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Classic G.I. Joe Volume 1 [Paperback]

Larry Hama , Herb Trimpe , Steven Grant
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Jan. 20 2009 Classic G.I. Joe (Book 1)
Reacquaint yourself with Hawk, Scarlett, Stalker, Rock 'n Roll and the other original Joes, including the popular but enigmatic Snake Eyes. Witness the first daring attempts of the villainous Cobra Commander and his minions to cause havoc around the world, only to have the Joes thwarting them at every turn. Relive your first tours of 'The Pit', G.I. Joe's command center, and Springfield, U.S.A., a quiet suburban town with a dark secret. Also presented here are the first appearances of the October Guard and Kwinn the Eskimo. Writer Larry Hama, the man irrevocably linked to G.I. Joe, guided the team for over 10 years as a writer. He is joined by an array of artists, including Herb Trimpe, Mike Vosburg, and Don Perlin. This action-packed volume collects the classic Marvel Comics G.I. Joe #1 to 10.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great pickup for Joe Fans old and new May 3 2009
By C9
Format:Paperback
This collection brought back font memories of my child hood with GIJoe and Cobra battles, and all the characters. I recomend this for any one who wants a great trip down memory lane
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4.0 out of 5 stars IDW...thank you...but where is "...Hot Potato!"? May 3 2009
By yenrab - Published on Amazon.com
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I mulled over what star rating I should give this volume and I have come to the conclusion (as you can see) that it deserves a 4 star rating.
Here's why: I own the original issue #1, heck, I own absolutely every issue from the line, but issue #1 came with several other parts to the issue. It had a 2 page spread in the middle called "G.I. Joe Classified File `The PIT' GI Joe Headquarters" which showed a diagram of the underground base. It is also missing 4 pages of "G.I. Joe Classified File" for Scarlet, Breaker, Flash, and Stalker. Then it's missing 2 pages of "G.I. Joe Weapons Profile" for the VAMP and the Mobat. But the ultimate problem with this IDW Volume 1 is the fact that they leave out the "special bonus feature...Hot Potato!" This was a 10 PAGE short feature!!! 10 PAGES! Now, yes, it was re-issued sometime later in one of the Special Missions comics or something, I don't recall, but it was part of issue #1. I didn't really expect IDW to include the "G.I. Joe Classified Files" or the "G.I. Joe Weapons Profiles" but to exclude "Hot Potato!"??? Come on IDW. It's not like Hasbro doesn't have the rights to "Hot Potato!". I'm not sure why it was left out. To save 10 pages in Volume 1? It's offensive? Not PC enough for 2009? I don't know. Am I glad we have IDW's Volume 1? Yes! And thank you IDW. But folks in their late 20s and 30s will be buying this...not small kids that don't know "Hot Potato!" is missing.
But for the remainder of the volume, it appears that the other 9 issues are intact. I at least checked issue 2 and that was complete. For a bare-bones Volume you get what need but for completionist...you don't. But I still hope that sales are good and that IDW can put out all 155 issues and maybe the other side issues too from the Marvel line...but in reality getting all 155 issues out seems impossible if sales dwindle. I would buy all volumes so wouldn't have to read my good copies.
But don't let my 4 star review from stopping you buy this volume. I recommend it, I just don't understand what IDW was thinking.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full-color reprints of Marvel's 1980s series G.I. Joe #1-10 Jan. 24 2009
By K. W. Schreiter - Published on Amazon.com
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Having recently obtained the license, IDW has published this full-color 240-page trade paperback that reprints the first ten issues of the 1980s Marvel Comics "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" series. This monthly comic book was launched in 1982 at the same time as Hasbro's action figure toy line and soon ran concurrently with the popular but less realistic television cartoon series. Writer Larry Hama provided enjoyable plots and strong characters that vastly exceeded the standards of a mere product tie-in. G.I. Joe is an elite US counterterrorism strike force secretly headquartered beneath an army chaplain's motor pool. Though Cold War references abound, Hama's portrayal of the enemy COBRA as a stateless terrorist organization seems especially prescient 25 years later. Issue 6 shows the gang working with anti-Soviet tribal mujhadden in Afghanistan. Herb Trimple penciled most of these issues and is listed as co-plotter of several.
All ten covers are included, though IDW has removed all "Marvel Comics" references from them, leaving some unusual blank space on each cover. The TPB credits indicate that IDW has recolored the original artwork. This series ultimately lasted for 155 issues, and IDW plans to release several subsequent collections in 2009 (as well as a new G.I. Joe series that disregards the previous continuity).
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect April 1 2009
By V. Field Opening - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
as a kid I owned an oversized first issue of GIJoe, and it's just great to be able to see these again, and all the other issues I missed out on. However, it's terribly disappointing when pages are omitted (the "Hot Potato" story from the original Issue 1 is nowhere to be found)... seeing a list-maker's comments, it seems this is the 2nd reprint omission of that story...what gives? If you're printing this comicbook volume, imagine yourself asking fans, "would you like the 'Hot Potato' story included in this reprint as it was originally?" How many fans would actually say, "no"...??!?!? what kind of logic does it take to cut something out intentionally?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GI Joe's rise began here Jan. 17 2010
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1982 Hasbro made one of the smartest decisions of any toy company. They went to Marvel comics to develop a backstory for their relaunch of GI Joe. Marvel already had some success with licensed books such as their Star Wars comic, Conan and Micronauts but it was with GI Joe that Marvel really made their mark. The comic went to Japanese-American and army vet Larry Hama who managed to take an ever-growing line of toys and vehicles and weave them into a 10-year saga that often topped the sales charts. Cartoons and a movie would follow. Even today, over 25 years later, these comics are still being reprinted and packaged with GI Joe toys. And it all starts here.
This volume reprints the first 10 issues, though as others pointed out it omits one story from issue #1 and some other materials. Other than that strange omission the book is first-rate. The reproduction is clear, the recoloring faithful to the originals and there are some great design touches. The page numbers and masthead are done in a typewriter font with misplaced letters that look like they came from a 1981 army document.
The stories are just as much fun as they were then. Hama, Steve Grant and Herb Trimpe turn in over-the-top chase and battle scenes with tricks and twists worthy of a James Bond movie. Plastic action figures are quickly fleshed out and given personalities and histories.
The art is inconsistant, some issues seem rushed. Trimpe's work is usually strong but other artists are a bit of a let-down.
So, who should buy this? Fans of GI Joe in any incarnation will love this book to death. People interested in the franchise should also check it out, this book lays the groundwork for years of stories to come sets the tone for the books and movies today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars G.I. Joe in the 80's Aug. 31 2012
By "extreme_dig_cm" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here it is- G.I. Joe in the early 80's, with a bit of 60's flair.

