So today is 8/2. Since Star Wars fans have their own unofficial day with May the 4th, fellow Joe fan Dave from Flag Points thought that the 2nd of August could be a similar type of event for Real American Hero GI Joe fans. Well, here’s my contribution to the day, going all the way back to the first Joe listed on the first cardback in 1982. Where were you in ’82? I was still a Star Wars kid, but I remember being intrigued by the first GI Joe toy commercial I saw. It was the version that introduced the team, and I vividly recall the sound of the voiceover artist, as he called out each specialty and code name.
Grunt was the face of the new GI Joe for a time, which is ironic considering that the line would focus on and embrace a strong aspect of individuality for the team member after just one year. Many stars emerged on the Joe team in later years, but Grunt was the first Real American Hero character to occupy the spotlight, if only for a short time. So Grunt, here’s to you on 8/2. Yo Joe!
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