Captivating Cover: Serpentor and the Mummy Warrior
Since I’m often pressed for time during this little blog adventure of mine, I’m starting up a new feature that I hope will allow me to contribute a wider variety of interesting content without taxing my time too much. Two birds with one stone! Focusing on GI Joe media, particularly comics, novels and the like, I can get away with devoting my attention solely on a cover. I don’t have to actually read what’s inside! Lazy? Perhaps, but most folks don’t expect to read a 400 page treatise each time they hit this blog anyway. And don’t worry too much, I’ll only be occasionally going to the well for these.
Starting off, it’s Serpentor and the Mummy Warrior, one of the Find Your Fate books released in the 1980s. You may find the author’s name familiar if you grew up in the 1990s as well. The pulpy cover on this thing reminds me of the myriad supernatural and action novel series release during the 1970s. While not sleazy like the cheap novels of old, there is an exploitive feel to this one that also gets my sci-fi/horror fan juices flowing. When GI Joe and horror combine, there are not many cooler melanges within my pop culture geek sensibilities. For instance, when Cobra went in search of Vlad Tepes’ DNA during Arise Serpentor Arise, I was in hog heaven.
So what’s this story about? I have no earthly idea. Whatever it is, I’m fairly certain that the tale contained within cannot possibly match the excitement that the cover generates within one’s imagination. I assume Serpentor unleashes an ancient Egyptian mummy to terrorize the GI Joe team. Judging from the cover, he’s turning the horror dial up to 11.