The story of GI Joe: A Real American Hero and their struggle to stop the evil forces of Cobra has been going strong for the better part of 30 years in the form of toys, comics, video games, a feature film, and books. And in those many years Hasbro has cultivated a large library of characters for both factions, hundreds in fact and if you’re like me, you want to know every characters back story and background . Where did Duke go to school? how did Cobra Commander rise to power? Where did Outback learn his survival skills? You’ll find all those answers in GI Joe Vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide written by Pablo Hidalgo.
What’s great about this book is that it condenses those 30 years of history into character entries for easy reference, and not just characters, vehicles, significant missions, and important locations also get entries! The art within the books showcases not just vintage art but it also expands into the 90’s and Devils Due so you get a good mix of art styles that whether you appreciate or not, gives you a glimpse into the evolution of the line and characters. As my collection of vintage figures grows, I take the time to read up on each and every new figure I get and get to know them a little bit. It’s been a great way to expand my GI Joe knowledge and we all know the saying about knowing right? 😉
The Book is broken up into 5 chapter and are as follows:
Chapter One: GI Joe characters
Chapter Two: Threat Forces (Enemies)
Chapter Three: Motor Pool – Vehicles and Hardware
Chapter Four: Mission Reports
Chapter Five: The Mission Continues
The book comes in paperback and retails for about 19$ on Amazon but I’m sure you can also find it on Ebay. Happy reading!