Captivating Cover: GI Joe Digest #7
I miss the old digest format. Before the days of trade paperback collections, and especially before I’d discovered a local comic shop, these bite-sized compendiums of back issues were the only way I could read adventures I had missed thanks to spotty distribution at 7-11 and QuikTrip newsstands.
This cover was definitely have sold me back in the day. Originally the cover of issue 19, it’s pretty generic in terms of presenting what’s inside, other than the Joes’ big battle with Destro, but it harks back to the early days of 80s Joe marketing images, when the 1982 team still took center stage. 19 was a big turning point issue to be sure, as Flagg, Dr. Venom, Scarface and Kwinn died in this one. That’s not something you could depict on a cover of a comic a kid would find at the supermarket next to an Archie digest.