Larry Hama relaunches his ’80s “G.I. Joe” series

The cover of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero No. 156, written by Larry Hama and drawn by Agustin Padilla.

Larry Hama, the man who turned the G.I. Joe toy line into a multimedia mega-force in the 1980s, is being called back for more operational duties.

Hama is teaming with IDW to publish G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero No. 155 ½ for Free Comic Book Day on May 1, and the issue will pick up where Hama’s original 155-issue Marvel Comics series left off. And there is even better news for longtime Joe fanatics: IDW is relaunching Hama’s series in July and making it an ongoing title starting with issue 156.

Other Work by Larry Hamas

At Marvel in the early 1980s Hama edited the Conan titles, and from 1986–1993, he edited the acclaimed comic book The ‘Nam, a gritty Marvel series about the Vietnam War.

Hama wrote the 16-issue Marvel series Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja (Aug. 1989 – Sept. 1990), concerning the adventures of John Doe, an American ninja and Special Forces commando in an alternate reality in which World War III is sparked after the world’s nuclear weapons stockpiles are all destroyed. Hama also edited a relaunch of Marvel’s black-and-white comics magazine Savage Tales, overseeing its change from sword-and-sorcery to men’s adventure. Other comics Hama has written include Wolverine, Before the Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm and Logan, The Punisher War Zone, and the X-Men brand extension Generation X for Marvel; and Batman stories for DC Comics. He wrote filecards for Hasbro’s line of sci-fi/police action figures, C.O.P.S. ‘n’ Crooks and contributed to the relaunch of the G.I. Joe toy line and comic book in 2000.