I still much prefer the UK Action Force issues. Flint and Lady Jaye v Destro was much more fun. Such a shame that material has never been reprinted. I would have thought IDW would have mined it by now.
I still much prefer the UK Action Force issues. Flint and Lady Jaye v Destro was much more fun. -Ralph
I have a huge soft spot, personally, for the Action Force stuff that was in Battle - all the stuff against Baron Ironblood and his Red Shadows. Probably because it was the first Action Force media I was exposed to it has stuck in my head quite strongly.
At the risk of sounding like I am "trolling" (as they say on the internet) I always thought Hawk was rubbish. I always got him and Duke mixed up as a kid. They seemed pretty interchangeable to me.
I guess that's understandable from a UK perspective. They do look stupidly the same. I never even noticed Duke in the TF comic back-up strips, but I was aware of Hawk as the general and Flint - easily distinguishable by his wonky hat - as the field commander.
But reading the original G.I. Joe series now, they couldn't be confused, for the simple fact that Hawk was leader (though not yet general) for two years before Duke appeared, and then it was another year before Flint was introduced. Duke is only there for three of G.I. Joe's best five years of stories, and Flint for two of them.
Hawk's best years are passed before the stories started being printed in the UK. Until Dennis Quaid, obviously!
Duke has the most feeble introduction of any character in the comic. The G.I. Joe team are out in the open, exposed and unarmed, as a Rattler comes flying in for the kill. The Rattler is riddled with bullets and goes into a dive! Who has saved them? Cut to a giant black guy firing a heavy machine gun, towering over a little generic chappie firing a pistol, and pretending he's needed. The big guy is Roadblock. The other guy who's impressing nobody is Duke.
Little is known about this goblin beyond its dual role as an offensive weapon and teapot.
Hawk has something of a renaissance around the time the AF comic finishes and it transfers to the TF back up strip due to a new figure coming out in the US when those strips were released. But after Sptingfield he's essentially background till Cobra Island.... when the comic finishes in the UK.
How can you not be impressed by Roadblock? He's one of the best characters in the comic and one of the best file card histories.
There are, in theory, two of most of the Action Force team as their profile cards differ from their US counterparts in terms of real names and places of birth. Alpine is Algerian for example, and Barbeque Italian whereas the first non US Joe was Backstop in 87, the year Action Force restarted www.yojoe.com/action/87/backstop.shtml
Post by Grand Moff Martin on Jul 21, 2019 20:44:05 GMT
I have the G.I. Joe Order of Battle signed by Larry Hama. It is to G.I. Joe what Budiansky's TFU is to Transformers. And he wrote the file-cards like Bob wrote the TF tech-specs. Hama trumps everything. Sorry, Ralph! Flint is not English.
Something that came up recently, thanks to Marvel Productions alumni Michael Swannigan on the fb storyboard group I'm in. As late as the storyboards for the first miniseries, it was going to be Hawk in charge. Duke and the proto-SHARC appear to be last-minute revisions.