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Sorry if there's already a thread for this. I've seen reviews and mentions of IDW's G.I. Joe series pop up a lot recently, and as someone who grew up collecting the figures and watching the cartoon, I've been getting interested in reading some of the comics. The problem is that there are so many different volumes under different publishers, and I don't know where to begin, so I'm wondering which ones are worth reading and which ones should be avoided. Thanks.
Hey, there's something about Cobra Commander that always bugs me.
How come sometimes he has an all-encompassing helmet with a silver featureless faceplate◊ while other times, he has a cloth covering his head, which shows nothing but his eyes.◊
I'm kinda curious about why I keep seeing these different appearances and since I don't know the first thing about G.I. Joe apart from some character names, I'd appreciate some info on the matter.
From what I can understand, Cobra was originally made as a byproduct of Marvel's question to Hasbro of who would the G.I. Joe force be fighting against. They decided to make the fraction Cobra and specifically called them terrorists to avoid getting into hot waters of wars with other nation (especially if they are based on the USSR). And Marvel had a template for Cobra, HYDRA. That's why the Commander's first appearance has him wearing a hood.
The battle helmet origin is unknown, but it seems to be made to give Cobra Commander a practical headwear when he goes to battle as being shot in the face is the last thing he wants. That or Hasbro decided to be cheap and simply went with a regular Cobra soldier but make his face completely silver and blank.
The original comics try to painstakingly ensure that Cobra Commander would be wearing his hood in ceremonial occasions or private matters and his battle helmet in field combat. However, it was the Sunbow cartoon that popularized the faceless helmet of Cobra Commander, partially due to the fact that the first toy of his was his battle outfit and that it was easier to animate a character who doesn't have a face than someone who has an elaborate hood with eyes. This explains why cartoon shows tend to feature the faceless Cobra Commander more and why the comics still prefer to use the hooded Cobra Commander for the most part.
Now you know. And Knowing Is Half the Battle.
edited 14th Aug '16 1:37:30 PM by Shadao
Yeah, the idea for what is now GI Joe came from a rejected pitch that Larry Hama made to Marvel, to be called the Fury Force. It was going to be led by the son of Nick Fury, and they were going to fight Hydra. All of the original Joes (Stalker, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Breaker, Flash, etc) were going to be members. When Hasbro went to Marvel to flesh out the characters for the GI Joe toyline, Hama mined his own military experience (he's a 'Nam combat vet, and a military afficianado) and his rejected pitch. Nick Jr. became Hawk, and Hydra became Cobra (Hama has said that he found it particularly odd that Hasbro hadn't thought to give the Joe's an enemy, so he came up with Cobra himself based as says, on Hydra).
Cobra Commander's helmet was also, believe it or not, supposed to be lined with plastic explosives so that it couldn't be removed forcibly without blowing off his head (and likely killing whoever was trying to remove it, one imagines).
Wow, thanks to the both of you. It's kind of surprising how involved the tale of Cobra Commander's helmet is, if I'm honest.
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edited 6th Feb '18 6:25:45 AM by Mishmash
Sorry, wrong place. I think you'll have better luck in Ask The Tropers and/or this thread, or something like that.
edited 8th Feb '18 8:52:05 PM by jameygamer
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