GI JOE COLLECTORS' CLUB MAGAZINE VOLUME 18 #9
Publisher: Fun Publications
Issue Date: September 2010
Series: Collector's Club Monthly
Issue Number: 9, Vol 18
Several toys are highlighted with a focus on the ultimate 3 3/4" Snake-Eyes and a 2011 Comic Con preview. A dossier of the Black Dragon Trooper is included and part seven of the comic "The Adventures of Big Lob" leads to the return of Metal-Head, a DiC's favorite animated villain.
Notes of Interest
The tale of Big Lob is Fun Publication's first "A Real American Hero" comic of note within the pages of the G.I. Joe Collector's Club magazine and is a part of the Disavowed (Devil's Due Publishing) continuity.. There is also a retrospective review of Snow Job.
G.I. Joe: Big Lob, Tunnel Rat
Iron Grenadiers: General Mayhem, Metal-Head, Iron Grenadier
Writer: Jesse Wittenrich
Pencils: Dan Khnna
Inks: Lanny Lathem
Colors & Letters: Jesse Wittenrich
Story Editor: David S. Lane
Managing Editor: Pete Sinclair
Editor-in-Chief: Brian Savage Content Manager / Editor: David S. Lane Creative Director / Layout: Lanny Lathem Additional Content: Pete Sinclair, Brian K. Mulholland, Terry D. Wheeler Proofreader: Heather Choplin Dossier Artist: Dan Khanna Dio-Story Writers: Dave Pisani, Tod Pleasant Contributing Writers: Thomas Wheeler, Jesse Wittenrich, Harry Townsend
Cover (page 1): Snake-Eyes art by Greg Williams; the companion piece to his Storm Shadow cover art on the July issue.
Page 2: An explanation of the cover, contents and the creative team credits are represented on this page.
Page 3: The "Hasbro: Figure Spotlight" centers around the 2011 "Pursuit of Cobra" 3 3/4" Snake-Eyes action figure, considered to be the 'ultimate' treatment of the character in toy form. John Warden, Hasbro's Design Manager, gives extensive inside information about the character.
Page 4-5: The "Show Review" covers the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, and gives details about Hasbro's product previews, exclusive toys, panels, future projects and special guests. There is also an article regarding news about the HUB, the joint television network venture agreed upon between Hasbro and Discovery Communications. The peak revelation is the release of the latest G.I. Joe animated series: Renegades.
Pages 6: The "Figure Review" explores the history of Snow Job, the Joe team's first cold environment trooper. His first appearance in Marvel's A Real American Hero #11 is discussed, along with a detailed scrutiny of Hasbro's 3 3/4" and 12" action figure treatments of the character.
Page 7: The "12" Flashback Review" fondly examines a 12" Hasbro figure no longer available on the mass market, the 2005 "Midnight Drop Army Paratrooper" from the 101st Airborne Division.
Pages 8-9: Toys "Available from the G.I. Joe Collector's Club!" are displayed. This is a repeat of the previous advertisement placed in the last four monthly issues.
Page 10: The "Hasbro: Figure Spotlight" article wraps up its preview of the 'ultimate' Snake-Eyes figure with a look at diagrams, weapons and other accessories.
Page 11: The "Show Preview" for Comic Con 2011 reveals several new characters for the Wave 2 "Pursuit of Cobra" line, Shadow Tracker and Ashiko, as well as 25th Anniversary treatments of figures like Skydive, the Cobra Desert Scorpion and the Snow Serpent Officer.
Page 12: The "Figure Review" concludes its introspective history of Snow Job, and the numerous uses of his 3 3/4" figure's original mold over the years.
Page 13: The dossier of the Black Dragon Trooper (based on the 2003 Convention toy) is submitted. The members belong to an Asian organization that has a history of conflict with the original G.I. Joe Man of Action, specifically centered around his invasion of Spy Island.
Pages 14-15: The "Regular Joes" 12" Action Soldier fears that the 3 3/4" Joe prisoners might be sneaking out of their P.O.W. camp at night. Perhaps he shouldn't have placed a reproduction Nazi guard in charge. . . ? Also: the 12" Land Adventurer compares character versions with an incarcerated Gen. Hawk, and swiftly realizes that the vintage team is on the losing side.
Page 16: "The Adventures of Big Lob" begins as one poor Iron Grenadier ("Scott") is chewed out by Metal-Head, Destro's insane air-marshal and anti-tank specialist in front of the two Joe prisoners. Apparently, the lad is not so bright and spilled his superior's soup right in his lap. As the angry missile expert leaves, Big Lob and Tunnel Rat use this as an excuse to pry information from the distracted, sullen man as he mops the cell floor for punishment. They learn that M.A.R.S. is holding a big auction of their latest merchandise in Mission City. The hardware will end up in most terrorist organizations' possession, but will contain a hidden contraption that blocks radio-waves, enabling a world-wide blackout of all communications devices when Destro desires it. Unfortunately, for the dull-witted Iron Grenadier, he is overheard by General Mayhem and Metal-Head, who decide that the Joe cell-mates and their informer are now expendable. . . This story continues in the next monthly issue.
Summary by Sean Eley