Thanks to pencillers Herb Trimpe, Don Perlin, and Mike Vosburg, along with a variety of inkers, this series starts out looking a lot more like 60's comics than I expected, and I'm okay with it. This feels very much like a standard war comic too, with heroes mainly in green and villains mainly in blue, and with a lot of military-style talk in every issue. Scarlett & Snake Eyes are popular characters here & really stand out, partly since their outfits aren't green. Cobra Commander with his battle faceplate & mask is the "face" of Cobra, with Baroness constantly at his side. The Joes have simple-like code names: Hawk, Zap, Grand Slam, Short-Fuse, Steeler, Flash, Grunt, Clutch, Stalker, Breaker, Rock'n Roll, etc. Miscellaneous characters include Kwinn the Eskimo, the October Guard, Dr. Venom, and a kid who would later be called Billy. We get introduced to G.I. Joe's hidden Staten Island New York City base at Fort Wadsworth. We also see the origin of Springfield as an entire town fronting for Cobra. In issue #10, Snake Eyes is forced to relive parts of his past, which apparently includes a helicopter explosion in the possible middle east that disfigures him. We learn more about him in future volumes.

I usually somewhat favor art over writing in comics, but the main appeal for me in these early G.I. Joe volumes is Larry Hama's writing. I'm not a military expert or even a military enthusiast, but Hama's writing here is entertaining and sounds credible to me. And visually speaking, this is the most standard-issue military style the 80's G.I. Joe comics ever would be. Character designs get progressively more colorful & crazier throughout the entire decade.
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