RELEASE PERIODS : FEBRUARY 23, 2017 + APRIL 26, 2018


The G.I.JOKES Series 1 set was released the last Thursday of February, 2017. The entire set was created by artist Mark Pingitore who sketched and painted all nine characters to create an eighteen, twin-card parody release poking fun at the G.I.JOES comic, cartoon and toyline franchise. The first print run of 200 sets, containing one asterisk (* © 2017 MARK PINGITORE PRTD. IN U.S.A.), was posted to his website Magic Marker Art for $35 each along with a T-shirt bundle offer for $55. The concept was initially mentioned on the Magic Marker Art Facebook page and other social media in December of 2016 as a voting competition between two set ideas that Pingitore had been toying with; collectors opted to see G.I.JOKES realized first over Mutagen Canister Kids — the later being a parody of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles (TMNT). The 'PEEL HERE' vinyl stickers have an ingenious military dog tag die-cut which is a wonderful shout-out to early GPK releases with special sticker die-cuts. Pingitore's titles (Disasters of the Universe, Slop! Culture Kids, Horrorible Kids, Mutagen Canister Kids, et cetera) and products are wonderfully influenced by the 80's nostalgic toy and cartoon era that have become part of pop culture.



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The G.I.JOKES Series 2 set was released the last Thursday of April, 2017 and numerically sequential with Series 1. The entire set was created by artist Mark Pingitore who sketched and painted all nine new characters to create another eighteen, twin-card parody release poking fun at the G.I.JOES comic, cartoon and toyline franchise. The first print run of 100 sets, containing one asterisk (* © 2018 MARK PINGITORE PRTD. IN U.S.A.), was posted to his website Magic Marker Art for $35 each. The 'PEEL HERE' matte vinyl stickers continue to have an ingenious military dog tag die-cut which is a wonderful shout-out to early GPK releases with special sticker die-cuts.



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  1a COMMANDIN' BRANDON

~ Nomenclature = Rhyme; the name Brandon with the word 'command+ing'.
~ Cobra codename: Cobra Commander (Enemy Leader) – The fanatical leader wants total control of the world, demanding totaly loyalty and allegiance, ruling with an iron fist.
def'n: Command – To give an authoritative order; to be in a strong position (of power).
 

1b  LEE DER

~ Nomenclature = Leader (of Cobra).

~ Cobra codename: Cobra – The organization which is the nemesis of the G.I. Joe Team in the Hasbro action figure toyline (A Real American Hero, Sigma 6, etc).
def'n: Leader – The person who leads or commands a group, organization or country.

 

GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The character is wonderfully modeled after the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS2 cards 46a Rappin' RON and 46b RAY Gun painted by artist John Pound. The GPK character shows a caricature of the then 80's leader, (P)resident of the United States, Ronald Reagan.
~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the Commander is in the same 'all hail' and praise pose showcasing his 1984 cloth hood rather than his 1982 visor helmet and his rarely worn cape. The cobra snake replaces his microphone.







 

2a  ZAR TANNER

~ Nomenclature = Zartan.
~ Cobra codename: Zartan (Master of Disguise) – Has the ability to alter his skin color at will in order to blend into his surroundings like camouflage. He is a master of make-up and disguise and known for his lingistics.
def'n: Camouflage – To hide or disguise the presence of (a person) by means of camouflage. The disguising of military personnnel, equipment and installations by painting or covering to blend in with the environment.

 
2b  FACE LES

~ Nomenclature = Faceless.
~ Cobra codename: Zartan – The man of many faces and disguises. Known to be extremely paranoid schizophrenic who's identity can grow into various multiple personalities. Leader of the Dreadnoks.
def'n: Faceless – A person that remains remote and impersonal; anonymous. Not indentifiable; concealed.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ NA.

~ For the G.I.JOKES image, the man of many faces is depicted living up to his repertoire of split personalities. The 1984 G.I.JOE action figure came with a bearded mask (like the one the character is holding) that slipped over his regular face and was held in place by the hood. Later anniversary releases came with additionals 'mask' faces. The figure's skin would turn a greenish color in the sun.







  3a  CHROME DOM

~ Nomenclature = Chrome dome.
~ Cobra codename: Destro (Enemy Weapons Supplier) – He dons his silver 'battle' mask, a family tradition, and enters into battle himself -- either with Cobra or against if it's better for business. Circa 1983.
def'n: Chrome dome – slang. A bald head; a person who is blad.
def'n: Chrome – A chromium plate as a decorative and/or protective finish on fittings and other objects.
def'n: Dome – An object shaped like a dome (a rounded vault).
 
