Captivating Cover: GI Joe #59
Before the days of the Local Comic Shop, my purchases were irregular in terms of titles as well as individual issues. As a kid with limited funds, I was picking up whatever looked interesting on the cover. Being a Marvel Zombie, I was mostly into Spider-Man, the Avengers and X-Men. Of course, GI Joe made the cut as well, and I was always on the lookout for new issues. Before I picked up issue 59, my last Joe comic adventure was issue 49. Yeah, news stand distribution was not dependable in the 80s, at least at the likes of 7-11 and Quik Trip.
I know we adult collectors often look down upon the post-86 elements of off-the-rails concepts like the Pogo and Raptor, but you gotta admit that in the hands of talents like Mike Zeck and Ron Wagner, this shit just looks cool. The interior story and character changes were dramatic and interesting to me, having been away from the title for nearly a year. I ate up the new stuff, especially Billy and Raptor. Good memories all around.