I’ve always been a storyteller. I used to make up stories for my Star Wars action figures and after that, I used GI Joes because their arms and legs moved better. With Star Wars I had three movies to use as inspiration. For GI Joes all I had was the cartoon and it just wasn’t enough. I needed more source material. So I sought out the GI Joe comic book. I had no idea this would lead to an entirely new hobby that would continue throughout the rest of my life.
My first issue was issue 64 with the Baroness, Serpentor and Cobra Commander on the cover, all action figures I owned. Writer Larry Hama had crafted an incredibly detailed story and it was fun to try to get caught up on what was happening. Thanks to Hama’s scripts, I suddenly had all sorts of directions to take my action figures in. But as time went on, I read more comics and played less with action figures. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it.
As a side note, it turns out Larry Hama has returned to GI Joe comics and is continuing the stories of the characters I read as a child.
Tomorrow: A Comic That Made You Laugh
– Jack Cameron