Captivating Cover: GI Joe in 3D #1
Blackthorne’s GI Joe in 3D comic came out during a time when my toy collecting habit had transitioned into comic book collecting. Yeah, that was pretty much a lateral move for a teen in the 80s. Oh well, I don’t regret it. In fact, I have just as many positive memories about buying and reading comics as I do about toys. I don’t pick up too many current comics, but I am fascinated by the eras that I hadn’t delved into as a kid. Golden and Silver Age DC comics have become intriguing to me of late.
GI Joe and a the 3D gimmick hit me in two sweet spots back then. The 1987 figures were some of my favorites before I gave up the habit. I had also been a fan of 3D movies since the early 80s, when 3D on television became a fast fading fad. Local independent stations aired cheesy classics like Gorilla at Large, The Mask and the Kung Fu flick Dynasty. I bugged my parents to get 3D glasses for each viewing (usually sold at 7-11–the same place I bought most of my comics at the time) and the event was a big deal to many of us. If you’re too young to have experienced it, just trust me, it was an amazing time. Oh, and if you missed the showing–tough. Unless, of course you recorded it. I did, and on Beta. Ahh, memories.
Anyway, back to the comic, and my point. My friends and I, being really into 3D, began creating our own three-dimensional drawings and comics using red and blue pens and colored pencils. We experimented with various shades of red/blue as well as different distances between our double-images in order to get the best effect when viewed with our leftover glasses. Now that I think of it, I may have damaged my color vision thanks to too many hours of looking through those tinted cellophane lenses.