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--I'm still going to tag this with char: Megatron, though Jetfire would have made more sense in context. Also this issue has a cover date of June '87, the last issue of G.I. Joe and the Transformers was dated April '87... I think this was Larry's subtle way of saying the Transformers only existed as toys in the G.I. Joe world even though that would later prove false .

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"There are some missions so secret, so sensitive that even the Joes who go on them are told only the bare minimum, on a strictly need-to-know basis. As far as the other Joes are concerned, these missions never existed these are the: G.I. Joe Special Missions"

--From the title page of the the short feature "Best Defense," in G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #50

The first Special Missions series was title that allowed Larry Hama to take the Joe characters out of the Joe vs Cobra military fantasy setting (though Cobra still appears in some of the stories), and put them into a slightly more realistic, and hard-edged setting. In this story the American government makes a deal with a Nazi war criminal, and sends in the Joe team to extract him, only for them to run afoul of the Mossad.


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You know I wasn't going ton post another GI Joe/TF crossover so soon, but I need a more rational version of this, in light of that weird version's continued weirdness.



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"Any time I'd write a panel that I thought could be drawn, I felt guilty because I didn't think I was doing it right. Every panel should be something that can’t be drawn, because that’s what Tom draws. He draws impossible panels. You throw out all the possible stuff that you put down, and that’s pretty much the opposite of every instinct I’ve been hit with for the past ten years." - co-writer John Barber

"All other versions of Transformers and G.I.Joe are Apocrypha." -- artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

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"My goal right now is to top Kirby. To attempt any less is failure." -- series artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

From this year's Free Comic Book Day:

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Last time the GI Joes were big dumb soldiers who on the orders of a Senator who is very quick to suggest the destruction of her pet project, a flying nuclear power plant, destroyed Bumblebee after he saved a little kid. The Insecticon Bombshell was able to gang access to the plant, and a none too happy Superion showed up wanting to know what happened to his friend.




Also I love this cover, it's movie night at Shockwave's house! Get down Ravage!

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So when I was posting Snake-eyes comics before I can't believe I failed to include these two issues...

In this post: Scarlet meets Snake-eyes for the first time, Storm Shadow address the accusation that he is to blame for the Hard Master's Death, the real killer's motive, and the birth of Cobra.

Also meet Mrs. Cobra Commander




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The Penultimate issue of Marvel's GI Joe series (and a rare non-Larry Hama issue)... features Roadblock getting more than he bargained for on his vacation.






I'm tired of these ****-ing Cobras, on this ****-ing plane! )
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In 2001 Devils Due Productions (at the time publishing through Image and later on their own), acquired the license to publish GI Joe comics, and opted to continue where Larry Hama's marvel run left off (in addition to a Ultimates style reboot, and a new Transformers crossover continuity but those came later). Over their 7 year run they introduced a lot of new concepts, and characters.

Inevitably they also touched on some ground that Larry Hama later would with his own version of the post Marvel events, though in very different ways.

Sean Collins in both universes joins the GI Joe team: as Snake-eyes Ninja apprentice Kamakura in DDP, and as Throwdown in IDW, for example.

And in both universes Snake-eyes dies )

And I swear that'll be my last Joe related post for a while... probably.
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So now that we've gotten to know Snake-eyes a little better, it's time to say our farewells.



Equivalent of Four Pages from GI Joe 213: Spoilers... Obviously )

Missing Tag: Creator: S.L. Gallant
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I'll leave off the Snake-eyes retrospective for the moment with the final Marvel issue of GI Joe, and the last installment of the ARAH continuity until DDP relaunched it in 2001 until IDW continued it in 2010.


Young Sean Collins, the adopted son of a former Crimson Guard (to simplify a long story), is about to turn 17 and wants his father to sign his papers allowing him to join the army. His father convinces him to write a letter to Snake-eyes, asking for an honest perspective on what it means to be a soldier. The letter arrives on the day the GI Joe base is going to be mothballed for the foreseeable future.





What follows is break from the fantasy adventure story of GI Joe, for something a little bleaker.



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After reading Snake-eyes letter Sean decides he needs to put more thought into the matter. In one universe he will become Snake-eyes ninja apprentice, in another he will join the GI Joe team as a more conventional soldier.


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So when I originally started this spat of GI Joe scans it was with the intent of exploring the character of Snake-eyes, we went off the rails there with the Ninja Force/Transformers arc... That had a lot of Snake in it, but I just found myself naturally more attracted to Scarlett's story.

Let's get back on track shall we, here is the story of how Snake-eyes became mute.



Following the Battle of Millville, Scarlett, and Snake-eyes are ordered to report to the Pentagon for a debrief, they want to know exactly what happened to Dr. Biggles-Jones (Which implies that Larry didn't consider Simon Furman's Gen 2 issue to be in continuity? Or is this a simple mix-up?)

Riding together in the chopper brings back some painful memories for Hawk, Scarlett, Stalker, and Snake-eyes.

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When last we left Megatron he had captured Dr. Biggles-Jones, and Cobra Commander had been left with a fraction of the promised Cybertronian tech, but a fraction that could still be dangerous in his hands.

5 1/3 out of the 16 page main story 2 1/3 of the 7 page backup )

Missing Tags: Creator: Manny Galan, Creator: Andrew Wildman
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When last we left off Megatron had touched the Ark down in a Cobra occupied town in America so that he could give Cobra Commander some of the tech contained there in as payment for his new body... but Megatron has something else that interests him, a reason he is continuing to deal with Cobra.




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Last time Scarlett had been stabbed in the chest by Snake-eyes, and the Cobra Ninjas were, correctly, suspecting her of still working for GI Joe cause Snake-eyes never misses. But since there are more Transformers fans here than Joe fans we'll have to side skirt her story for the next couple issues (though don't worry we'll get back to her), cause here's Megatron.

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When last we left off Scarlett, and weapons designer Doctor Biggles Jones had just agreed to join Cobra.


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