25th Anniversary Comic Pack #1 (2008)
A comic two-pack. Signed by Larry Hama!
When the 25th Anniversary series was on shelves, I picked up two each of the single figures; one to open and display loose, and one to leave carded. Truth be told, the packaging was really what drew me to buying the series. Initially, I also bought doubles of the comic two-packs, even though the packages lacked the vintage punch of the single cards. I didn’t have a plan to hang them up on a wall or even display them, so they sort of languished in storage. After a couple of assortments, I stopped buying an extra of the comic packs altogether.
This pack is okay for what it is, and at the time, I was excited to get an ’82-83 styled Hawk in the new style. He’s not an exact copy of his original self; the main differences being a lack of silver shoulder straps, although other straps on the figure got the shiny treatment. He’s also wearing green gloves, which looks a little odd, but is not totally out of place since the figure uses the gloved Snake Eyes mold. Scarlett is decidedly comic-booky in her color scheme. Again, that’s not a bad thing for the most part, considering that these are supposed to be figures based on a comic book (duh!).
Fast forward to 2009, and I had several of these things lying around by the time that year’s GI Joe con came to my hometown. I finally saw a use for them, and planned to have Larry Hama sign them. I actually had two that I wanted signed, this set and the issue #21 pack. Thankfully, the wonderful Mrs. Joe A Day went along with me (for all three days, mind you–did I mention she’s amazing?) and stood in line with me to get the second one signed. They’re both very cool items to have, and getting them was a great Joe memory, not just for meeting one of the great creators of the toy line and comic, but for sharing such a cool event with my wife. Over the years, I’ve met quite a few Joe fans and become online friends, but there’s nothing like enjoying the hobby with family. I hope to share a future convention experience with my son as well when he’s older, and I look forward to making more family Joe memories.