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Taking on G.I. Joe

As you might have already divined from Comic Book Resources, I'm writing the new G.I. Joe comic series for IDW.

Before you ask, no, I didn't get product placement bucks for the scene in GOING GREY where vets Rob and Mike debate about whether having G.I. Joe/ Action Man as kids shaped their identity as men. I'd written that just before I got the call out of the blue from IDW, at which point I invested in a new tinfoil hat and blacked out all my windows. Come on, you have to admit that's spooky. But it does keep happening to me.

The first person to joke about real gripping hands and Action Man deserters gets a serious smacking. No, seriously, this is deeply enjoyable work. Every franchise says it's a cultural icon, but G.I. Joe really is. The archetype is embedded in our language.