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

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

Oreobuilder is counting down to his 1,000th Custom and has shared #997, his Custom Modern Era G.I.Joe Barbecue! From OB: 

I remember seeing Barbecue for the first time in the old Marvel comic issue 41. It was one of a handful of issues that I had as a kid. It is still one of my favorites. In it, the Joes attack Cobra Island to kick Cobra out before it gets recognized as sovereign territory. Barbecue plays a small but memorable (at least to a kid) role. He uses his fireman’s axe to smash the glass canopy on a HISS tank and take out the driver. 

For my custom, I knew I needed to re-use the 25th torso and accessories, but looked at surrounding it with better parts. I kept the upper arms as they are well detailed, have good articulation (with a little trimming) and have the logo on the shoulder that I wanted to keep. After that, I tried to pick modern parts that had similar characteristics to achieve the vintage look. I went back and forth for the head. And finally settled on dremeling the vintage one. I have never been satisfied with the 25th version. Finally, I have a version of Barbecue that reflects the vintage version well and is not a Snow Job repaint.

Head: Vintage Barbecue
Torso, upper arms, accessories: 25th Barbecue
Lower arms: Retaliation GI Joe Trooper
Upper legs: 50th Outback
Lower legs: 50th HEAT Viper

What are your thoughts on OreoBuilder’s custom Barbecue? 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 Cobra Battle Game

For this #FlashbackFriday, we’re taking a look at the 1982 G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Cobra Battle Game courtesy of Tooele Toys

The premise of the game is to launch missiles at your opponent’s base in order to knock panels off of their station. You’ll note that the package design is similar to that G.I.Joe vehicles & playsets that were released in the early 80’s. There was even a commercial for the game; Check it out, courtesy of 3DJoes! – 

Did you have the G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Cobra Battle Game? If given the chance, would you add this classic piece to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Limited Stock of IDW Publishings G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #246 Exclusive Cover and Art Left

As of the time of this post, there are only 2 of IDW Publishing’s G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero #246 Exclusive Cover & Art sets left! The set includes: 

  • Limited-Edition Variant of G.I. Joe Real American Hero 246 featuring cover art by Netho Diaz
  • Signed by legendary G.I. Joe writer, Larry Hama
  • Featuring an original sketch from series artist, Netho Diaz
  • Only 2 of 40 left available!

“Dawn of the Arishikage,” Part One! While opposing forces—both good and evil—battle to control the young ninja Dawn Moreno, she fights her own personal war within her fragile mind… one that will change the pages of I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO forever! It’s the dawning of a new age, where old meets new, bloody past collides with an even bloodier present… and an ALL-NEW SNAKE-EYES RISES FROM THE ASHES!

The pictured hand-drawn artwork is a representative example. Netho Diaz has drawn 40 uniquely different, completely original pieces of art for this project. The artwork you receive is one of a kind and may not match the image shown in this photograph.

Will you be adding this exclusive Cover & Art set to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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IDW Publishing’s June 2018 G.I.Joe Solicitations Now Available

The June 2018 G.I.Joe solicitations from IDW Publishing are here! The first month of Summer brings us G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #253,  part 3 of the Special Missions Story Arc. with a focus on Duke! June also brings us G.I.Joe A Real American Hero vol. 20, a TPB that collects G.I.Joe Issues #246 – #250, the full “Dawn of the Arashikage” story arc! 

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #253—Cover A: Brian Shearer / Cover B: John Royle

Larry Hama (w) • Brian Shearer (a & c) • John Royle (c)

“Special Missions,” Part 3 (of 5). G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? Living legend Larry Hama shares some of their amazing stories in “Special Missions”—one-shot stories featuring a variety of characters and different artists to draw them! This issue, longtime G.I. Joe alum Brian Shearer joins forces with Larry to present G.I. Joe’s intrepid first sergeant without equal: DUKE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

  • Pencil art variant cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 20

Larry Hama (w) • Netho Diaz (a & c)

While opposing forces–both good and evil–battle to control the young ninja, Dawn Moreno, she fights her own personal war within her fragile mind… one that will change the pages of G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO forever! It’s the dawning of a new age, where old meets new, bloody past collides with an even bloodier present… and an ALL-NEW SNAKE EYES RISES FROM THE ASHES! Collects issues #246–250.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-257-8

  • Advance solicited for July release!
  • The complete smash-hit “Dawn of the Arashikage” story arc!

Are you excited for what’s coming our way in June? Join us after the break for discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums!

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American Hero G.I.Joe Art Book Series By Dave Dorman

Dave Dorman is a name that’s synonymous with amazing artwork; Be it Star Wars, Comics or just Fantasy art, chances are there’s a piece of Mr. Dorman’s work in your collection. That said, did you know that Dave also created a ton of amazing G.I.Joe artwork? That’s where the American Hero series of art books comes in! 

For those not familiar with Dave’s AMERICAN HERO books, here is a brief synopsis: Between the mid 1980’s thru the early 90’s, Dave had the great pleasure to work with Hasbro toys producing art for in-house use helping create the design of GI Joe action figures. This work was for production only and not intended for reproduction, promotion, or packaging. Dave have had many fans over the years ask about this art. Because there is continued interest to this day to see these unpublished pieces, Dave has taken your wishes and decided to publish some of these in a series of small books. While there have been a few articles in collector’s magazines and online interviews about this work, and a few scattered publication of a couple of pieces, this will be the first real collection of Dave’s Hasbro work from this period.

The art featured in the books are full color paintings produced to make the GI Joe toy figures look as if they would in real life. Dave also features some of the pencil preliminary work that went into his painting preparation. The art covers both Joe and Cobra and some variations of uniforms not produced. Dave has kept film of these works in my archives, as he does with all of his artworks, and so the reproduction of the art is the best you will find.

In September 2015, Dave published the final volume of his AMERICAN HERO series. This is a matching edition to the previous books as well in size and design. This will most likely be the last of these books as Dave has searched his archives and can not find any more examples to show. He hope you enjoy this final edition!

The books are 6″ x 9″ full color with card stock cover, 24 pages including cover. All copies are signed by the artist, Dave Dorman.

Volumes 1 & 2 are on sale for $10, whereas volume 3 will run you $20. This is one G.I.Joe art series you won’t want to miss out on, so make sure to add all 3 to your cart! Special thanks goes to the fine folks at The Fightin’ 788th for the intel. Will you be adding Mr. Dorman’s American Hero Art Book series to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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ToyHypeUSA Interviews G.I.Joe A Real America Hero Toy Designer Guy Cassaday

Mr. Anthony Scott over at ToyHypeUSA has sat down with G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero Toy Design Legend, Mr. Guy Cassady! 

During HasCon in September 2018, Anthony had a chance to sit next to Guy at the G.I. Joe Legends Dinner and had the opportunity to discuss toys, hear stories of his time working at Hasbro and more. Mr. Cassaday is credited with many vehicles that many of us played with as a child, and in this interview he discusses some of these creations.

Make sure to check out the full interview here: G.I. Joe: A Real America Hero Toy Designer Legend Guy Cassaday Interview

It’s always great to hear/read the thoughts of the folks behind our favorite modern army action figures. What’s your take on ToyHypeUSA’s interview with Guy Cassaday? Share your thoughts with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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