The Washington Post Talks G.I.Joe and Dawn Moreno with Larry Hama

There’s a new article in the Washington Post that focuses on Dawn Moreno, the new Snake Eyes from IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero! David Betancourt sat down with the godfather of G.I.Joe, Larry Hama, to discuss the smash hit of the new character. From the article – 

“There is definitely a lot of power in donning the mantle. If Dawn had been just another female ninja, nobody would have cared. It’s the whole idea of Snake Eyes living on inside her that makes her stand out enough for readers to give her continuity a try,” Hama said. “Once their eyes are on the page, you have to present a character they can get into, and a story line to back it all up. Otherwise, it’s just a gimmick like an alternate cover or an imaginary story.”

You can read the piece in its entirety here: ‘G. I. Joe’s’ Latina Snake Eyes is a hit with fans and her creator

Thanks go to Tom Waltz for the heads up! What are your thoughts on the article? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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GIJoeCon 2018 Panel Update – 3DJoes and Kirk Bozigian Present Live Action Commercials

Wow, how’s this for some fantastic news to share on a Friday morning? Carson of 3DJoes has shared some exciting news via the 3DJoes Facebook Page – 

3DJoes and Mr. Kirk Bozigian have once again joined forces to share word of unseen footage from the “first live action G.I.Joe movie”! Kirk Bozigian and Carson will be premiering this heretofore unseen footage at Joe Con! Stay tuned for the panel announcement and time. A collection of 8mm film is currently begin digitized, giving us our first behind-the-scenes footage from the 1991 live action G.I.Joe commercials!

To help get you hyped, check out this mash up video created by Brooklyn Basement Studios. Using live action toy commercial footage and audio clips from the animated series, this trailer imagines the battle of the REAL AMERICAN HEROES vs COBRA in a whole new way!

Make sure to check out their Joe Con 2018 panel and see what magic these 27 year old tapes hold! Are you as excited as we are to check out this footage? Share your excitement with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Custom Modern Era G.I.Joe Stalker By OreoBuilder Customs

Check out this amazing custom Modern Era rendition of the G.I.Joe Ranger, Stalker by Oreobuilder Customs! Here’s the scoop from OB: 

I never had Stalker when I was a kid. None of my friends had the figure either, and he did not figure prominently in any of the few early Marvel issues that I had (5, 11, 12 and 24) so my only early knowledge of the character was through the Sunbow series and the catalogs. As such, when I was collecting and playing with Joes in the early years, Stalker did not really register on my radar. Later, when I was a bit older and just getting out of Joes, I received a copy of Special Missions 17 for Halloween. In the issue, Stalker leads a small team of Joes on a raid of a corporate building. It was only when I started collecting as an adult and I read the whole Marvel run that I developed an appreciation for the character.

For my custom, I stuck close to my established recipe for the other OG13. The Marauder MTF head oozes Stalker in my opinion. The colors match the vintage version as closely as possible as well.

  • Head, hands, beret: Marauder MTF
  • Torso: Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes
  • Arms, legs: DG Duke
  • Web gear: 25th Snake Eyes
  • Weapon: Vintage Stalker
  • Collar: POC Steel Brigade

What’s your take on OB’s vision of Stalker? Pretty flawless if you ask me! Sound off on this custom after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Anniversary Edition Launches Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Get hyped, G.I.Joe fans! In celebration of the release of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #250, IDW Publishing is taking us on a special trip back to where it all started in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1! America’s elite counter-terrorist strike force—code-named G.I. JOE—is the most fearsome rapid-deployment team of all and stands ready to fight—anywhere, any time… any way!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1: Anniversary Edition

Larry Hama (w) • Herb Trimpe & Bob McLeod (a) • Guy Dorian Sr. & Sal Buscema (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

  • To help celebrate the 250th issue of I. Joe: A Real American Hero, read the story that started it all!
  • Reprinting the classic comic!

Will you be adding the Anniversary Edition of G.I.Joe to your collection tomorrow? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Custom Modern Era G.I.Joe Budo By Stronox Customs

Check out this incredible modern era take on the G.I.Joe Samurai, Budo by Stronox Customs! This brilliant update of the classic character is one that I’m sure many would love to add to their collection. 

From Stronox: An updated verison of my original design from years ago…This version blends elements of the traditional samurai with the modern soldier. Very pleased with how he came out! If you are interested in owning this piece, he is available now on eBay by following the link above. As always, thanks for having a look at my work!

This modern era rendition does a fantastic job at capturing the character’s essence.What are your thoughts on this custom G.I.Joe Budo from Stronox Customs? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Creating G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Vol. 5 Has Arrived

If you contributed to the 3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I.Joe ®: A Real American Hero™ Vol. 5 Kickstarter Campaign, then it’s time to get excited! Dan has shared word via the 3 3/4 Inch Joe Facebook Page that volume 5 has arrived! 

