Official Press Release
Chicago, IL – April 5, 2006 – This June, Devil's Due launches the G.I. JOE franchise into the stratosphere with G.I. JOE: DECLASSIFIED #1 (of 3) (Cover A - APR063088 E, Cover B - APR063089 E). The writer that started it all, Larry Hama (G.I. JOE, Wolverine), returns to the fold this June to tell the unbelievable story of how the G.I.JOE team became the elite fighting force that they are today, in an all-new three issue limited series from DDP. In the vein of the popular SNAKE-EYES: DECLASSIFIED limited series, get the untold stories of the very beginning of the G.I. JOE saga in the 48pg, three issue, bi-monthly series illustrated by up and coming artist Pat Quinn, with a cover A by Francis Manapul (Witchblade, Tomb Raider, Necromancer), all three cover A's will connect for one large image, and card stock vintage cover B by Tim Seeley. G.I. JOE is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS).
"Fans have always wondered exactly how G.I. JOE became the COBRA-smacking, force of nature it is," says Sam Wells, DDP Assistant Publisher and G.I.JOE enthusiast. "Who were they before they were G.I.JOES? When did romances and hatreds begin? Now, after nearly 20 years of waiting, fans are finally getting the chance to find out, and I can't wait."
"The years before G.I. JOE #1 is a period of G.I. JOE story we have yet to really tap," says DDP Editor Mike O'Sullivan. "I'm excited that we're finally getting the chance to have the man who started it all tell this story, and I think fans will be pleasantly surprised. It won't happen quite like everyone thinks it will."
ABOUT G.I. JOE: DECLASSIFIED #1 (of 3) (Cover A - APR063088 E, Cover B - APR063089 E):
In the face of growing threats to freedom, the U.S. creates an elite team of soldiers to become a daring new anti-terrorist force: G.I. JOE! The recruitment of the original 13 agents, and the missions that happened before G.I.JOE #1 are finally revealed! Also, a deadly anger brews in the heart of a frustrated used car salesman… Cobra is coming… Three issues of classic military action written by the man who started the whole saga! This is where all the death-defying action and military adventure you've come to know and love began. Featuring: HAWK! STALKER! SCARLETT! SNAKE-EYES! BREAKER! ROCK N' ROLL! GRUNT! STEELER! CLUTCH! GRAND SLAM! SHORT-FUSE! FLASH! and ZAP! like you've never seen them before. Watch as they struggle, for the first time, against the forces of terror that threaten their nation. 48pg, bi-monthly, written by Larry Hama (G.I. JOE, Wolverine), illustrated by Pat Quinn, and with cover A's by Francis Manapul (Witchblade, Tomb Raider, Necromancer), all three cover A's will connect for one large image; and card stock vintage cover B's by Tim Seeley. Cover A price: $4.95, Card Stock Cover B price: $8.95. We encourage you to run, not walk to your retailer and reserve your copy today.
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ABOUT DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING –
Devil's Due Publishing was formed in 1999 as both a commercial art studio and a small press comic book publisher. DDP's first breakout success was 2001's revamp of G.I. JOE, returning the long-lost 1980s characters to comics. Fans bought over 100,000 copies per month, immediately propelling G.I. JOE to the top of the charts. Today, DDP's lineup includes Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, G.I. Joe: America's Elite, FAMILY GUY, eigoManga, Hack/Slash, Capcom's Killer 7, Monkey Pharmacy's Elsinore, the newly resurrected Chaos! Comics, and indie comics' magazine Lo-Fi.
ABOUT THE HASBRO PROPERTIES GROUP
The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE: HAS), translates one of the industry's richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement of children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro's core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, DUEL MASTERS, MY LITTLE PONY, and CANDY LAND, beyond the toy and game aisle, creating rich lifestyle experiences.
G.I. JOE and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc., and are used with permission.