Library Stop Part 1: The Complete Encyclopedia To G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe Encyclopedia (cover)

G.I. Joe Encyclopedia (spine)

Let me start off by saying that before reading this book, my knowledge on anything pre 80’s G.I. Joe was pretty much non-existent.I just didn’t feel the need to know anything about  an action figure that  A)i didn’t presently own and B)did not have any ties to my childhood(i was  an 80’s kid) and this book was filled with lots of 1960’s and 70’s G.I. Joe stuff. When i first saw this over sized,old fashioned looking book full of  B&W pictures and with nothing on the cover(there may have been a cover for it,not sure) i was far from impressed.Bland appearance and all i still decided to pick it up and give it a read,and i must say that i have a new found interest in the vintage 12″ Joe line    and have developed  somewhat of a small toy crush on  them.


The books author is Vincent Santelmo.Santelmo grew up in the 60’s in the Bronx,NY and being the big Joe fan that he was decided to write this book.The book begins with a brief story on how HASBRO came to be and the impact G.I. Joe would have on the one time small family owned company.Not only does this book have a smorgasbord of  60’s-70’s  G.I. Joe action figure(or doll,whatever you choose to call them) pics,there are many pictures of the store displays and adds used to promote the toy line. Santelmo meticulously describes every G.I. Joe figure and set  that was released from 1964 -1993,wave by wave!

The Original Joes(Action Soldier,Sailor,Marine & Pilot)

Cool fact: An art mannequin gave HASBRO’s  product development director the idea to create a fully articulated army figure!

Art Mannequin

Misc. Pics:

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Library Stop Part 2: The Ultimate Guide To G.I. Joe 2nd Edition

This was the book i originally went to my Library for and  i must say that i had more fun reading through the Encyclopedia To G.I. Joe.All in all this was still a pretty good book.The first thing you’ll notice about “The Ultimate Guide To G.I. Joe 2nd Edition ” is COLOR!And a lot of it. Mark Bellomo(author) covers all things 3 3/4″  G.I. Joe starting with their initial 1982 release.

The Ultimate Guide To G.I. Joe 2nd Edition


This i believe is the most up to date  G.I. JOE guide covering everything G.I. Joe from 1982-1994,and it does so with full color photos of  every action figure,vehicle and play set released  within that time period(Hey jboypac.. is that the Snake Eyes Commando figure i see down there on the right 😉 )

1982 Series 1 G.I. Joe


Every figure is thoroughly described and Bellomo is quick to point out any and all existing variations(and there are a lot).

1983 Mail Away Duke

1984 Zartan

Misc. Pics:

Pic 1 Larry Hama Foreword

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In my quest to pick up where i left off in the ever expanding comic book universe,i’ve taken the advice of  friends who have suggested that i visit the public library.While not the best place to find newly released comics,there are quite a few  older Marvel and DC  TPB’s as well as other great comic book  related  material.Having access to some of these older issues should aid me in my efforts to slowly creep back into comic book relevance. Take The Avengers for instance.The last time i picked up an Avengers comic was in the late 80’s early 90’s.At that time there were two teams-The West Coast & The East Coast-Avengers.Wonder Man and Hawkeye were my favorite on the West Coast and Captain America my favorite on the East.Since then there has been a who’s who of characters who have( at one point or another) been a part of the Avengers.During my most recent trip to my local library i managed to pick up this amazing book entitled Avengers “THE ULTIMATE GUIDE”.This book has every and anything you’ll ever want to know about the Avengers and then some.Granted the character profiles are brief but there are so many that you’ll want to keep reading just to get to the next one.Avengers: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE  will school you on everything Avengers from the ’60’s-2,000’s and i highly recommend this to anyone looking to get their super hero knowledge on!