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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.

HUGE list of 80’s Heavy Metal bands on Rock N America’s lineup!

If I were only in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this July 23, 24 & 25th, I would be the most ecstatic 80’s heavy metal fan in the world! Rock N America’s 2010 summer concert series will no doubt satisfy your 80’s metal appetite.

Get this MEGA 80’s metal lineup; Scorpions, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Dokken, Warrant, Great White, Lita Ford, Slaughter, McAuley Schenker Group, L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns, Firehouse, Bullet Boys, Lynch Mob (Dokken & Lynch Mob at the same venue!), Pretty Boy Floyd, Steelheart, Faster Pussycat, John Corabi, Enuff Z’ Nuff, Toxin — AND there are more bands to be announced soon!

I can only hope they take this on the road and not limit this show to only Oklahoma. Stay tuned. If they add more dates, you will definitely see them listed here at i80s.com!

For more information about this show, visit: http://rocknamerica.com
For tickets to this show, visit Tickets.com.

On this day, John Belushi was found dead March 5, 1982

John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)
John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)

On March 5, 1982, Belushi was found dead in his room at Bungalow #3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.  The cause of death was a speed-ball, a combined injection of cocaine and heroin.

On the night of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams (at the height of his own drug exploits) and Robert De Niro, each of whom left the premises, leaving Belushi in the company of assorted others, including Cathy Smith. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist Dr. Ryan Norris among others, and while the findings were disputed, it was officially ruled a rug-related accident.

Belushi and his friend Dan Aykroyd were slated to present the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 54th Academy Awards, an event held less than four weeks after his death. Aykroyd presented the award alone, commenting on the stage “My partner would have loved to have been here to present this award, given that he was something of a visual effect himself.”

Temporary Hair Dye 1980’s

Temporary hair dye was all the rage back in the 80’s. Pink, purple, blue, red. Just about every color you can think of was available. Here is an example of what temporary hair dye looked like in the ’80s.

Temporary Hair Dye
Cyndi Lauper wearing temporary hair dye in the 1980’s.

Here are some temporary hair dye products available at Amazon.com:

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Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski January 10, 1953) is an American singer and four time Grammy winner. She had considerable commercial success particularly in the United States. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including “Love Is A Battlefield“, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot“, “We Belong” and “Heartbreaker“. Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV.

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Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”.

Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970.

Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.

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