GI JOE COLLECTORS' CLUB MAGAZINE VOLUME 19 #9
Publisher: Fun Publications
Issue Date: Septmber 2011
Series: Collector's Club Monthly
Issue Number: 9, Vol 19
"The Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 8 has led John Steele to East Germany, where he implements the rescue of a teenage Baroness. In the "Dial-Tone Chronicles", the Joe S.W.A.T. team is able to gain access to ARBCO airlines' offices, deep inside a seemingly deserted airport. Another retro dossier of an Adventure Team member, the Adventurer, is provided; along with a contemporary dossier of a special Cobra Range-Viper.
Notes of Interest
The story arc that concludes in Part 8 of "The Adventure Team Chronicles" contains close ties to Marvel issues #94 and #96 of "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" title. The rescue of fifteen-year-old Anastasia ("DeCobray") Cisarovna occurs right before the death of her brother, Eugene, in Saigon on Jan. 31st, 1968. In the issues by Larry Hama, we learn that the Baroness begged her brother to accompany him on his humanitarian mission while she was on "winter break" from her Swiss boarding school. The "whole truth" as revealed within these pages is that she had been expelled for her previous rebellious attitude (though she had no intention of returning), and that her parents encouraged her to join her brother on his benevolent endeavor, which he reluctantly agreed to. On a side note: the character of Tom Stone, the Adventurer, is named after the German version of the 12" Black Adventurer figure which was part of the "Action Team" produced by Schildkrot under license from Hasbro in 1974. The same character (in military garb) was released to the European market by Palitoy Ltd., a British toy company, in 1977.
"Adventure Team" Comic:
Adventure Team: John Steele (the Man of Action), Ace (the Air Adventurer)
"Dial-Tone" Comic: G.I. Joe: Low-light, Long Arm, Shockwave (a.k.a., 'Shockblast') Additional Joe Appearances: Dial-Tone
"Issue #9 : "Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 8 " 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 6 " 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: Tod Pleasant, Dave Pisani, Barry Kay, Jesse Wittenrich, Justin Bell, Brian K. Mulholland, Rosemary Ward
"Issue #9 : "Adventure Team Chronicles" Part 8 "
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 6 " 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: Tod Pleasant, Dave Pisani, Barry Kay, Jesse Wittenrich, Justin Bell, Brian K. Mulholland, Rosemary Ward
Cover (page 1): Photo preview of the 2011 rerelease of the G.I. Joe Sky Striker jet with accompanying 3 3/4" Capt. Ace action figure.
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 another look at the 2011 Sky Striker XP-21F Vehicle that comes with a 3 3/4" Ace pilot.
Pages 4-5: The "Dial-Tone Chronicles" have brought the G.I. Joe S.W.A.T. team onto the roof above the offices of ARBCO Airline. Low-Light continues to observe the deserted airfield from his perch nearby as Shockwave and Long Arm inspect a ventilation shaft for any signs of security features. The S.W.A.T. squad leader is concerned by the lack of human guards, considering the extremely large shipment of illegal Cobra armored vehicles that have been deposited there. The bomb technician discovers a laser array just inside the vent's hood, but circumvents the snare through the use of tiny, adhesive mirrors. The shaft leads downward and deposits the duo into a spacious storage room. . . This story continues in the next monthly issue.
Page 6: The "Comic Review" covers details of IDW's "Real American Hero" #163, written by the "Godfather" of G.I. Joe, Larry Hama.
Page 7: In the "Interview", Rosemary Ward speaks with Michael Bell, the voice actor for such A.R.A.H. characters as Duke, Xamot, Clutch, Major Bludd, Scrap-Iron and Blowtorch for Sunbow's 1980's animated T.V. series.
Pages 8-10: December, 1967. This is a prequel of sorts to "The Adventure Team Chronicles", as Part 8 is shown to have taken 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 kidnapped fifteen-year-old daughter, Ana, in exchange for sensitive documents he possesses. Now, in a darkened warehouse, John Steele finds himself surrounded by kidnappers and the East German police, who open fire with their side-arms. The Adventure Team agent is unscathed, but the incompetent stoolie who led him to the young girl has been killed. Ana reacts with surprise, and discovers that her "teen-age" boyfriend / accomplice, Dolph, who assisted her in this duplicitous "kidnapping", has actually been working for the crooked German constabulary behind her back. Despite this revelation, the police officer in charge orders his men to turn their guns on the Man of Action. John, however, had prepared a small surprise inside the disguised briefcase which was supposed to be full of ransom money, as a small caliber device within knocks out the solitary light hanging overhead. He grasps Ana's hand, and pulls her away from the treacherous goons, who swiftly recover and pursue. The spy remains one step ahead, as he contacts the Air Adventurer via his wristwatch's communicator, and leaves an explosive surprise with his open suitcase. Just in time, Ace arrives in a single seat Adventure Team helicopter and uses the drag rope with hook to haul his passengers to safety. The mission ends with Anastasia ("DeCobray") Cisarovna back in the arms of her loving parents. Her father, Lazlo, sadly confides in John that his revolutionary-minded teen can never know of his dangerous work as a double-agent. Ana's mother, however, feels confident that her daughter will do better away from her hated Swiss school by spending some quality time with the brother she adores above all others, Eugene. He is travelling across South-East Asia, supplying humanitarian aid to the needy during the Winter Break. His upcoming assassination in Saigon by Viet Cong sympathizers will have serious repercussions within the A.R.A.H. universe that will span decades . . A new adventure begins in the next monthly issue. Page 11: The "G.I. Joe Club Dossier" delivers some of the history of the solitary Adventurer, Tom Stone, the medically-knowledgeable member of the Adventure Team of the 1970s.
Pages 12-13: The "Show Review" covers details regarding the events and merchandise at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, and provides some exclusive photos of David Lane's U.S.S. Flagg diorama.
Page 14: The "Regular Joes" series begins with all-out action: the discovery and rescue of a 1975 12" Atomic Man from his original packaging. Unfortunately, the action figures' collector is approaching, and he might not be too happy with one of his vintage toys being desecrated.
Page 15: An updated dossier of Keith Holland, the Cobra Range-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