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IDW to launch new GI Joe comic, based on the 80s toon

The latest revamp of GI Joe to come out of publisher IDW is probably not what you would’ve expected. It’s a “sendup” of the iconic cartoon show.


GI Joe is there, and by “there” I mean he’s back in comic shops with yet another new book. As far as I can tell, IDW won’t be cancelling the long-running A Real American Hero, or its reimagined series that’s currently also running. But they’ll be adding another one, with GI Joe: A Real American Hero… Saturday Morning Adventures.

Yes, you might remember Joe better from afternoon fare, but go with it because it’s actually kind of neat. IDW will be publishing what’s intended to be an ongoing here, with all the flare and styling of the 80s Joe cartoon.

Featuring the creative team of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Luis Antonio Delgado, the series kicks off this February, with an arc entitled The Aladdin Project.

Everyone knows that G.I. JOE is the code name for America’s daring, highly trained special mission force, and that their purpose is to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless criminal organization determined to rule the world. But now, Cobra has launched the Aladdin Initiative, their most versatile weapon yet… challenging Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, and the G.I. JOE team like never before!


“I loved how straight-up weird cartoons can be,” says Burnham. “The G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero cartoon allowed for gremlins, Egyptian gods, and of course, a ninja dressed in an 80’s New Wave outfit, wig and all. You never knew where the show might take you. Writing a story set in that universe, you can do anything… and I’m partnered with artists like Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado, who can draw anything. The idea we came to felt right at home within the world of the cartoon, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Erik Burnham

Complete with variant covers, watch for GI Joe: A Real American Hero – Saturday Morning Adventures #1 in February 2022.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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