IDW Publishing G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 251 Special Missions 5 Page Preview

G.I.Joe A Real American Her #251 from IDW Publishing drops tomorrow and with it, the start of Special Missions! CobraIsland.com is pleased to bring you a 5 page preview of this awesome new book featuring the G.I.Joe Green Beret, Stalker! Here’s the scoop: 

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #251

Larry Hama (w) • Alex Sanchez  (a & cover a) • John Royle (cover b)

“Special Missions,” Part 1 (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 artists to draw them! In this issue, artist Alex Sanchez (Max Ride: First Flight) joins forces with Larry to present G.I. Joe’s Ranger extraordinaire: STALKER!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 

  • “Special Missions” will consist of five issues of standalone stories featuring the best heroes and worst villains of G.I. Joe lore, culminating in a special oversized issue #255!
  • Each issue will feature a 1/10 retailer incentive cover featuring the sketch artwork by Larry Hama upon which each individual story is based!

Will you be adding G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #251 – Special Missions to your collection? Sound off on the Cobra Island Forums

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Cobra Island Invades East Coast Comic Con 2018

This past Saturday I had the pleasure to attend the 2018 East Coast Comic Con. Among those in attendance were the great Larry Hama, Michael Golden, Mike Zeck, Mark Pingitore (of G.I. Jokes fame) and many more talented people who have worked on our beloved G.I. Joe over the years.

It was quite a fun atmosphere with friendly fans. I was able to secure the “Great Lakes Comic Con” Variant of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #224 and have it signed in person by both Writer Larry Hama and Cover Artist Mike Zeck. I also got some awesome prints signed by Mike Zeck and Michael Golden. I met a fantastic artist and bought a couple of amazing G.I. Joe/Cobra Prints from artist George Vega.

There were tons of dealers with more comics than you could imagine. Unfortunately for me, I have been in search of a couple of series that don’t fall into the Superhero genre, so they were impossible to find at this convention. If you were looking for Superhero books though, this was the place. I saw books from the 1940’s right up through to today, along with pages of original comic book art for sale.

The TV Celebrity guests included the cast of “Starsky and Hutch“, Butch “Eddie Munster” Patrick, Mickey Dolenz of “The Monkees”, Lee Meriwether (Catwoman in the 1960’s Batman), David Yost (The Original Blue Power Ranger) and some famous TV Cars, like the Batmobile, The Munster Mobile and a few screen-used Gran Torino’s from “Starsky and Hutch”.

The lines for most signings were quite reasonable. The only line that was absolutely insane was that of Jim Starlin, the creator of Thanos. With the villain shattering box office records in this past weekend’s release of “Avengers: Infinity War”, that was no surprise.

To sum it all up, it was a fantastic day full of fun, meeting other fans, meeting creators and just hanging out with many like-minded individuals. I can’t recommend the experience enough.

We’ve gathered a gallery of images from the event, so make sure to read more below to see first hand shots from the Convention. Get in in the #ECCC2018 discussion in progress on the Cobra Island Forums. 

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Tom Waltz Builds Hype for IDW Publishings G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Special Missions on Twitter

If you’re not following Mr. Tom Waltz on Twitter, then you don’t know what you’re missing, as this Gentleman knows how to build HYPE! Just yesterday he shared 3 amazing pieces, all pertaining to the upcoming Special Missions story arch starting with IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #251. 

While we’re on the topic of #251, I’d like to issue a retraction and off an apology – This past Tuesday I noted that Issue #251 should be on stands on the 25th (yesterday). Please note that  this information was not correct; Issue #251 will be available next week, May 2nd. Apologies for any confusion and/or inconvenience I may have caused. 

Now, back to Special Missions! Tom shared 2 pages from upcoming issues, along with an announcement regarding the cover of issue #255, the special oversized conclusion of the Special Missions arc. Here’s the scoop:

  • In issue #251, Special Missions #1, prepare to give and take fire with Stalker! As noted above, this issue will be on stands May 2nd. 
  • In Issue #252, Special Missions Part 2, the Baroness means business (and then some!) 
  • Issue #255 will have a special Retailer Incentive Cover, a Tri-Fold (gatefold) cover featuring a Plethora of Cobra Baddies! 

As if the Special Missions news wasn’t enough to get you going, Tom also shared some ARAH Goodness in the form of a Top Secret G.I.Joe project coming in September! Keep an eye out for the announcement from IDW Publishing and of course right here on the Island. 

That 255 Tri-Fold <3 We can’t wait to add the Special Missions story arc to our collection, but this special project coming in September has us all sorts of excited! What about you? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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IDW Publishings G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 251 Launches Tomorrow

Heads Up, Cobra Island! Don’t forget that tomorrow, IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero will be available at your favorite comic book shop! Issue #251 kicks off a 5 book story arc, Special Missions. Here’s the scoop from IDW – 

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #251—Cover A: Alex Sanchez / Cover B: John Royle

Larry Hama (w) • Alex Sanchez  (a & c) • John Royle (c)

“Special Missions,” Part 1 (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 artists to draw them! In this issue, artist Alex Sanchez (Max Ride: First Flight) joins forces with Larry to present G.I. Joe’s Ranger extraordinaire: STALKER!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

  • “Special Missions” will consist of five issues of standalone stories featuring the best heroes and worst villains of G.I. Joe lore, culminating in a special oversized issue #255!

Each issue will feature a 1/10 retailer incentive cover featuring the sketch artwork by Larry Hama upon which each individual story is based! Are you excited for the start of the Special Missions Arc? Join us after the break for discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Tom Waltz Shares Covers and Panels from IDW Publishings G.I.Joe A Real American Hero

Mr. Tom Waltz, Editor Extraordinaire at IDW Publishing, has set Twitter on FIRE over the last 24 hours, sharing a collection of amazing artwork from IDW Publishing’s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero. 

First up, Tom shared an exquisite cover for ARAH #257. The cover depict Ace  showing off his aerial skills over a squadron of Cobra Night Ravens. That wasn’t the only cover shared, as we also get a look at the Retailer Incentive cover for ARAH #256! This RI Cover is chock full of characters from Dawn Moreno to Low Light! 

Covers weren’t the only pieces that Tom shared, as we also got to feast our eyes on panels from the upcoming Special Missions Arc, including ARAH #251 featuring Stalker, ARAH #252 featuring the Baroness and ARAH #253 featuring Duke! 

Get ready, folks, as there’s a whole bunch of awesome inbound from IDW. Which of these issues are you most excited for? Let us know after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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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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IDW Publishing G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Cover Sketches By Larry Hama

Over on Facebook, Mr. Larry Hama has shared a handful of sketches that represent his versions of upcoming issues of IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero! Issues #151 through #155 represent the “Special Missions” story arc, with a focus on a primary character. The sketches shared include:

  • Stalker
  • Scarlett
  • Destro and his Despoiler
  • Duke and Roadblock

Special Missions kicks off soon, so get ready! What are your thoughts on Larry’s sketches? 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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More Larry Hama Sketches Now Available On eBay

Want to add an original sketch from Larry Hama to your G.I.Joe collection? Well then you’re in luck! Mr. Hama has put another pair of fantastic sketches (pictured here) on his eBay account for your bidding pleasure! Up for bid are: 

Both sketches are original pencil drawings on 8 1/2 X 11″ two-ply card stock and are signed and dated by Larry Hama. Will you be throwing your hat in to the ring and bidding on either the B.A.T. or Tommy Sketch? Let us know 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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