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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #3
January 13th, 2013 by Rusty

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #3 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #3

Date: September 1982
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $3.00 – $25.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads and Bullpen Bulletins
Writer: Larry Hama
Artists: Herb Trimpe, J. Abel & J. D’Agostino, Diana Albers, George Roussos
Notable Notes: A giant robot attacks the Joes’ compound!

Go Joe!

As a kid I loved playing with the G.I. Joe toys. In fact, the first one I had was the 12″ variety, with the “look-through” eye and stubbly beard. I remember when the 4″ action figures came out, and I was blown away by how cool they were! Of course it didn’t take long for the G.I. Joe marketing machine to kick in and a comic book of the popular brand to appear in Marvel’s line-up. I have fond memories of reading these comics, and it was those tugging heart strings that made me want to re-read them. Here’s how it stood the test of time.


“The Trojan Gambit” : This issue begins after the G.I. Joe team captures Cobra stronghold. As they are searching through their spoils they find a giant robot, which they dismantle and take back to their secret home base – an underground complex beneath the motor pool building at Fort Wadsworth. While Hawk and Scarlett attend a ceremony above, the rest of the Joes begin unwinding when suddenly the robot receives a signal to re-assemble itself! It them goes on a rampage as it tries to return to the surface and notify Cobra commander of its location. The Joes still in the complex have to rally and do some creative fighting in order to stop the monster, but all ends well as they finally “stamp” out the last vestiges of Cobra’s elaborate plan.

My 2 Cents:

  • The art was average for its time – not bad, but not great either.
  • Now, re-reading this issue as an adult, I thought the story line and dialogue was terribly corny! However, as a kid I probably loved reading about the characters in my toy G.I. Joe collection.
  • It was a fun read because it was very nostalgic for me – especially since I owned a lot of the toys. On its own merits, however, it wouldn’t be too striking.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 2 stars
  • Art: 3 stars
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars

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