GI Joe A Real American Hero 40th Anniversary Special #1

GI Joe A Real American Hero 40th Anniversary Special #1

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(W) Larry Hama
(A) Various
(CA) Larry Hama, Steve Leialoha
Celebrating 40 years of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comics, this giant-length special issue features 22 different fan-fave artists taking on the classic G.I. Joe: ARAH #21 (the original silent issue-'Silent Interlude'), including SL Gallant, Netho Diaz, Andrew Lee Griffith, and many more! Each artist will draw a single page of this seminal masterpiece in their own unique style, based on Living Legend Larry Hama's original layouts. Additionally, the issue will contain stories and essays by creators who were influenced by Hama as well as a fourth wall-breaking short story written by Larry himself, celebrating his unparalleled four decades of work on G.I. Joe: ARAH. YO JOE!
Date Available: 04/06/2022
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy


If you don't know the story of GI Joe #21, its the 'silent issue'. Snake Eyes infiltrates a Cobra stronghold to rescue Scarlett. It turns out she didn't need rescuing until he put her in that position. It all works out in the end. Told with images only (and some sneaky text worked in on computer screens and munitions), it was a revelation for the children of the 80's.

There's a reason it has been aped so many times. Marvel even had a whole MONTH of silent comics. Done well, the pictures become the words. It was done very, very well. The big twist was that the issue was drawn by the writer for GI Joe, Larry Hama, and finshed by Coyote's Steve Leialoha. It was good enough to make you wonder if other writers could draw, a strange thought now as so many artists look to get away from drawing with a big break into writing.

Jump ahead 38 1/2 years, and IDW is celebrating the anniversary of Joe with 22 artists each taking a page and redrawing it. Marvel has done this in recent years with anniversary books for the FF and X-Men, so the idea isn't a new one. What makes this one excel is that IDW has also reprinted the full original story in the book, so you can bounce back and forth to compare w/ ease. There are even eight pages of side by sides, a bonus cover gallery, and some pin ups.

IDW isn't going to have the GI Joe license for much longer, so they're pulling out all the stops to put as much money in the till before its gone. Cash grab or not, this is worth it.


I give it 10 out of 10 Grahams


VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
(W) Larry Hama
(A) Various
(CA) Larry Hama, Steve Leialoha
Celebrating 40 years of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comics, this giant-length special issue features 22 different fan-fave artists taking on the classic G.I. Joe: ARAH #21 (the original silent issue-'Silent Interlude'), including SL Gallant, Netho Diaz, Andrew Lee Griffith, and many more! Each artist will draw a single page of this seminal masterpiece in their own unique style, based on Living Legend Larry Hama's original layouts. Additionally, the issue will contain stories and essays by creators who were influenced by Hama as well as a fourth wall-breaking short story written by Larry himself, celebrating his unparalleled four decades of work on G.I. Joe: ARAH. YO JOE!
Date Available: 04/06/2022
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy


If you don't know the story of GI Joe #21, its the 'silent issue'. Snake Eyes infiltrates a Cobra stronghold to rescue Scarlett. It turns out she didn't need rescuing until he put her in that position. It all works out in the end. Told with images only (and some sneaky text worked in on computer screens and munitions), it was a revelation for the children of the 80's.

There's a reason it has been aped so many times. Marvel even had a whole MONTH of silent comics. Done well, the pictures become the words. It was done very, very well. The big twist was that the issue was drawn by the writer for GI Joe, Larry Hama, and finshed by Coyote's Steve Leialoha. It was good enough to make you wonder if other writers could draw, a strange thought now as so many artists look to get away from drawing with a big break into writing.

Jump ahead 38 1/2 years, and IDW is celebrating the anniversary of Joe with 22 artists each taking a page and redrawing it. Marvel has done this in recent years with anniversary books for the FF and X-Men, so the idea isn't a new one. What makes this one excel is that IDW has also reprinted the full original story in the book, so you can bounce back and forth to compare w/ ease. There are even eight pages of side by sides, a bonus cover gallery, and some pin ups.

IDW isn't going to have the GI Joe license for much longer, so they're pulling out all the stops to put as much money in the till before its gone. Cash grab or not, this is worth it.


I give it 10 out of 10 Grahams


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