posted on Apr, 5 2006 @ 08:18 PM
The writer that started it all back in the 80’s is back!
The G.I.Joe toy line is 42 years and was even canceled back in 1979. This didn’t last very long though as the success of the Star Wars toys kicked
Hasbro in the butt and got them to talk to Marvel Comics.
Comic book writer, Larry Hama, had conceived an idea for a Marvel Comic book. The book was to be about Nick Fury’s son assembling a team of elite
commandos to battle Marvel’s terrorist group Hydra. Marvel turned down the idea, but dusted it off when they learned that Hasbro was resurrecting
their G.I. Joe toy line. Nick Fury’s son was replaced with the character Duke and Hydra was replaced with Cobra.
So was born the 80’s gem known as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
Larry Hama wrote the G.I. Joe books for Marvel as well as the "file cards” that came on the back of they toy’s packaging.
Now over 20 years have past and Larry Hama is back writing the legends he created in Devil’s Due’s G.I.Joe: Declasified.
Official Press Release
Chicago, IL – April 5, 2006 – This June, Devil’s Due launches the G.I. JOE franchise into the stratosphere with G.I. JOE: DECLASSIFIED #1 (of 3)
(Cover A - APR063088 E, Cover B - APR063089 E). The writer that started it all, Larry Hama (G.I. JOE, Wolverine), returns to the fold this June to
tell the unbelievable story of how the G.I.JOE team became the elite fighting force that they are today, in an all-new three issue limited series from
DDP. In the vein of the popular SNAKE-EYES: DECLASSIFIED limited series, get the untold stories of the very beginning of the G.I. JOE saga in the
48pg, three issue, bi-monthly series illustrated by up and coming artist Pat Quinn, with a cover A by Francis Manapul (Witchblade, Tomb Raider,
Necromancer), all three cover A's will connect for one large image, and card stock vintage cover B by Tim Seeley. G.I. JOE is under license from the
Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS).
“Fans have always wondered exactly how G.I. JOE became the COBRA-smacking, force of nature it is,” says Sam Wells, DDP Assistant Publisher and
G.I.JOE enthusiast. “Who were they before they were G.I.JOES? When did romances and hatreds begin? Now, after nearly 20 years of waiting, fans are
finally getting the chance to find out, and I can’t wait.”
“The years before G.I. JOE #1 is a period of G.I. JOE story we have yet to really tap,” says DDP Editor Mike O’Sullivan. “I’m excited that
we’re finally getting the chance to have the man who started it all tell this story, and I think fans will be pleasantly surprised. It won’t
happen quite like everyone thinks it will.”