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Old 05-25-2012, 04:32 AM #1
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Default Classic GI Joe trade volumes: A good read?

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I've been thinking of buying the trade volumes of the classic GI Joe run, including the Special Missions. I think the recent figure releases and the prospect of the second Joe film have made me think more about going back and reading some of those early stories that I have never read; I've never owned the entire run. Does anybody have these volumes (or the original marvel issues), and are they a good read?
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:40 AM #2
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A good read, awesome, excellent read.
I've 'em all except the last one (Classic volume 15).
Buy them soon!
I consider Marvel 1-155, the Special Missions and Yearbook (recently publishesd in one volume) the "bible" of the G.I.JOE.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:06 AM #3
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What would gi joe be without the marvel comics? The marvel run IS the joe story. With all the re-starts through the years it gets confusing and now there's this idea of joe verses and such, but the marvel run is THE joe verse. Anything else is just re-imaginings of the already established story. That's what it was when I was like 9 and that's what it is to me today. Gotta love the marvel run. Even the cartoon was a late comer, nothing in 82, just the 5 episode mini series in 83, just another 5 episode mini series in 84, so the first three years produced 10 cartoon episodes, and around 36 comic issues (probably more with the order of battle, yearbooks, etc).
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I agree with Turner. Hasbro hired Marvel and Hama to develop the mythos, so it really is the essence of GI Joe.

I loved the comics, it brought GI Joe to life. Admittedly they start out slow, a little cheesy but they quickly get better. When re-reading the series I usually stop around #120, it really goes down hill after that.

Special Missions was awesome. It seemed to fit more in the real world more than the regular series.
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I agree with Turner. Hasbro hired Marvel and Hama to develop the mythos, so it really is the essence of GI Joe.

I loved the comics, it brought GI Joe to life. Admittedly they start out slow, a little cheesy but they quickly get better. When re-reading the series I usually stop around #120, it really goes down hill after that.

Special Missions was awesome. It seemed to fit more in the real world more than the regular series.


Ya, I see what you mean. I guess Hama didn't have the pressure of pushing the latest toys with Special Missions, so he was more free to do more real-world style stories.
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I hear what you're saying, and it would be interesting to read those first few stories. I suppose seeing I was introduced to Joe as Action Force, everything criss-crosses in my mind!

Also, after reading DDs America's Elite, I just had to get rid of those Devil's Due books straight afterwards, I thought they were horrible.

I remember every year my folks and I used to fly across the pond to see relatives in NYC, and I used to pick up whichever Joe comic was available at the time. My favourite stories were the Springfield invasion and the Millville/Sierra Gordo issues, but I've never read the Snake Eyes trilogy, nor whatever happened directly after the Cobra civil war, not to mention everything before Springfield.
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I suppose seeing I was introduced to Joe as Action Force, everything criss-crosses in my mind!

I never thought of that. I'm the opposite, I get confused the other way around.
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Loved the original Hama stories, a mix of war stories, some sci-fi, mysticism a dash of and classic comic book dramatics thrown in. Great stuff, and still the highest bar in GI Joe stories imo. And the best part? It was fun!
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