Friday, July 27, 2007

Fetching A Very Specialized Summer

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. If you were to raid the basements of our three resident artists, you'd find boxes of this crap. Figures, vehicles, comics, maybe even a VHS copy G.I. Joe The Movie, not to mention the file cards on every character! What always chapped my hide was those ridiculous file cards. It was amazing how their "Real Names" always tied in with their specialties. The guy with the flamethrower would have a real name like "Torchy McAsh" Oh yeah, and he was a kid obsessed with fire and convicted of arson three times. Don't you think Uncle Sam would do a better job of screening new recruits than that? Let's see... this guy has a record as long as my arm, tried to burn his own home down... I know, let's give him a flamethrower and call him "Molotov!" Every member of the Joe team was way over specialized too. It was like they could each do one thing and one thing only. Of course this was so you'd have to buy at least a dozen figures to make a semi-competent team. I thought it'd be interesting to see these one-trick ponies on leave. So that's your next challenge: I wanna see a group of highly specialized Joes (or COBRA agents) enjoying a little summer vacation together. How would their specialites tie into a day at the beach, a backyard barbeque, whatever. Now you know your next challenge, and knowing is half the battle!

1 comment:

Dan said...

So you're good enough to draw G.I. Joe??? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!