of issues over a twelve year run (as well as many of the character bios for the action figures). Prior to the relaunch, Hama had an idea for a MarvelUniverse comic called ''Fury Force'', which would have seen the son of NickFury put together a team to fight Hydra, Marvel's resident terrorist group; his ''G.I. Joe'' series was based primarily on this unused pitch. Despite a large amount of restrictions and interference from Hasbro, Hama was able to make the comic more mature than the cartoon. It allowed bloodied fighting, multifaceted characterization, losses for the heroes, and characters that could be killed off, eventually growing into a functional canon that developed into a fleshed-out background for its universe.

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The primary writer of the comic was LarryHama, who wrote all but a handful of issues over a twelve year run (as well as many of the character bios for the action figures). Prior to the relaunch, Hama had an idea for a MarvelUniverse comic called ''Fury Force'', which would have seen the son of NickFury ComicBook/NickFury put together a team to fight Hydra, Marvel's resident terrorist group; his ''G.I. Joe'' series was based primarily on this unused pitch. Despite a large amount of restrictions and interference from Hasbro, Hama was able to make the comic more mature than the cartoon. It allowed bloodied fighting, multifaceted characterization, losses for the heroes, and characters that could be killed off, eventually growing into a functional canon that developed into a fleshed-out background for its universe.
17th Aug '15 3:47:40 PM rjung
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* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation : A variation occurred with the Faceless Master, a member of the the Arashikage ninja clan whose face was always blurred in photographs. He accomplished this by quickly shaking his head just as the shutter clicked, to prevent a clear recording of his features.



* PunnyName: Cutter's real name is Skip A. Stone. You might think he's a navy man, but actually he's from the Coast Guard.

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Cutter's real name is Skip A. Stone. You might think he's a navy man, but actually he's from the Coast Guard.


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** Two of the Joe team's ninjas had the code names Slice and Dice.
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