G.I. Joe

Origin Story Episode 32

Origin Story Episode 32 Website CoverIt’s the penultimate episode of Origin Story! This time around, a huge storyline ends in G.I. Joe #66 and Captain America’s new look get profiled in Marvel Age #57.

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Origin Story Episode 31

Origin Story Episode 31 Website CoverWhen an American computer engineer seems to have gone rogue and started working with the Soviets in Southeast Asia, a select team of Joes have to go in to take care of him.  It’s a kinda/sorta crossover with “In Country” in G.I. Joe Special Missions #8.  Plus, I … well, I not so much reminisce as complain about the 1987 Mets and Terry F—ing Pendelton.

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Origin Story Episode 29

Origin Story Episode 29 Website CoverThe Joes and Cobras fight high above the Earth in G.I. Joe #65, Frank Castle takes on a cult leader in The Punisher #4 and I look at what’s going on the Marvel Universe with Marvel Age #56. Plus … MEAT LOAF!!!

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And here are some covers and scans from these issues …

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Origin Story Episode 26

Origin Story Episode 26 Website CoverKraven’s Last Hunt enters its second half as Spidey crawls out of the grave (quite literally) in Web of Spider-Man #32. Plus, I talk about why G.I. Joe Yearbook #3 is so important to me as a comics reader.

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Origin Story Episode 24

Origin Story Episode 24 Website CoverWe know who’s behind Cobra Commander’s armor, but do the Baroness and Serpentor? One of them is going to find out in G.I. Joe #64. Then, we’re going to find out what’s going in the entire Marvel Universe (and the New Universe) in Marvel Age #55.

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And as promised, here are some scans from the interior of Marvel Age #55 …

The cover story, about Iron Man.

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The Warriors Three story featuring Charles Vess artwork.

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The New Talent Department with some gorgeous Black Widow panels.

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The Hulk house ad with art by Todd McFarlane.

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The calendar from the back cover.

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Origin Story Episode 22

Origin Story Episode 22 Website CoverAfter looking at another issue of G.I. Joe Special Missions where a few Joes pull off a perfect A-Team-esque caper, I begin what I consider one of the highlights of the summer of 1987 and that’s “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” which starts in Web of Spider-Man #31.

Plus … I strap an onion to my belt and decide to ramble on about turning 40.

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Origin Story Episode 20

Origin Story Episode 20 Website CoverCharles and Diana … Luke and Laura … Peter Parker and Mary Jane … all couples whose weddings were the must-see events of the 1980s. This episode, I’ll be taking a look at that last one, as I look at both The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 and Marvel Age #54. Plus, I’ll also be continuing my look at the “Joes in Captivity” storyline with G.I. Joe #63.

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And as a bonus, here are some scans from the inside of Marvel Age #54 that feature the wedding of Spider-Man and Mary Jane.

The cover article…

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Fred Hembeck’s cartoon about the couple’s married life …

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A look at Willi Smith and the design of Mary Jane Watson’s dress (complete with paper dolls!) …

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A look at the 1987 Marvel Saga annual …

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Peter Parker’s Bachelor Party …

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The calendar from the inside back cover …

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The back cover of the issue featuring the happy couple …

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