As I’ve noted here, when R&D was concepting a G.I. Joe figure, that character would go through quite a process. A multitude of pencil sketches, input from other members of R&D, line reviews for higher ups, and even a rendered, full-color painting, all before sculpting commenced. As fun as it is to see proposed designs of toys that didn’t make it, it’s also fun to peak behind the curtain on favorites that did. Like ’89 Rock & Roll here.
This was drawn by two people, although I’m not sure how the labor was divided. The pose is certainly Bart Sears, who you probably know from Hasbro’s C.O.P.S. line and from DC’s C.O.P.S. comics, as well as Justice League Europe and other work since then. Also getting credit is Ron Rudat, who designed every Joe for ’82 to about ’88. Perhaps the two passed this back and forth, adding and taking away details. Click for a little bigger.
Here’s a close-up. What detail!
I love how much snap is in the pose, and how much animation there is in the clothing folds and ammo belts, even though Rock & Roll is ostensibly bogged down by a lot of heavy equipment.