Another Short Tale of Another Geeky Coincidence . . .
Last week just before I picked up Johnny to go see G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra I needed to stop and buy something at the local Gap outlet store. As I was browsing around the kids clothing section a a tee shirt caught my eye. It was white and had printed on the front the old Marvel Comics cover of G.I. Joe #4. "Wow, that’s cool," I thought. There was another shirt behind it so I checked to see if it also had G.I. Joe graphics. Yup, it did. The more I stared at it the more I wondered why in the world they chose that particular image for a child’s tee shirt. It was the cover of G.I. Joe issue 22.
Don’t get me wrong, I love that issue and its cover. Here, let me describe it for you: there is a crazy bad guy in a silver mask playing with a model war aircraft. It is evidently mowing down a crowd of U.S. soldiers who seemed to have been attending a funeral (given presence of a flag-draped coffin and cross tombstones). Dramatic comic book cover? Yes! A good choice for a kids tee shirt? Not so much! Which probably explains why there was only one of the G.I. Joe #4 tees left and about 20 of the Destro tees.
I do remember as a kid being intrigued by this cover, however. In issue #21 (previously blogged about) there is a page that depicts Destro analyzing a chess board which had Joe and Cobra members as the pieces. Issue 22′s cover picked up on that visual nicely.