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The Main Series

The first issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero first appeared in comic book stores in June of 1982. This monthly series was written by Larry Hama, who with very few exceptions, wrote the series till the end. The comic book was based on Hasbro's GI Joe action figures and launched simultaneously in 1982 with the figures. Over the next 12 years 155 issues were released. The final issue was published in December of 1994.

The characters created during this series became the backbone for all future GI Joe variations including toys, cartoons, video games, multiple continuities of the comic and the movies.

First Issue
Last Issue
Snake-Eyes: The Origin

To take a look at any of the 155 issues, pick your issue below or go to the G.I. Joe Cover Gallery:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52
53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76
77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100
101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117
118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134
135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151
152 153 154 155
Non-Hama written issues 8,9,119,143,153,154.

Continuity Explanations:

In 2001, Image/Devil's Due Publishing (DDP) restarted the GI Joe A Real American Hero story line and continued it with GI Joe America's Elite and several Declassified series, using multiple different writers. Additionally, the Storm Shadow series and GI Joe Declassified were written by Larry Hama. DDP's license to publish GI Joe ended in the summer of 2008. This ended the 26 years of continuity that was formally referred to as the "Hamaverse". As of May 2010, this universe is now considered an alternative one known as "Disavowed".

In May of 2010, IDW Publishing continued the GI Joe A Real American Hero series. Larry Hama returned as the main writer starting with issue #155 1/2 and literally picks up directly after the last Marvel issue published in 1994.. This continuity is known as "A Real American Hero".

Additionally between 2008-2009, Larry Hama wrote a series of comics that were released by Hasbro and included in 2 figure packs. Several of this issues take place directly between issues released during the Marvel run. See the Full Size Hasbro comic section. They are also considered part of the "A Real American Hero" continuity.

2nd Prints -- Pin Up Gallery
Marvel Trade Paperbacks

Main Series Alternative Covers


To see and read about 2nd prints & Newsstand vs Direct Market editions click here.

Although the last issue of the main series was published in 1994, it was not the last Joe comic published of the Marvel run. Two months later, Issue #61 was republished with new art by Todd McFarlane as well as a new title: G.I. Joe Special #1.

The history behind this issue and an art comparison can be seen here.


Special #1

One of single rarest GI Joe comics ever published is the #63 Classic, only 5000 were produced. This was produced as a 3rd print by So Much Fun, Inc. This company released covers of other comic titles also which all had the word "Classic" printed on the cover. This was back before alternate covers was the standard for the industry, especially from outside companies.
#63 Classic

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