The New Joes in Marvel Age #34

Marvel Age was the company’s monthly advertising book, a concept that took the in-house ad to the next level. Among the what’s-on-sale features were previews of upcoming comics as well as interviews with creators. Over the course of its run, the mag ran updates on the GI Joe comic. This article appeared in issue 34, which according to Mike’s Amazing World of Comics, hit newsstands and spinner racks in October of 1985. The ’86 Joes has yet to debut in the regular comic, so we’re treated to some color variations likely made based on educated guesses and wild speculation. This is the stuff of Funskool in some cases. Dig Iceberg and Lifeline! Somebody should go Hasbro Marvel Star Wars comic pack style with some customs of these guys and paint ’em up in mid-80s newsprint glory.

Also fun to point out is the article was authored by Sholly Fisch, one of my favorite current comic writers. Who knew?

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