I love G.I. Joe and with the brand being essentially dead (or dormant) at this point I’ve been contributing to Joe Kicstarters to fund books, since it’s all we get as fans. The latest one was the Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe vol. 2 by the fellow who runs 3DJoes.com. The first book covered art on a lot of G.I. Joe tie-in stuff like kids books and cereal boxes. This book focuses more on the art on the toy packaging.
The last volume featured a foil cover and this one does too. Volume 2 has the art wrap around the front and the back. It looks so cool that it could be displayed in a frame on it’s own.
The pictures are fantastic. The figure packages are as large as a page, so you really get a good look at each one. The vehicle pics are really big too and they let you admire all that sweet 80s toy art without having to buy the figures in the packaging. It’s also nicer than looking at pics on the web, because… well it just is, damn it!
Volumes 1 and 2 cover the first four years of G.I. Joe, so basically the best years. I’m guessing that there will be a volume 3 and I’d still be on board, but at a certain point I’m out. I wonder if they’ll be able to see this thing all the way through the neon days of G.I. Joe.
If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can still order both volumes from 3DJoes.com.