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B.A.T. Concepts (#2) by Ron Rudat

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.

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Podcast – Department of Nerdly Affairs

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.

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Iron Grenadier by Mark Pennington

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1991 Dusty turnaround by Kurt Groen

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Rocky Balboa @ mental_floss

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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.

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Patriot Ledger, Dec 6th, 1984

Patriot Ledger 12-06-84

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G.I. Joe #44 cover by Zeck & Beatty

GI Joe 44 cover original art detail by Mike Zeck and John Beatty

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.

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