GI JOE COLLECTORS' CLUB MAGAZINE VOLUME 19 #2
Publisher: Fun Publications
Issue Date: February 2011
Series: Collector's Club Monthly
Issue Number: 2, Vol 19
An updated dossier of Dial-Tone is included and there is also a retrospective review of Dreadnok Monkeywrench. The ongoing series, "The Adventure Team Chronicles", begins here with Part 1 as Mike Triumph searches for a new member for the team, Dr. Mike Power. In part twelve of the comic "The Adventures of Big Lob", the Joes fight against the Iron Grenadiers is brought to its conclusion.
This issue featured a special "Flip Book" gimmick - the back half of the issue would be flipped upside down front the front half. As each side had its own front cover, though, it's up to the reader to decide which half is the front half and which is the back.
Notes of Interest
"The Adventure Team Chronicles" is the first graphic representation of the team to be printed in standard American comic book size (6" x 10 1/4" [17 x 26 cm]). Major Mike Power was originally introduced in a toy advertisement within the pages of Uncanny X-Men #94, back in Aug, 1975. This version of the "G.I. Joe Collectors' Club is also considered to be a special "Flip Book" issue (while still retaining the standard 14 pages), where half the magazine can be read one way, and then has to be turned over for the other half to be read.
"The Adventures of Big Lob"
G.I. Joe: Big Lob, Hawk, Lt. Falcon, Law, Jinx
Additional Joe appearances: Chuckles, Tunnel Rat, Order
Iron Grenadiers: General Mayhem, Iron Grenadier
"Adventure Team Chronicles" Comic: Adventure Team: Commander Mike Triumph, Dr. Michael Power (a.k.a. Major Mike Power, the Atomic Man)
"Issue #2 : The Adventures of Big Lob Part 12 "
Writer: Jesse Wittenrich
Pencils: Dan Khnna
Inks: Lanny Lathem
Colors & Letters: Jesse Wittenrich
Story Editor: David S. Lane
Managing Editor: Pete Sinclair
"Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 1 Story: Tod Pleasant, Lanny Lathem and Barry Kay Writer: Tod Pleasant Inks: Jake Isenberg Colors & Letters: Jesse Wittenrich Art Director: Lanny Lathem Managing Editor: Pete Sinclair
Cover A (page 1a): "Design-A-Cover" contest art by Matt Pak, depicting both the male and female versions of Dial-Tone.
Page 2a: An explanation of the cover, contents and the creative team credits are represented on this page.
Page 3a: The "G.I. Joe Con Preview!" reveals the 15 figure set of 3 ¾" action figures to be available in 2011 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. The Club Member Exclusives' theme is "Mission Brazil II", and is comprised of two Python (Patrol) Tele-Vipers, Steel Cobra, six Python (Patrol) Troopers, Captain Claymore, Wet-Suit, Dial-Tone, Leatherneck, Mainframe, and Sparta. Page 4a: "The Cartoon Review" delivers details about Episode 3 of G.I. Joe Renegades, the latest animated Joe series on the HUB channel.
Page 5a: The "G.I. Joe Comic Review" covers details of IDW's "A Real American Hero" #159, written by the "Godfather" of G.I. Joe, Larry Hama.
Page 6a: An updated dossier of Dial-Tone, giving details of his inclusion in several Brazilian missions, and his kidnapping by Cobra.
Pages 7a: The "Figure Retrospective" explores the history of Monkeywrench, the Dreadnoks explosive expert, including toy, comic and T.V. appearances.
Page 8a: "The Adventures of Big Lob" concludes. Despite overwhelming odds, Hawk and the team are able to survive as they move in close and engage General Mayhem's Iron Grenadiers in hand-to-hand combat. During the chaos, Big Lob is able to sneak up on several D.E.M.O.N. tanks and attach various timed explosives. Meanwhile, General Mayhem demands Hawk's surrender, which he refuses. Just as the Iron Grenadier leader appears to have the upper hand, the charges on the enemy tanks explode, disabling them. This is the inspiration the team needed and their foes are quickly subdued, including many of the terrorist buyers who were present to purchase M.A.R.S. merchandise. Hawk congratulates Big Lob, who is sullen over losing his favorite grenade launcher, "Fiona", and the general promises him a bigger and better replacement.
(At this point, the magazine must be "flipped-over" to read the rest of the articles properly.)
Cover B (page 1b): "Design-A-Cover" contest art by Doug Fakkel, representing a bearded Adventure Team member as he covertly sets foot on Spy Island as he steps from his raft. Page 2b: The "G.I. Joe Con Preview!" reveals a closer look at the 12" scale "Drive into Danger" Adventure Team 'Desert Patrol Vehicle' with figure that was available to Club Members who visited the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort.
Page 3b: The "Special Feature" takes an introspective look at some of the past Adventure Team Vehicles available for 12" action figures.
Pages 4b-5b: Part 1 of "The Adventure Team Chronicles". Sometime c.1975, Commander Mike Triumph approaches a N.A.S.A. military installation in his Mobile Support Vehicle. As he enters the facility, he is greeted by several civilian engineers under contract. The official in charge is surprised that the Adventure Team leader has chosen one of his comrades, Dr. Michael Power, as a choice for his team of specialists. He feels the young man is far too reckless, even as the man in question crashes a jet pack before them. This doesn't sway the Commander in the least, but he is suddenly called away to the communications center. There, he receives word of ominous doings in Brazil that the reader is not privy to yet. Due to the personal nature of the circumstances, he decides to take the mission on himself, and due to his clout, is given access to a Lockheed SR-71, that he personally pilots. The Blackbird rises swiftly into the heavens and is gone… This story continues in the next monthly issue.
Pages 6b-7b: The "Regular Joes" series picks up with the 12" Commander delivering an inspirational speech to his compatriots, as they prepare for battle against their 3 3/4" adversaries. Unfortunately, very little of what comes out of the Joe's mouth inspires any real confidence in his troops that he can lead them to victory. Even his Tauntaun doubts his competence. . .
Page 8b: The "Special Feature" by Patrick H. Kelly, explains how collectors can build a custom desert hovel for 1/6th scale figures.
Summary by Sean Eley