In the Cards: Clean Sweep and Ozone
Any pop culture phenom worth its salt gives rise to all manner of ancillary product. From toys to bedsheets and board games, there’s no end to the ways in which a property can capitalize on success. Sometimes cross promotion of tchotchkes merges with the fads of the day to produce something unique. The 90s saw trading cards come to the fore, with sets based on many a pop culture subject.
GI Joe was in the game via Impel, which released a single series in 1991. The set has a more comic book slant to the art than toy or package art. Maybe this was due to Impel’s concurrent Marvel comics cards, which also makes sense as the set commemorated characters that had been killed off in Marvel continuity.
The Eco Warriors sub-team starred in the “patrols” label, and Clean Sweep and Ozone are two of my favorites. Clean Sweep is depicted alongside his unique “sweeper” and with his control panel backpack accessory. Ozone is set in a particularly bleak wooded area. His brightly colored outfit is quite a contrast to the background.
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