Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Unknown Joe

By now everyone who reads this site should know what a huge fan I am of Marvel's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic that ran from the early '80s through the early '90s, whose influence is still felt today in the brand's many appendages (even *sigh* the unfortunate feature film from two summers ago -- the sequel to which is *sigh* currently ramping up). While much of the credit for Joe's modern-era (1982-present) longevity is rightly attributed to writer/creator Larry Hama, who wrote the comic for the entirety of its run and came up with the core Joe vs. Cobra mythology (as well as most of the characters who populate it), another person who was "present at conception" was former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, the sometimes-controversial figure whose 1978-1987 tenure nonetheless marked one of the publisher's most sustained periods of creative synergy. Shooter has been offering up tidbits of his time in the comic book trenches for many months now via his excellent blog, and today he has a terrific post up with some new, heretofore unrevealed insights into his role in the early '80s as inadvertent nursemaid to the Marvel Joe, one of the biggest four-color success stories of the decade.

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