G.I. Joe

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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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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Origin Story Episode Eighteen

Origin Story Episode 18 Website CoverStalker, Quick-Kick, and Snow Job are in the gulag; Outback returns to Joe headquarters; Billy enters the ninja; and I talk about Trivial Pursuit.  It’s all here in the latest episode of Origin Story, where I cover G.I. Joe #62.

Now with fewer audio glitches!

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Origin Story Episode Seventeen

Origin Story Episode 17 Website CoverThe “Joes captured behind the Iron Curtain” storyline continues as Outback, the one who got away, escapes and fights his way across the border in G.I. Joe Special Missions #6.  As always, I take a look at the comic and give it a review.  Then, I spend time talking about the Stephen King novels published in 1987, especially his fantasy story The Eyes of the Dragon.

NOTE:  There were some technical issues with the audio and I may sound a little digitized and underwater.  Hopefully, I will resolve those issues by the next episode.

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Origin Story Episode Fifteen

Origin Story Episode 15 Website CoverThis time around, I have three … that’s right, THREE comics in ONE episode! I start off with the last of my FCTC-era Superman books for this show, which is Superman #7, then head over to Marvel for some military-grade violence! First, there’s the first issue in an UNLIMITED series with The Punisher #1 followed by the start of my all-time favorite G.I. Joe storyline with G.I. Joe #61.

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And here are this episode’s covers, complete with a scan of my copy of G.I. Joe #61, which is signed by both Larry Hama and Mike Zeck.

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ORIGIN STORY EPISODE SIX

origin-story-episode-6-website-logoIn the sixth episode of Origin Story, I wrap up my coverage of the ultimate Hasbro crossover by taking a look at G.I. Joe and the Transformers #4.  Do the Joes and Cobras save the world with the help of the Autobots?  Will Hawk and Barbara get back together? Does anyone care about the Anthony storyline? Plus, Bumblebee becomes Goldbug!  And I ponder the nature of nostalgia.

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