Thursday, March 15, 2018

Micro-Reviews: G. I. JOE, Vol. 1, Part Two

G. I. JOE #6 (December 1982). Herb Trimpe flexing his Kirby muscles on the cover.

The storyline is another one plotted/drawn by Trimpe, scripted by Hama. An experimental Russian craft has crashed in Afghanistan. Both Russia and Cobra want it, conflicts ensue.

Oh, also, Hawk is a traitor.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Micro-Reviews: G. I. JOE, Vol. 1, Part One

Original Marvel trade of the G. I. JOE series. Only took 20 years to get a reprint collection.

When Joe Quesada took over Marvel, a fan asked if he’d pursue the rights of G. I. JOE. His response, I interpreted at the time, was arrogantly dismissive.

When a fan obtained the rights, wrote it himself and published it through Image -- Massive hit. Marvel’s response?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

" felt like a kiss."

I've reached what many would call the greatest Adventures story ever, and a little-known comic with a connection to the story.  Mad Love is this week's focus in Adventure(s) Time.

Friday, March 2, 2018

It's Hotter Than Hell...And I'm The Winner

Pleased to announce I'm the winner of Liberty Island's "Hotter Than Hell" Heroes Vs. Villain fiction contest.  The Villain side of the contest, that is.  My entry is the first chapter in a novel told from the villain's point of view (a baddie who's just now realizing the artifice surrounding his existence.)  You can read The Problematic Journey of Mr. Scratch here.

If you want to vote for the Villain to win, just follow this link. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

G. I. JOE Season 3.1 -- Prologue

My G. I. JOE novel is on sale at Amazon now (available for free if you're an Unlimited subscriber!)  Here's a preview of the opening chapter.  If you check out the book, I'd love to hear what you think.


A fine game of poker, ruined by a kicked down door and an invasion from America’s highly trained special missions force.
Their mission? To defend a crooked, crumbling institution and ruin a lazy Tuesday afternoon game of No River Hold’Em. That’s what any self-respecting Viper would tell you.
McMichael was the first to move, to flip the table over and use it as cover. He’d been stationed in this factory for months now, him and a dozen Vipers overlooking one of their emperor’s pet operations. Didn’t seem like a dangerous assignment; keep an eye on the plant, make sure the reconnaissance aircraft funded by the Benzheen government ended up where it belonged. (Cobra clutches, naturally.)
How’d the Joes find out about this one? It had to be the tenth invasion of a Cobra op in recent weeks. McMichael just knew Serpentor would be on fire during his next address. Months had passed since anyone had heard from him, in spite of the Vipers receiving numerous assurances that all was well with their emperor.

Friday, February 16, 2018

G. I. JOE: Season 3.1 -- My Latest Project!

Okay, I hinted earlier that I was doing this, and I wasn't joking.  G. I. JOE: Season 3.1 is on sale now at Amazon.  The story is my tribute to the 1980s animated series, only dramatized for an adult audience of today.  I discuss in detail the story in a post at Gentlemen of Leisure if you're curious.  If you're a fan of G. I. JOE, especially those halcyon syndication days of yore, I think you'll find something to enjoy.

The book is free if you're a Kindle Unlimited member.  That means I get zero royalties if you read it that way, but I suppose it's a sacrifice I'll make to help out this poor struggling organization.  If you willing to give the book a shot, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  As always, thanks for your support, guys.

Monday, January 29, 2018

"McGurk?! Hey, Has Anyone Seen McGurk?"

At CBR, I look back at Superman: The Animated Series' "Mxyzpixilated" episode, and the issue of Mark Millar's Superman Adventures that everyone went crazy over.

And, unrelated to anything relating to Superman, aside from the fact that it involves a character with mysterious powers arriving on Earth and helping others, I've been looking back at HBO's short-lived John from Cincinnati at Gentlemen of Leisure.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

G. I. JOE - “The Most Dangerous Man in the World”

Many of you are likely aware of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, where the owners of certain properties enable fans to publish sanctioned fan fiction for sale to the general public.  Like most people, I first became aware of it when Brian Cronin mentioned Kindle Worlds when detailing a noticeably weird stipulation Hasbro has placed on G. I. Joe fanfic authors.

One writer who decided to give this official/unofficial licensed work a shot was pretty surprising.  Buzz Dixon, who was the main writer of the syndicated G. I. Joe animated series for most of its run, published his own Kindle Worlds story a while back, and the backstory behind it has more than a little significance for Joe fans.  (Buzz, by the way, should not to be confused with Chuck Dixon, even though both have worked on G. I. Joe in some capacity.)
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