3b  DES TROY

~ Nomenclature = Destro/destroy.
~ Cobra codename: Destro (James McCullen Destro) – The 'faceless' power behind the Military Armaments Research System (MARS), the largest manufacturer hight-tech weaponry. A weapons supplier and terrorist.
def'n: Destro – Italian. Agile, artful, clever, deft, dexterous, right-hand, et cetera.
def'n: Destroy – To ruin or defeat utterly. To put an end to by damaging and attacking. Beyond repair.
def'n: Destruction – The action or process of killing; annihlation, obliteration, elimination, eradication, etc.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ NA.

~ For the G.I.JOKES image, the Destro character parody is preoccupied by polishing his chrome (dome) mask. He later sports a gold mask and cape as the leader of the Iron Grenadiers.
~ The painting is only reminiscent of OS1 cards 13a Ashcan ANDY and 13b Spacey STACY when it comes down to the metal dome shaped head and sparkle. Polishing his dome may have been the Baroness' part-time daily chore.







  4a  JIM N. EYE

~ Nomenclature = Gemini.
~ Cobra codename: Tomax / Xamot (Crimson Guard Commanders) – Much like their reversgram (reversible anagram) code names, the twin brothers are a mirror image of one another except for a scar on Xamot's face.
def'n: Gemini – Twin brothers in Greek mythology known as the Dioscuri (sons of Zeus).
 
4b  TWO MAX

~ Nomenclature = Tomax.
~ Cobra codename: Tomax / Xamot (Crimson Guard Commanders) – The two mercenaries are skilled in infiltration, espionage, sabatage, propaganda and corporate law. Circa 1985.
def’n: Two – A group or unit of two people (or things). The sum of one and one.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ Although, the painting does not directly replicate any Garbage Pail Kids image from yesteryears, it does pay homage to all of the weapon rearing characters of the first few original series with a foot up, including OS1 cards 33a Mad MIKE and 33b Savage STUART and OS2 cards 62a Greaser GREG and 62b CHRIS Hiss, both painted by artist John Pound.
~ For the G.I.JOKES image, the twins' poses and eyes are in a mirrir image-like imposing gait down to their weapon holding, ambidexterous hands. With this double image the set is more like 10 characters.







  5a  BLAIR N. ESS

~ Nomenclature = Baroness.
~ Cobra codename: Baroness (Intelligence Officer) – The internation terrorist born from European aristocratic wealth is a qualified expert of the M-16, AK-47, RPG7, Uzi and H.I.S.S. tank. Circa 1984.
def'n: Baroness – The wife (or widow) of a baron; a woman holding the rank of baron either as a life peerage or as a hereditary rank. A title of honor.
 
5b  FEMME FAYE TAL

~ Nomenclature = Femme fatale (French. Fatal woman).
~ Cobra codename: Baroness (Intelligence Officer) – Her loyalty is divided between Cobra and Destro but is able to play both sides against each other. Is romantically involved with, and knows the true identity of, Destro.
def’n: Femme fatale – An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately bring disaster to a man who becomes involved with her. An irresistibly attractive, but dangerious woman. A siren.
def'n: Fatal – Leading to failure or disaster; causing death.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ NA. Albeit, Pingitore smartly replaced the Baroness' infamous black, horn-rimmed spectacles with the CPK/GPK eyeglasses accessory most prominantly seen on the OS2 character for cards 77a Ghastly ASHLEY and 77b Acne AMY painted by artist John Pound.
~ For the G.I.JOKES image, the seductive Baroness is seen with the hand-on-hip pose, fully bespectacled. Thus, answering the prayers of guys (and girls) with a specs-fetish. 20/20 is not always 'perfect'.







  6a  FIREFLY RYE

~ Nomenclature = Rhyme; the name Rye with the word 'firefly'.
~ Cobra codename: Firefly (Saboteur) – Specializes in sabotage, demotlitions and terrorism. An expert in all NATO and Warsaw Pact explosives and detonators. Later part of The Coil. Circa 1984.
def'n: Firefly – A soft-bodied, nocturnal beetle related to the glowwarm pocessing luminescent organs.
def'n: Fire – The shooting of projectiles from weapons, esp. bullets from guns.
def'n: Fly – To move quickly.
 
