Comic Legends Revealed: What's With the Giant Eye in G.I. Joe?

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The giant eye in the pages of "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" was intended as a tie-in with the "Transformers" comics.



I've had a couple of readers write to me in the last year or so asking about this interesting comic book plot from the pages of Larry Hama and S.L. Gallant's great series for IDW, "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero," which has been continuing the continuity from Hama's original run on the Marvel version of the series.

In the 200th issue of the series, the G.I. Joe team discovered that their headquarters, the secret installation known as The Pit, was actually part of a much larger, much more mysterious installation. In the following issue, they were mystified by the mysteries of the new parts of their home...

After a few issues, the answer was revealed, and it was quite bizarre, to say the least. In fact, you could say that you needed to see it to believe it. Yep, it's a giant eye...

So the base was built on top of some giant alien. In the storyline, "The Death of Snake Eyes," the giant alien played a notable role in the story.

However, that's been a few years ago now and they haven't really had a lot of follow-up on the giant eye since then. In the last year, readers Tim S. and Bryan J. both wrote in to ask, in effect, what's the deal with the giant eye?

Well, the mystery has been solved! A few issues ago, Hama revealed the truth in the pages of the letter column of the series.

So alas, it seems like it was a set-up for a "Transformers" crossover (possibly tying in to the original "G.I. Joe/Transformers" crossover from decades ago) but as Hama's editor noted, the idea wasn't being pursued by IDW, so it has been pretty much dropped for now.

Thanks to Larry for the answer and thanks to Tim and Bryan for the questions!

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