GI JOE COLLECTORS' CLUB MAGAZINE VOLUME 19 #8
Publisher: Fun Publications
Issue Date: August 2011
Series: Collector's Club Monthly
Issue Number: 8, Vol 19
"The Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 7 leads John Steele around Europe, as he hunts for a missing teenage aristocrat. In the "Dial-Tone Chronicles", the Joe S.W.A.T. team begins to explore the seemingly deserted airport in Nantucket. Another retro dossier of an Adventure Team member, the Astronaut, is provided; along with a contemporary dossier of a special Cobra Flak-Viper.
Notes of Interest
The story arc in Parts 6 through 8 of "The Adventure Team Chronicles" is actually an anachronistic tale, and is set well before the events depicted in Parts 1 through 5. This becomes obvious to the reader by the final chapter, as this reveals that the mission occurs a month or so before the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam on Jan. 31st, 1968. Technically, the Adventure Team should not even exist at this point, but the story does deal almost exclusively with the character of John Steele. Avid rock historians may note the anachronistic statement made by the Parisian clerk when he mentions the rock band, "Led Zeppelin", a group of musicians that were known as The New Yardbirds until late 1968.
"Adventure Team" Comic:
Adventure Team: John Steele (the Man of Action)
"Dial-Tone" Comic: G.I. Joe: Low-light, Long Arm, Shockwave (a.k.a., 'Shockblast')
"Issue #8 : "Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 7 " 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 5 " 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
Proofreader: Heather Choplin
Dossier Artist: Sheldon Goh, Dan Khanna
Contributors: Dave Pisani, Tod Pleasant, Barry Kay, Jesse Wittenrich, Justin Bell, Brian K. Mulholland, Michael Elhardt
"Issue #8 : "Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 7 "
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 5 " 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 Proofreader: Heather Choplin Dossier Artist: Sheldon Goh, Dan Khanna Contributors: Dave Pisani, Tod Pleasant, Barry Kay, Jesse Wittenrich, Justin Bell, Brian K. Mulholland, Michael Elhardt
Cover (page 1): Photo preview of the two versions of the 25th Anniversary 3 3/4" treatment of the Zarana action figure, offered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.
Page 2: An explanation of the cover, contents and the creative team credits are represented on this page.
Page 3: Page 3: "What's Happening, Hasbro?" reveals another look at the two Zarana figures represented on the cover, including a small biography of the character.
Pages 4-5: The "Dial-Tone Chronicles" have brought the G.I. Joe S.W.A.T. team to a tiny airfield in Nantucket, MA. Inside the lobby, the three men spy a large sign with a title that they recognize immediately: ARBCO Airline. Stealthily, the trio move forward into the empty front office. Low-light separates and assumes an advantageous position upon the roof overhead. As Shockwave and Long Arm inspect the first locked door they come to, the bomb technician realizes that it is rigged with explosives. Perturbed, the squad leader opts for "Plan B", access through the roof. He informs Dial-Tone. . . This story continues in the next monthly issue.
Page 6: The "Comic Review" covers details of IDW's two issue "Future Noir" series set in an alternate universe, which brings a futuristic Manga flair to GI Joe.
Page 7: "The Cartoon Review" delivers details about Episode 8 ("Busted") of the animated G.I. Joe Renegades series.
Pages 8-10: December, 1967. This is a prequel of sorts to "The Adventure Team Chronicles", as Part 7 takes place sometime before the '68 Tet Offensive of South-East Asia. John Steele, the "Man of Action", has made a deal with a foreign diplomat from a Soviet-occupied country (most likely, Czechoslavkia): to find the European baron's missing fifteen-year-old daughter, Ana, in exchange for sensitive documents that will aid the U.S. in its overseas struggle against the Communist menace. The agent first travels to the young lady's Swiss boarding school, where he discovers that she is essentially expelled for her rebellious attitude. His next flight takes him to Paris, where the clerk of the Hotel Royale informs him that she had stayed there accompanied by friends, but they caused extensive damage to her room (like many American rock and roll bands) and moved on. Finally, John's search takes him to West Berlin, where the brazen Ana had last lodged. Her room is a disaster, and he picks up an oddly familiar pair of round glasses. A call to the girl's parents confirms that she has indeed been kidnapped, and a ransom is demanded. The European father is expected to cross over into the Soviet zone of East Germany, accompanied by $250,000 in a diplomatic suitcase, in order to facilitate his child's release. The adventurer dons a disguise that resembles the baron, and is able to bluff his way past a stooge to Ana's location within the bowels of a dark warehouse. She appears to be restrained to a chair, but as the Man of Action speaks, the teenager's hand angrily yanks the hood from her head. Anastasia ("DeCobray") Cisarovna well knows the voice of her establishment-conscious father, and she informs her "captors" that this isn't it. Before the kidnappers can react, East German secret police reveal their hidden position behind a load of crates. The disappointed captain instructs his officers to open fire. . . This story continues in the next monthly issue.
Page 11: The "G.I. Joe Club Dossier" delivers some of the classified history of the courageous Astronaut, one of the original seven Adventure Team members of the 1970s.
Page 12: The "Special Feature" article is a review of the Adventure Team's Magnetic Flaw Detector accessory used by 12" G.I. Joe action figures, including variations and inclusion with many different toy sets.
Page 13: The "Regular Joes" series finds the 12" balding Land Adventurer enjoying some down time by his owner's pool, only to be chewed out by a discipline-minded 4 1/2" Sgt. Savage.
Page 14: The "Figure Retrospective" explores the history of both Croc Masters, from their 3 3/4" forms, to their depictions within the comics' pages.
Page 15: An updated dossier of Shane Nostaw, the Cobra Flak-Viper (based on the Collector's Club 2006 v.3 figure), which focuses on his Australian desert mission during "Operation Flaming M.O.T.H.".
Page 16: "Order from the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club!" - some toys available through the Club are displayed, now including the formerly cancelled mail-in "Rise of Cobra" 3 3/4" Cobra Commander with DRONE.
Summary by Sean Eley