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gi joe covers: issues 26 + 27 by strongstuff gi joe covers: issues 26 + 27 by strongstuff
it was always a thrill checking underneath the old blotter that sat in the last booth (secret drop off spot) of my grandmother's candy store. she'd generously set aside each and every issue of the books i loved as they were released. the treasures included issues of the official handbook of the marvel universe, transformers, and most importantly, gi joe. as a kid, i'd check under that blotter religiously when i walked into the store, always sure to find some piece of 4-color gold.

as much as i loved comics and toys and animation as a child, it was the comics that had toys that had an animated series that spoke (yelled) the loudest to me. and none of those properties was more exciting than gi joe. the basic concept of military superheroes who fought a "ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world" was too much for my adolescent brain to handle. the endless hours spent reading those comics, playing with those toys and watching those animated episodes (sometimes simultaneously) had a profound effect on my imagination.

so why the sappy backstory? to illustrate what an amazingly big deal it is to me that i had the opportunity to create two covers for IDW's current ongoing gi joe series.

through a bit of misfortune on the part of trevor hutchinson, (whose laptop was hijacked, preventing him from finishing the series of five interlocking covers that he had started) i received a call from IDW's carlos guzman (with a referral from trev...thanks!) asking me to complete the series of retailer incentive covers with illustrations for issues 26 (january 2011) and 27 (february 2011). it made the deal all that much sweeter that i was allowed to draw snake eyes, my all-time favoritest 'joe.

i'm so thankful for the opportunity to revisit something that meant (means) so much to me.

yo, joe!

2010 IDW Publishing
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Wondrous job with these two Joes, especially Helix.
Yuyu77 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Agent Helix is so cool !!!
The-Rehovot-Projects Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Okay so, to say "wow" isn't enough! lol, Very nice work!
hamletprimeiro Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ShuranosukeSakaki Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
That should be Scarlett next to him... not that blonde bitch
cosmic-digital Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
You're gonna make run out of accolades for your work.
DChristy527 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic stuff,Waht medium do you use to do these?
ActorzInc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   General Artist
Glad you were able to step in, you did a lovely job!

And Snake Eyes, my fave, is also my favourite colour! Score!! :hug:
reverendshaggy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats. I love how the cover turned out too
Bey-Fenn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy $%#@ That ROCKS!!!!!...pardon my french
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