Yes, we know the episodes have been a little more sporadic lately, but hopefully this four hour marathon makes up for it. We spend a healthy two hours talking to resident toy expert Mark Bellomo about G.I. Joe and the toy industry in general, and complement that great interview with some looks at recent G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club announcements, plus a look back at 2013 and a look ahead to next year.
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Yes, it’s been a while since we’ve posted an episode of What’s on Joe Mind, but hopefully we’ve made up for it with the length of this one! Clocking in at just over three hours, there’s enough G.I. Joe conversation here to keep any Joe fan satisfied.
We talk to legendary toy expert Mark Bellomo and winner of the What’s on Joe Mind Fantasy Football league (and operator of the awesome GIJoeGraphy site) Dan Uthman.
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A project that has been listed on Amazon for a while, but with a release date that sort of kept jumping around has been volume 1 of the G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection hardcover series by IDW. The goal of the series is to reprint every page of every comic from the Marvel era of G.I. Joe…and yes, this includes (for the first time in trade paperback form) the fantastic “Hot Potato” backup story from issue #1 as well as all of the pin ups and dossiers from those issues, too!
Volume 1 contains issues #1 – 12 which collect the absolute essential foundation of the Marvel G.I. Joe universe as we know it. Dr. Venom, Snake Eyes, Kwinn, the Brainwave Scanner, Billy…it all started right here.
Amazon has this initial volume in stock now at a very reasonable price…and you can rest assured, with these titles being assembled by none other than G.I. Joe uber-fan Mark Bellomo, there is great care and consideration going into them. Hit up the banner below to buy this title and start your “complete collection” of the Marvel G.I. Joe universe!
IDW has just supplied us with solicitation information for G.I. Joe titles hitting comic shops in September! I’ll tell you I’m extremely excited to see what’s going to happen in the Real American Hero universe based on what we’re seeing here, which features a fan favorite character… a couple of them, actually.
Also, even thought it’s not strictly G.I. Joe related, I was excited to see a Transformers: Art of Fall of Cybertron collection featuring art from the extremely cool video game series…not only that, but written by long time G.I. Joe scribe and personal friend of GeneralsJoes Mark Bellomo! That should be a great item to check out come September. Also in September begins the “G.I. Joe Complete Collection” series which endeavors to gather together all of the Marvel G.I. Joe issues into a series of comprehensive volumes! That should be a fantastic collection to keep an eye out for as well.
Check out the Read the Rest of this Entry link below to see the full blown solicitation list.
Most G.I. Joe fans who have been around know the name Mark Bellomo. Long time G.I. Joe fan, toy authority, and writer of the Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe Volume 1 and the Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe: Volume 2, Mr. Bellomo has been around the block for a long time, and is about as well educated a toy guy as I’ve met in my decades within this industry.
As such, whenever he’s producing a new volume, I always pay close attention. This time around, he chose not to focus on a singular toyline and instead broadened his attention to an entire decade, working with Krause Publications to release Totally Tubular Toys of the 80’s.
I’ve gotten my hands on this fine new book, and I’ve posted a review for it right here. Trust me, if you’re a child of the 80’s, you want this book. If you know a child of the 80’s, you want this book. If you just like the toys from the 80’s, you want this book. A terrific read that manages to go above and beyond mere toys, and really look at the entire commercial structure of our favorite decade.
Check out the review here.
And if you like the looks of the book, keep your eyes peeled to GeneralsJoes this week, as I’ll be interviewing the author Mark Bellomo and posting it later this week. He’s a smart guy who knows the industry well, and always has some great insight. It’ll be a must read, I guarantee it.