GI JOE COLLECTORS' CLUB MAGAZINE VOLUME 19 #4
Publisher: Fun Publications
Issue Date: April 2011
Series: Collector's Club Monthly
Issue Number: 4, vol 19
The ongoing series, "The Adventure Team Chronicles", continues in Part 3, as a captive Commander Mike Triumph faces off against Dr. Venom. The new comic series, the "Dial-Tone Chronicles" starts in this issue; and there is also a retrospective review of Hardtop, the Joe's electronics and mechanical engineer. Another retro dossier of an Adventure Team member, the Sea Adventurer, is provided; along with a contemporary dossier of his A.R.A.H. counterpart, Shipwreck.
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]). Interestingly, young Dr. Venom (c. 1975) mentions that he is not willing to work for the Cobra organization at this time, which would have to be in its nascent stages according to A.R.A.H. chronology. Back in the "present", the reader discovers that Hawk is now a Major General, with two stars on his shoulders to compliment his promotion.
"Adventure Team Chronicles" Comic:
Adventure Team: Commander Mike Triumph, Tom Stone (the Adventurer)
"Dial-Tone Chronicles" Comic: G.I. Joe: Dial-Tone, Major General Hawk, Duke, Sure Fire, Low-light Additional Joe Appearances: Chuckles, Scarlett
"Issue #4 : "Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 3 " 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 br>
""Dial Tone Chronicles" Part 1 " Story: David S. Lane Writer: Jesse Wittenrich Pencils: Dan Khanna Inks: Josh Warner Colors: Josh Perez Letters: Jesse Wittenrich Managing Editor: Peter Sinclair
Publisher: FP Publishing
Editor-in-Chief: Brian Savage
Content Manager / Editor: David S. Lane
Creative Director / Layout: Lanny Lathem
Additional Content: Pete Sinclair, Brian K. Mulholland
Proofreader: Heather Choplin
Dossier Artist: Sheldon Goh
Dio-Story Writers: Dave Pisani, Tod Pleasant
Contributing Writers: Justin Bell, Jesse Wittenrich, Tod Pleasant
"Issue #4 : "Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 3 "
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
""Dial Tone Chronicles" Part 1 " Story: David S. Lane Writer: Jesse Wittenrich Pencils: Dan Khanna Inks: Josh Warner Colors: Josh Perez Letters: Jesse Wittenrich Managing Editor: Peter Sinclair Publisher: FP Publishing
Editor-in-Chief: Brian Savage Content Manager / Editor: David S. Lane Creative Director / Layout: Lanny Lathem Additional Content: Pete Sinclair, Brian K. Mulholland Proofreader: Heather Choplin Dossier Artist: Sheldon Goh Dio-Story Writers: Dave Pisani, Tod Pleasant Contributing Writers: Justin Bell, Jesse Wittenrich, Tod Pleasant
Cover (page 1): The Adventure Team in peril from the Man-Eating Plant. Pencils by A.R.A.H. art veteran, Rod Whigham.
Page 2: An explanation of the cover, contents and the creative team credits are represented on this page.
Page 3: "What's Happening, Hasbro?" reveals some of the Wave 3 "Pursuit of Cobra" 3 3/4" action figures and packages for 2011, Blowtorch, Gen. Clayton "Hawk" Abernathy, Steel Brigade, Cobra Trooper, Cobra Commander and Jungle B.A.T.
Page 4: The "Special Feature" article gives the step-by-step process for collectors to build a 1/6th scale sandrail-motorbike trailer for their action figures.
Page 5: The "Dial-Tone Chronicles" comic begins,(The story probably takes place sometime c. 1994, before the shut-down of the G.I. Joe team by the Jugglers; seeing as Hawk is a Major General [2 stars] at this time, whereas he has been promoted to Lieutenant General by the time the events of Disavowed (Devil's Due publishing) GI Joe #1 begin in 2001. This arc also immediately follows Dial-Tone's recent Brazilian kidnapping [as told in G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" #4 Convention Edition], as outlined in the next monthly issue [May].) with the loveable, but absent-minded, communications expert sitting in the wrong conference room. He does not trust texting, and missed Duke's memo for a switch of venue. The top sergeant ushers him into the correct room, where many of the team's top intelligence experts are gathered: Major General Hawk (who has been promoted to 2 stars), Chuckles, Sure Fire (the Criminal Investigation Division's M.P.), Low-light and Scarlett. Dial-Tone has been able to decipher a Cobra transmission intercepted from one of the latest missions, and it reveals that ARBCO Industries has obtained a limited lease on two river warehouses in Boston. They expect to begin receiving shipments shortly. Sure Fire orders Dial-Tone to hook up with the Joe S.W.A.T. team which will work its way north to Massachusetts, and covertly monitor all incoming ships. . . This story continues in the next monthly issue.
Page 6: The "IDW 411" features some information about the company's plans for their rebooted IDW Continuity series, as the "Cobra Civil War" begins in April 2011.
Page 7: "The Cartoon Review" delivers details about Episode 5 of G.I. Joe Renegades, the latest animated Joe series, discussing "Return of the Arashikage" Part 2.
Pages 8-9: "The Adventure Team Chronicles" plot thickens in Part 3, as Commander Mike Triumph is now a prisoner of Dr. Archibald Monev, the future "Dr. Venom". The evil scientist has mistaken his captive as a member of another, snake-themed organization that is extremely interested in his work: extracting mind-control enzymes from the bio-engineered plants of certain Brazilian species. However, the Adventure Team Commander was only there to locate the eighteen missing tribesmen from the local Hovitos tribe, that are all now victims of the sadistic floral experiments. Learning this, Mike makes an escape attempt, knocking over some of the brain-washed natives that are guarding him, but the Man-Eating Plant swiftly subdues him with its animated vines before he can attack Dr. Venom. Back in the U.S., Tom Stone (the Adventurer) discovers that the Commander is missing, and puts out an alert. This is received by three of the Adventure Team members via special wrist-bands which light up, the Land Adventurer, the Sea Adventurer and the Air Adventurer. Back in South America, the Commander's wrist-band glows hotly in Dr. Venom's grasp, even as the mutant plant swallows its victim. . . This story continues in the next monthly issue.
Page 10: The "G.I. Joe Club Dossier" delivers some of the history of Skip, the boisterous and opinionated Sea Adventurer of the 1970s.
Page 11: Some of Skip's ocean-related work and tools are depicted, as well as a photo of the prototype Sea Wolf 2, his one-man mini-sub.
Page 12: The "Figure Retrospective" explores the history of the 3 3/4" toy and character of Hardtop, best known as the operator of the G.I. Joe Defiant Space Vehicle Launch Complex.
Page 13: An updated dossier of Shipwreck (based on the Collector's Club 2007 v.10 figure) - who is now a Navy S.E.A.L. - focusing on his Pacific Theatre mission during "Operation Flaming M.O.T.H.". Page 14: The "G.I. Joe Comic Review" covers details of IDW's "A Real American Hero" #161, written by the "Godfather" of G.I. Joe, Larry Hama.
Page 15: In the "Regular Joes" series, the 12" balding Land Adventurer foments division between his 3 3/4" prisoners, as he innocuously mentions the differences between the older O-ring styles and their "replacements", the newer 25th Anniversary figures.
Page 16: "Order from the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club!" - some toys available through the Club are displayed.
Summary by Sean Eley