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G.I. Joe (comic)

Marvel comic running from 1982 to 1994

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  • Aug 3, 2010
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Classic reads that took a more "serious" look at the toy and cartoon world of everyones favorite toy military man. Written with a serious touch on the material by Larry Hama who made the combat real given the toy trappings he was working off of and the far Eastern ninja philosophies respectful and not corny.
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review by . August 03, 2010
Those chilling words spoken by the masked man and bane of GI Joe's existance were spoken in the very first issue.  Cobra Commander.  Quite a different thing to hear from what is often written off as a silly cartoon from the 80's isn't it?      We all know the catchphrases, the toys it's silly cartoon movie and it's fun but largely stupid live action movie, but one important piece of Joe information lies unturned by many, it's comics and largely …
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A Real American Hero (Main series)

Hasbro relaunched their G.I. Joe franchise with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, which was supported by a Marvel Comics series of the same name. It was unique at the time in that it was a comic book series that was promoted on television commercials which also supported the toy line. This 155-issue series is considered to be one of the longest-running comic book tie-ins to a toy line. Much of its success is to be credited to Larry Hama, who wrote the entire series save for a few issues with guest writers. Rather than treating the stories as a mere promotion for the toys, Hama wrote the series with seriousness and infused it with doses of realism, humor, and drama. Other than Transformers, no other series was able to duplicate its success. Notable artists include Herb Trimpe, Ron Wagner, Rod Whigham, and Marshall Rogers.

Issue #21 has been recognized as a modern comic classic,[1] not only because the Cobra ninja Storm Shadow was introduced, but that issue also became a prime example of comics' visual storytelling power, having no dialogue or sound effects.

A number of differences existed between the comic book and the animated TV series. Certain characters who were very prominent in the comic book, such as Stalker, were featured very little in the cartoon, while characters who were less prominent in the comic book, such as Shipwreck, were very prominent ...

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