Sometimes I forget just how attached to fictional characters people can become.
Not in a crazy delusional, imaginary BFF sort of way. No no no [shakes head]. What I mean to say is that when a persons favorite TV show, detective novel or comic book series comes to an end, it feels a bit like losing your best friend(s). By the end of Twin Peaks, Arrested Development, and even Firefly I was definitely a little forlorn (not to mention a few other dramadies that will remain nameless, rather than provide you readers with future blackmail material).
The point here, though, is that a year ago hundreds of people had the chance to be reunited with their favorite long-lost characters fro G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
That’s right, thanks to Larry Hama, this is one 80′s comic book series that got a second chance. When issue 155 came out in 1994, it was presumed to be the last of the series, but last year they have announced a special release for Free Comic Book Day – G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero No. 155 ½. Since then the series has been going strong. Lucky for fans, Hub Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day every saturday in May, rather than just the first saturday (that’s 4 times as much free stuff as any other comic book store!) We are also lucky that Larry Hama is holding a signing at Hub Comics April 7th from 11-4pm. This is his first EVER signing in Boston, which is really saying something since he has worked at Marvel for 32 years.
And in case you were never that into G.I. Joe, Hama was also the author behind various issues of The Punisher, Elektra, Spider-Man, and X-Men!!
As for the return of G.I. Joe, Hama described in an interview “It’s like coming home again,” after all the series was his baby from start to finish. “It’s comfortable and it’s like, hey, I know these guys. I don’t have to do tons of research and read tons of back issues.”
Larry Hama Signing
19 BOW ST.
11AM/ALL AGES/FREE (DONATIONS SUGGESTED)
Also check out these G.I Joe Public Safety Announcement parodies (and stop all the downloading?).