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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3.75 Joe – Creating G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Vol. 5 Kickstarter Campaign Ends Monday, March 19th

The 3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I.Joe ®: A Real American Hero™ Vol. 5 Kickstarter Campaign ends tomorrow, Monday, March 19th and guess what? Volume 5 has reached its funding goal and if all stays on track, will be in our collections before you know it! 

G.I. Joe® is one of the most recognizable and well known action figure lines in history, yet there is no full story showing the creation process of the G.I. Joe®: A Real American Hero™ brand that ran from 1982-1994.

The release of “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” book series, Volume 5! The fifth book in the series, “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero (Volume 5)” is an 80 page, 9”X10” library of designs and stories ranging from 1982-1994, including some unproduced concepts! This fully colored book will be printed on 100# paper in a Soft Perfect Bind format with a visible spine like a graphic novel. Although there have been many books written about G.I. Joe®, what makes “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” series unique is the fact that the information shared within the book comes from exclusive interviews with former employees who worked on the G.I. Joe® brand. Some of the things to expect include:

  • The inspiration and influences behind the different figures and vehicles straight from the designers’ point of view…
  •  Alternate names for figures and vehicles pulled from Larry Hama’s dossiers or from the original concepts themselves…
  • Insider stories from former employees ranging from Marketing to Engineering regarding the changes that occurred during the design process…
  • Conceptual designs and photographs that will show the progression and different stages of creating a figure or vehicle. This includes concept pencils and inks, sculpture sheets, color studies, color presentation art, models, and much much more!

You can get your pledge in here: 3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I.Joe ®: A Real American Hero™ Vol. 5

Make sure to grab volume 1 – 4 at 334inchjoe.com if you haven’t already! Will you be pledging towards volume 5? Let us know after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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3.75 Joe – Creating G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Vol. 5 Kickstarter Campaign Countdown

The 3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I.Joe ®: A Real American Hero™ Vol. 5 Kickstarter Campaign is now at roughly 71% funding! With 4 days to go, we’re so close to making this next volume a reality, so go get your pledge in! 

G.I. Joe® * is one of the most recognizable and well known action figure lines in history, yet there is no full story showing the creation process of the G.I. Joe®: A Real American Hero™ brand that ran from 1982-1994

The release of “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” book series, Volume 5! The fifth book in the series, “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero (Volume 5)” is an 80 page, 9”X10” library of designs and stories ranging from 1982-1994, including some unproduced concepts! This fully colored book will be printed on 100# paper in a Soft Perfect Bind format with a visible spine like a graphic novel. Although there have been many books written about G.I. Joe®, what makes “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” series unique is the fact that the information shared within the book comes from exclusive interviews with former employees who worked on the G.I. Joe® brand. Some of the things to expect include:

  • The inspiration and influences behind the different figures and vehicles straight from the designers’ point of view…
  •  Alternate names for figures and vehicles pulled from Larry Hama’s dossiers or from the original concepts themselves…
  • Insider stories from former employees ranging from Marketing to Engineering regarding the changes that occurred during the design process…
  • Conceptual designs and photographs that will show the progression and different stages of creating a figure or vehicle. This includes concept pencils and inks, sculpture sheets, color studies, color presentation art, models, and much much more!

You can get your pledge in here: 3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I.Joe ®: A Real American Hero™ Vol. 5

Make sure to grab volume 1 – 4 at 334inchjoe.com if you haven’t already! Will you be pledging towards volume 5? Let us know after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Tom Waltz Shares Page From IDW Publishings G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 251

Today via Twitter, Mr. Tom Waltz shared this awesome page from the upcoming issue of IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero, the start of the Special Missions Arc, #251! This issue features the G.I.Joe Ranger, Stalker as he deals with demonds from his past. From Tom – 

In A Real American Hero #251, “Special Missions” Part 1, will be dealing with ghosts from the past. Angry ghosts. Story by living legend & art by with colors by . April 2018. JOIN THE G.I. JOE ARMY!

I know I speak for many when I say we can’t wait to dig in to this new Special Missions series! Are you excited to read #251? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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John Royle Teases IDW Publishing’s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 254 Cover

Today via his Instagram Page, Mr. John Royle shared a zoomed in look at his cover for IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #254. The cover depicts our favorite Arms Dealer, Destro, taking aim with a Cobra S.N.A.K.E. Unit following close behind! These Special Missions offerings are shaping up to be all sorts of cool! 

From John – 

Zoomed in Friday peek of my New GI.Joe cover issue 254 starring Destro and a S.N.A.K.E unit! Great inks jagdish and cool colour James Offredi, full peek soon! love drawing Destro! 🙂#gijoe #gijoecobra #cobra#cobrasnake #johnroyleart #idw #hasbro#comic #comicart #comicartist #cover#coverartist #variant #variantcover#deserteagle #coverpencil #pencil #art #draw#comicpencils #ink #destro #cobradestro#lineart #sketch #wip #workinprogress#comicbook #photoshop #illustration

Are you as excited to add this issue to your collection as we are? Sound off on the Cobra Island Forums

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Tom Waltz Shares Cover For IDW Publishings G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 250

Today via Twitter, Mr. Tom Waltz shared this awesome cover for the upcoming issue of IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero, the special over sized issue #250! This issue brings us to the end of the Dawn of the Arashikage story arc and needless to say, it’s been an amazing ride so far, so we can’t wait to see what this issue brings! The Cover depicts both versions of Snake Eyes alongside Stalker and Scarlett, perched upon what appears to be an upgraded version of the G.I.Joe Chimera. From Tom – 

A little : A Real American Hero #250 cover goodness from ! Part 5 of 5 is almost ready to go to the printer, folks! It’s gonna be one helluva arc finale!

On behalf of all Cobra Island inhabitants, we congratulate IDW, Tom, Larry, Netho, Milen, John and everyone we may have missed on the success! As Tom noted, it’s been one helluva arc! Are you excited to read #250? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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