happy anniversary to g.i.joe a real american hero

Can’t believe it’s been thirty years since G.I. Joe A Real American Hero hit our tv screens.  To be precise, it was September 12, 1983 when the special series entitled The M.A.S.S. Device premiered (with the full series premiering on September 16, 1985). What started out as a five episode installment, that lasted the entire week, and has remained with me to this day.

It was a time when the Iron Curtain was drawn strong in the Cold War and we liked it that way;

Our bad guys wore garish outfits with metal on their faces

The bad guys could afford lavish headquarters with matching thrones

Everyone with an accent was a threat to our national security

red and blue laser fire decided what side you were on, and toys toys toys…

I learned that anyone could be a part of this highly trained special mission force… I mean Shipwreck was on the team, and he haled from Chula Vista in San Diego, where I lived, and he’s in the Navy, like my dad.

The entire Sunbow run of the series is on Netflix, but for those who don’t have that service, check out the link below;

Prior to The Simpsons, GIJoe held the record for the largest cast.

GIJoe reminds me of a time where things were black and white (well olive drab, red, blue, green, neon green…), little pose-able green military men would do battle with a snake themed evil organization, the ninja craze was in full force and cartoons ran in the mornings and in the afternoons.
I would sit down in front of our dial television set with my brothers and watch a thirty minute animated toy commercial, when the episode had finished airing we would then continue the magic by enacting our own adventures with the toys, we used our imaginations and created our own battles.

But most of all GIJoe reminds me of a simpler time, where knowing is half the battle, Yo Joe!

Fade out-



  1. Oh man, this brought back memories. I would watch the show with my siblings and then we’d pretend to be the Joes. My sister and I always battled to be Scarlett, but she was bigger and older so I usually got stuck with Lady Jaye. 🙂

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