Here’s another great Ron Rudat G.I. Joe figure design from 1984 or 1985. First, a reminder of how the B.A.T. toy turned out:
I’ll post more over the next week or two, and then follow that with some color studies. Here’s what (only for my own sense of organization) I’m calling B.A.T. Concept #2:
To repeat from last week, it’s a cyborg, not a robot. We’ll see some push and pull in that regard with follow-up posts.
Rob Paterson and Don Chisholm take a biweekly deep dive on their podcast, Department of Nerdly Affairs. Their topics range from Taiwanese comics to Chinese webnovels to hero pulps to indie RPGs. Recently I guested, and we three talked about G.I. Joe history, toys, comics, and animation. Thanks, gents! Listen here.
Jake Rossen interviewed me and I provided all the images for this mental_floss article about Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa “joining” the G.I. Joe team. This summer I had jury duty, but this fall I was finally an expert witness! Read it here.
Mike Zeck needs no introduction. Here’s a short one anyway. He’s best known for four things: a three-year run on “Captain America,” the 1986 “Punisher” miniseries that made Frank Castle into a real character and not a Spider-Man foil; and 40 or so unbelievable G.I. Joe covers. His career in comics is bigger than that, but you only asked for a short introduction.