Yo Joe! I mean, Yo Will! My very first comic book was GI Joe 24, back in the 80's. I don't know if you feel the same way about GI Joe as I do, but working on a project like this would've been a dream come true to someone like me!Pages look good, hope they keep you on the book a long long time.
Thanks!I bought issue #1 of Joe at the candy store on washington avenue in brooklyn back in 4th grade. I've been hooked ever since then. GIJoe was my first comic job back in '93. I've always wanted to draw the book and have twice in my life.
You bought GI Joe, I bought GI Joe. We're practically related!I wish I'd been on board with issue one tho.But GI Joe #24 was special, and not because it was my first comic book. It was drawn by Russ Heath, the CHARACTER DESIGNER for the Hasbro cartoon show.Naturally I worshiped the cartoon like every other kid from my generation. I had the action figures, but didn't know they had a comic book at the time. Usually when an artist tries to imitate the style of a cartoon show, it'll be like those Disney or Hannah Barbera coloring books where the characters will always be slightly off. I knew the artwork in a GI JOE coloring book would probably be just as lame, but when some kid lent me his copy of GI Joe 24 I checked it out anyway. My jaw dropped. The artwork in GI Joe 24 was BETTER than PERFECT! Everyone was ON MODEL. The cartoon show was the best thing I'd ever seen, but this comic book somehow surpassed it! I couldn't believe my eyes. I immediately got that kid to give me his copy for twenty five cents, and I have read it hundreds of times since. Unfortunately, issue 24 spoiled me forever, it became the standard by which I judged all other comics, but the damage was already done: I was comic book junkie. To this day, whenever I think GI Joe, I think 80's cartoon show and Russ Heath's GI Joe #24.
Russ Heath did a lot of war comics so i'm sure he felt at home with GIJOE. I always try to make Duke Like his Duke. I think he also reintroduced Baroness in that issue. She was burned in issue 16 "Night attack" and captured by Joe then rescued in issue 19 i think and sent away for plastic surgery. I think that's how it goes... been a while. I think Russ did the nice shot of the reclining Baroness in the battle leathers... I loved the old cartoon until I saw GIJOE resolute. That blew me away. more of a sense of danger in Resolute and less clowning around.
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