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Special Project for my Son

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  • #16

    Oh, okay. I watched it late at night after work. I need to watch it again. I may have fallen asleep while I was watching it. I don't remember it as well as I should.


    • #17

      Cool idea!


      • #18

        Action Yankee,

        Upon some research I found I had the years reversed. The Story of GI Joe is from 1945. The GI Joe comics I had seen photos of the covers were from the 1950's.

        An army publication called Yank had comics done by a serviceman during WWII, starting in 1942. The covers I had seen photos of are from a company that did comics during the Korean conflict
        starting around 1951. Wikipedia has a list of various company's that did Joe comics, including Hasbro that apparently did comics in house during the AT years. The reference didn't say if it was
        only comics for toy sets, but I got the impression they were doing more than that. I may be wrong. But the page said that there have been Joe comics since '42, with the exception of two periods
        of more that a year that there wasn't a Joe comic. I found that interesting. Of course since '82 for the most part they have all been about the ARAH. With brief periods that covered GI Joe Extreme
        and I think Sigma Six. And a few different companies producing them.

        The movie launched Burgess Meredith's career as a movie star, as a young man. Some actors I remember, I remember them from shows they did in the sixties or seventies.
        Lately I've seen that some did old western movies before that (and before I was born). Brian Keith is one, another is Bob Hale who did a few western movies before he became the Skipper on
        Gilligan's Island.

        I'm sorry again for the useless trivia. I just found all of that interesting.


        • #19

          On MeTV westerns, and grit, you can see lots of personalities when they were really young. Kind of funny to see the professor on Gilligan's island as an old west bank robber hold up man...


          • #20

            I've been watching Grit, and I saw the professor as the bank robber.

            Another was Roscoe from Dukes of Hazzard. He was a bit younger.


            • #21

              The longer I think about it, the better "Action Yank" sounds. I dunno what about dropping the double e at the the end made it sound better, but it does.

              However, that does leave it really close to Fighting Yank...


              • #22

                Fighting Yank, if I'm right, disappeared when Mego came out with Action Jackson. Action Jackson was a lot like GI Joe in the fact that you bought the basic figure
                and then got uniform sets separately. But in an 8" figure. The "razor and razor blades" concept of the original Joe. That was in the early 1970's. Only older collectors
                are familiar with Fighting Yank.

                But then there is the name of "Yank" or "Yankee." That is what the US soldiers of WWII was called by our European brothers in arms. Before that what the south called
                the northern troops during the Civil War. Basically meaning someone from the north.

                So unless your son knows about the Fighting Yank figures, he won't see the similarity.

                Just a thought.



                • #23

                  Though I may shoot the moon, try and get some repro heads, and give the project the GI Joe name.

                  Grrrr this is hard.


                  • #24

                    Think I'm gonna settle on GI Joe Elite.

                    that way, they can be called "Joes" or "GI Joes" and it'll be easier for him to talk about at school.

                    None of his contemporaries would know what "Operation: Action" is, or "Action Yank."

                    Odds are, not too many will know GI Joe, but they may go home and talk to mom and dad, and dad may want to reminisce so he'll call up his mom to see if the childhood Joes are still in the attic/basement, and just like that, I saved the hobby.


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