Collecting the art of G.I. Joe: Volume 5 (1990-1992) now on Kickstarter

3DJoes shared word yesterday that Collecting the art of G.I.Joe Volume 5 (1990-1992) is now live on Kickstarter! It’s no surprise that volume 5 has already blown through it’s initial goal funding of $11K, so by pledging you’re already guaranteed a copy. The fun part? One of the stretch goals is for Volume 6 which will cover 1993 – 1994. To hit this goal, the campaign must reach $22K…but at $15K after just one day, things are looking very hopeful!

Thanks to Chad Hucal, 3DJoes is ready to go to press with Volume 5! Volume 1 featured 62 unique pieces of art, Volume 2 featured 95, Volume 3 featured 126, and Volume 4 featured 147. Volume 5 is bigger than ever, featuring 158 unique pieces of art and covering three years of material! 

The cover will once again be card stock with an AccuFoil print, and the 80# pages will be saddle stitched, so the two page 11×16” spreads can lay flat and art will not be lost to the gutter! You’ll be glad to know the price hasn’t changed, we’re holding the line at $35 for the Accufoil Softcover. We’ve mirrored the tiers below, so make sure to read on to check them out. 

Will you be getting in on Volume 5? Or will you be going in for both Volume 5 & 6 like we did? Join in on the discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums

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Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 5 (1990-1992) Is Heading To Kickstarter

Word has come in from our friends from 3D Joes have shared more exciting news regarding Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 5 (1990-1992). The next volume is almost ready for Kickstarter! From Carson – 

Here’s some interesting history we’ve gleaned from the Hasbro tour, HasCon displays, and recently acquired artifacts. From 1982-1988 all explosion backgrounds were painted and horizontal lines drawn along with the figure. We even saw Tiger Force Duke on tour at Hasbro during HasCon and he’s fully repainted, including the tiger stripe background. In 1989, things changed. The Python Patrol and Slaughter’s Marauders backgrounds were added in a step separate from the painting (we saw the original Python CG painting with the 1985 CG explosion background on tour at Hasbro during HasCon).

The sub-line backgrounds (Python Patrol, Slaughter’s Marauders, Sonic Fighters, Eco Warriors, Super Sonic Fighters, DEF, Ninja Force, and Talking Battle Commanders) were all added separately in post. By now desktop publishing was readily available, so we can assume that step happened digitally, since the only painting artifacts we’ve seen are the figures themselves.

The horizontal lines for the main Joe line continued through 1992, but they were likely added in post beginning in 1990. From 1986-1989 the artist avoiding having the figures and vehicles overlap with the horizontal lines, but by 1990 that was no longer a challenge when adding them in post and thus happened much more frequently.

By 1993, all carded figures were painted without backgrounds, and those were added in post. These Kodak Ektachromes show the 1992 DEF figures and the 1990 Cobra Hurricane paintings without backgrounds.

We’ve mirrored the shared images below,  Are you as excited as we are to add Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe Volume 5 to your collection? Will you be circling back to pick up previous volumes, or do you already own them all? Get in on the discussion on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe Volume 5 From 3DJoes.com Is Picking Up Steam

Usually vehicles and playsets received product photos to show off the play features… but not the Hammerhead! The Hammerhead received a huge inset painting with fun details such as S.A.W.-Viper, the fiercest of the Cobras, manning his underwater craft without scuba gear.

Our friends from 3DJoes.com are excited to note that volume 5 is picking up steam; Carson & Company have finished collecting, documenting, and restoring every retail figure, vehicle and playset from 1990-1992, so next up is book layout and restoration of the last several peripheral pieces and then they’re ready to Kickstart!

If you haven’t already, make sure to prep for volume 5 by picking up volumes 1 through 4:

Or get the complete Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volumes 1–4 (1982–1989) series and save $10 off the cover price! Are you as excited as we are to add Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe Volume 5 to your collection? Will you be circling back to pick up previous volumes, or do you already own them all? Get in on the discussion on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Steel City Publishing Teases Potential 3 3/4 Inch Joe Volume 5 Breakdown

Mr. Dan Klingensmith Jr. has shared a potential breakdown of volume 5 in his series of books via the 3 3/4 Inch Joe Facebook Page and the list is quite impressive! For those unfamiliar with Dan’s books (highly unlikely, but just in case), here’s a brief synopsis: 

 The “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” series is a library of designs and stories ranging from 1982-1994, including some unproduced concepts! Volume 1 – 4 are fully colored books, printed on 100# paper in a Soft Perfect Bind format with a visible spine like a graphic novel, so there’s no reason to believe that volume 5 will be any different.

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!

The list of characters and vehicles that we could potentially see in volume 5 is as follows:

1982 Stalker * 1982 F.L.A.K. * 1982 Stalker * 1982 F.L.A.K. * 1983 Airborne * 1983 Pac Rat Missile Launcher * 1983 Pac Rat Machine Gun
1983 Pac Rat Flamethrower * 1985 Barbecue * 1985 Quick Kick * 1986 Monkey Wrench * 1986 Low-Light * 1987 Techno-Viper * 1987 Fast Draw
1987 Persuader  * 1987 Back Stop * 1988 Toxo-Viper * 1988 Charbroil  * 1989 Scoop * 1989 H.E.A.T.-Viper * 1989 Aero Viper * 1989 Condor Z-25 
1990 Laser Viper * 1990 Decimator * 1990 Hammerhead  * 1990 Ambush * 1991 Heavy-Duty * 1991 Desert Scorpion * 1992 Eel * 1992 Earthquake
 * 1992 Wetsuit * More!

Make sure to grab volume 1 – 4 at 334inchjoe.com if you haven’t already! What are your thoughts on the potential line up for 3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero volume 5? Let us know after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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