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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: February 1995
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: Special 1

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This was published two months after the last issue (#155) of the main series was released. It reprints issue #61 of the regular comic, but with artwork originally created by Todd McFarlane but replaced before publication.

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Notes of Interest

The cover features a crouched-down Snake-Eyes with red light reflected through a barred window creating a certain pattern on ol' Snakes, making him look more than a bit like a certain friendly neighborhood super-hero that McFarlane illustrated during his tenure at Marvel. See the comparison here.

For an excellent article on what happen to Todd McFarlane's art and detailed story behind the creation of GI Joe Special #1 follow this link. Comic Book Legends Revealed #182 - The Todd McFarlane GI Joe Special.

Major Players

The Joes: Stalker, Outback, Snow Job, Quick Kick
Additional Joe Characters: Hawk, Jinx, Airborne, Flint, Lt. Falcon, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Shipwreck (Polly), Slip Stream, Snake-Eyes

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Fred VII, Raptor

Additional Characters: Billy, Spigou (deceased), Colonel Ratnikov

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Todd McFarlane,
Inks: Mark A. Nelson,
Letters: Vickie Williams,
Colors: Chi,
Editor: Mike Lackey,
Editor in Chief: Carl Potts.
Cover Artist: Phil Gosier and Scott Koblish

Full Details

See Issue #61 (Marvel).


This comic was only released in a Direct Market version through comic book stores only. No Newsstand version.