The plan is to ship out all orders this weekend. With that said, if you haven’t completed your survey as of yet, please do so. If not, Dan can’t ship your book!

Are you excited to add volume 5 of Creating G.I.Joe A Real American Hero to your bookshelf? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Lifeline Art Print By Robert Atkins Art

Check out this amazing print of the G.I.Joe Medic, Lifeline, by none other than Robert Atkins! Now, Robert makes it clear that he can’t take all of the credit on this amazing piece, as his linework is accompanied by colors from the amazing Simon Gough!

The best part? You could add this print to your collection! All you’ll have to do is head on over to the Robert Atkins Art page on Instagram and send a direct message. Te print will run you $25 USD, comes signed and includes shipping! 

Will you be adding this awesome print of Lifeline to your G.I.Joe collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Cobra Island Flashback Friday – G.I.Joe A Real American Hero For The Nintendo Entertainment System

For this #FlashbackFriday, we’re taking a look at the 1991 G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Game for the Nintendo Entertainment System! 

Way back in 1991 (can you believe that was 27 years ago?!), Taxan published G.I.Joe A Real American Hero for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). Based on Joes from that era, G.I.Joe was a “Run and Gun” style game where you could play as Blizzard, Captain Grid-Iron, Duke, Rock & Roll, and Snake Eyes. Below is a full playthrough of the game, Courtesy of Heroes of Xanadu on YouTube

Did you own G.I.Joe A Real American Hero for NES? What were your thoughts of the game? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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G.I.Joe Beach Head Pencil Commission By Robert Atkins

Check out this amazing G.I.Joe Beach Head art commission by none other than Robert Atkins! Robert created this piece entirely in pencils and it really makes this piece pop. From Robert – 

Penciled #beachhead commission. Another awesome #gijoe character that is always fun to draw. I don’t get many pencil Commission requests, but there are times I just like the look of pencils better than finished inks. #makersgonnamake #comicart

Don’t forget, Robert is going to be at JoeFest Toy & Comic Show in Augusta, GA on April! He is taking pre-orders for commissions and will be available the day of the show for sketches and autographs. He will also have an exclusive JoeFest numbered and signed print only available in Augusta! Get your tickets and prints now: JoeFest Toy & Comic Show Tickets

What are your thoughts on this amazing piece of Beach Head Art? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Custom Modern Era G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Short Fuze By OreoBuilder

Oreobuilder has shared some exciting news: He’s hit his 1,000th Custom, a Modern Era take on Short-Fuze! From OB: 

Well, this is it, my 1000th custom. It may not look like much, but since Short-Fuze was my first Joe figure that I got as a kid, I thought it would be an appropriate choice. 

My first GI Joe figure was straight-arm Short-Fuze. I still remember buying him at Zayre’s department store in May 1983. My mother and grandmother brought my sister and I on a shopping trip across the border in the US. I was 6 at the time. We had spent the day going in and out of various stores and I remember buying (More accurately, my grandmother probably bought for me) some green army men figures and vehicles. Our visit to Zayre’s was our last stop before heading home. When I walked into the toy aisle, I remember vividly a complete end-cap filled with GI Joe figures. All the original 1982 line was there: Stalker, Grunt, Flash, Zap, etc. I spent what seemed like an eternity searching through the pegs to see all the figures. Since we needed to leave, I picked Short-Fuze since he had a visor and what seemed like a cool accessory and we were off. 

Over the next few days, Short-Fuze got a lot of play. He fought against Darth Vader and the evil Empire. He drove the Adventure People’s Rescue Truck and Helicopter. He became friends with Luke Skywalker (before and unfortunate accident deprived Luke of his head). Fortunately, that Fall, I received some cash for my birthday and I was determined to add some more GI Joes to my collection. Lots more Joes followed and the rest is history.

The 25th anniversary version was lackluster in my opinion. It was fine for the time, but can be improved upon now. For my custom, I used his toy look as a reference for my custom rather than giving him his glasses like the comic. I have no memories of him from the comic. For me, Short-Fuze does not wear glasses simply because that is how I knew him growing up. 

Torso: Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes
Head, arms, legs, web gear: DG Duke
Weapon: Vintage Short-Fuze
Helmet, visor: Vintage Battle Gear 
Backpack: POC Steel Brigade
Collar: POC Steel Brigade

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On behalf of all of us here at CobraIsland.com, we salute and congratulate OB on his 1,000th creation! Here’s to 1,000 more! What are your thoughts on Short Fuze? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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