00:00-1:45: Greetings, and welcome to our first podcast of December! As Graeme explains here, it’s a bit of a departure for us: due to Jeff’s very busy December, we are recording this Thanksgiving weekend for release the following week. And so we will not be discussing (and over-discussing) comics news, nor getting updates on soon-to-be-released books that Graeme wishes to tease us all to distraction with. Instead, we assigned ourselves homework and will be discussing Classic G.I. Joe Vol. 5, by Larry Hama, Rod Whigham, Keith Williams and Andy Mushynsky (and Mike Zeck on covers!), IDW’s reprint of Marvel’s G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO issues #41-60 from 1985. All of IDW’s reprints were for sale for stupidly cheap prices during the Black Friday sales, but if you missed out and have Comixology Unlimited, you can check out this volume and read it for free. (You can also do the same if you have Hoopla, I should mention.). In short, if you are frustrated by the idea of hearing us talk about 35 year old comics that you haven’t read, please feel free to read them and join along! It’s always easier to yell at us when you know what we’re talking about, I’ve found.
01:45-41:04: But first, Graeme wants to talk about toy comics in general, in part because not only did Graeme buy all the G.I. Joe reprint volumes, he also purchased all the sale volumes of Transformers: Classics (reprinting the Marvel run of the 80s) as well as the Transformers: UK volumes. Since Jeff hasn’t really read the books (a few years back he tried reading the first three or four issues and tapped out), Graeme gives Jeff a schooling on the original miniseries, the British strips and the emergence of Simon Furman. And then beyond that, we talk about the rise of the licensed toy comics at Marvel including Micronauts and Rom: Spaceknight. If you want to find out who Graeme’s favorite Transformers were, this is section of the episode for you!
41:04-1:50:32: And here we go with the Joe—Graeme tells us why he picked Vol. 5 of Classic G.I. Joe and one of the things he hadn’t realized about these issues until reading them now. We talk about when Graeme started reading them, and how this era of the Joes are basically superheroes. We go on to talk about the greatness of Larry Hama as a writer and storyteller (so much so that Jeff favorably compares Hama’s work on G.I. Joe to Wagner/Grant on Judge Dredd); and we just try and drill down into these comics to see if we can understand and talk about what makes them so great.
1:50:32-end: We start to veer toward closing comments here with Graeme updating you Whatnauts as to how our December schedule is, uh, scheduled. I’m sure you’ll think I’m joking when I tell you Hardaway plays a crucial role in that update, but I assure you I am not. And but finally: Closing Comments with some especially heartfelt thanks to our listeners from Jeff. And so but also finally: look for us on Stitcher! Itunes! Instagram! Twitter together and separately: Graeme and Jeff! Tumblr, and on Patreon where a wonderful group of people make this all possible, including Empress Audrey, Queen of the Galaxy, to whom we are especially grateful for her continuing support of this podcast.
NEXT WEEK: When is an episode of Drokk not an episode of Drokk? When it’s Spreck! Jeff and Graeme discussing Volume Two of Strontium Dog Search and Destroy Files! (Jeff hasn’t read volume 1 so you don’t need to, either!)