Air Force to Warthog: Drop Dead
January 31st, 2012

Well that’s just great.

If we get rid of our A-10’s, what will our defense be against Cobra’s elite squadrons of Rattlers?

Bonus: G.I. Joe #34 was, obviously, the third-best issue of the series, ever. It cheapens the thrill not at all that, in hindsight, the idea of a dogfight between a modded-out A-10 and an F-14 is insane.

Extra credit if you remember two best issues.

  1. WershovenistPig January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    G.I. Joe #21, the silent issue starring Snake Eyes.


    I’m just not that big a fucking nerd to know the other best issue.

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  3. John Sterling February 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

    G.I. Joe #21 “Silent Interlude” blew my seven-year-old mind. I wonder if it still holds up.

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  5. buster February 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

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  7. Maguro February 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    They’re not getting rid of the the A-10, they’re reducing the number of A-10s from 335 to 270 or so.

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  9. Galley Wife February 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Any votes for GI Joe and the Transformer series yet?s Or #27, when Scarlett meets Snake Eyes? With the variant cover? (What?)

    (No, Wershoven, I have no idea what you are talking about, but I do have Wikipedia: Always There, Often Correct.)

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  11. Galley Wife February 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    (Also, I can’t italicize properly. Luddite.)

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  13. Jason O. February 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Alas, I only know Joe from the cartoon as a kid….but knowing’s half the battle.

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  15. WershovenistPig February 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    GW – I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you fake your way through using terms like ‘variant cover.’ Didn’t think they had variant covers back in the early 80’s.

    And I read the article linked by Buster. I found it personally interesting to see that the first comic I ever bought, the one that got me into everything from X-Men to silver age Sgt. Fury and Kid Colt Outlaw, as well as boxes upon boxes of 80’s comic detritus, was G.I. Joe #20. A stand-alone issue featuring Clutch, written by a fill-in writer. Yes, Clutch, the figure not with the blonde beard, or the brown beard, but the black beard. Packaged with the Vamp (sic?) Jeep-like vehicle.

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  17. Galley Wife February 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    The best part is that because of my research-intensive comment, all the pop-up ads I now get in the middle of webpages are for someplace called “Comic Link.” I recognized the name — in fact, a box arrived today on my porch with that return address…ahem — but probably won’t take the bait. I might be too tempted by, er, Clutch.

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  19. Galley Wife February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    P.S. to Wershoven: I just popped on to and a Spiderman popped out to tell me that wherever he lives, they have “50,000 comics for under $1!” This surprises me, as I thought all of that inventory was in my basement closet.

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  21. WershovenistPig February 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Some of that inventory is in the linen closet and garage at my mom’s house, as well as in your basement closet.

    JVL is going to be so excited by his Comic Link package. I’m kinda psyched, too, and I’m 300 miles away.

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  23. Galley Wife February 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks a lot, man.

    : )