6b  SAL BO TAGE

~ Nomenclature = 'Hordak'.
~ Cobra codename: Firefly (Saboteur) – A ninja master and mercenary whose skills include infiltration, demolition via detonation, terror and above all else, high-profile sabotage missions.
def’n: Sabotage – To deliberately destroy, damage or obstruct, esp. for political or military advantage.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The character is duplicated after the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS6 cards 250a Newly-Dead ED and 250b Dyna MIKE painted by artist John Pound. The GPK character is detonating himself in a pleasurable, self-sacrificing way.
~ For the G.I.JOKES character, the saboteur is seen in the same self-sabotaging way, saving (a bit more) face, down to the intact brain, flying eyeball and loose (bolt and) nuts. The merciless mercenary shows no-mercy or pity even to himself. Detonation destination.







  7a  STORMIN' NORMAN

~ Nomenclature = Rhyme; the name Norman with the word 'storm+ing'.
~ G.I. JOE codename: Storm Shadow (Cobra Ninja) – A ninja assasin that runs in the family for thirty generations and an 8th degree black belt in five different martial arts. Qualified expert with the long bow, samurai sword, throwing stars and Nunchaku sticks. Circa 1984.
def'n: Storm – (weather) To be violent with strong winds, rain, thunder lighting, snow or a combination.
def'n: Storm – (troops) To suddenly attack and capture by means of force.
 
7b  DARK CLAUDE

~ Nomenclature = Dark cloud; aka 'storm cloud'.
~ Joe codename: Storm Shadow – Trained by the Arashikage Clan's Hard Master alongside his long time nemesis Snake Eyes. His weapon of choice being two hand-forged steel katana swords.
def’n: Dark – A machine or mechanism used to reduce the size of material such as waste. A trash compactor.
def’n: Storm cloud – A heavy dark cloud presaging rain or a storm. A herald of disturbance, anger or violence.
def’n: Shadow – To follow and observe closely and secretly; to track, trail, pursue, hunt, et cetera.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The character is mainly modeled after the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS1 cards 7a Stormy HEATHER and 7b APRIL Showers, but is also reminiscent of OS1 cards 4a Fryin' BRIAN and 4b Electric BILL (all yellow 'electricity') along with OS2 cards 53a Jolted JOEL and 53b Live MIKE all dealing with electricution and all painted by John Pound.
~ For the G.I.JOKES image, although metal doesn't attract lightning (myth), it does provide a path for lightning to follow. Suicide by samurai sword.







  8a  MIND BRENDEN

~ Nomenclature = Mind-bender.
~ Cobra codename: Dr. Mindbender (Master of Mind Control) – Through experimentation with electric brainwave stimulation, underwent a complete personality change becoming hateful. Circa 1986.
def'n: Mind-bender – To intensely affect the mind, especially to the extent of producing hallucinations. A person that radically and suddenly affects one's thinking, perceptions, psyche, etc. slang. mindblower.
def'n: Mind – A person's intellect.
 
8b  BRAINY BEN

~ Nomenclature = The name Ben to go with the word 'brain+y'.
~ Cobra codename: Doctor. Mindbender (Master of Mind Control) – Invented a hand-portable weapon for his digital brain-scrambling. A scientist allied with both Cobra Commander and Destro.
def’n: Brainy – Having or showing intelligence. Being clever, intelligent, smart, bright, gifted, et cetera.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The character is modeled after the top half of the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS2 cards 72a Mad MAX and 72b Brainy BRIAN painted by artist John Pound. The GPK character has opened his brain-case and studying his own brain with his bifocal glasses.
~ For the G.I.JOKES character, the full-bodied Doctor is also inspecting his bloodied mind with his single monocle eyeglass.
~ Moth's can be a symbol, like a butterfly, of a transformation.







  9a  SERPENT TORY

~ Nomenclature = Serpentor.
~ Cobra codename: Serpentor (Emperor) – A Cobra Emperor created through DNA, under the direction of The Interrogator and Destro, from the traces of Napolean, Julius Caesar, Hannibal and Attila the Hun.
def'n: Serpentine – Of or like a serpent or snake; serpentlike, snakelike.
def'n: Serpent – A large snake. A sly or treacherous person; one who exploits a position of trust and betrays it.
def'n: Snake – A long, limbless reptile. A treacherous or deceitful person.
 
9b  COLE BRA

~ Nomenclature = Cobra.
~ Cobra codename: Serpentor (Emperor) – A master of political intrigue and tactician that battles for power with Cobra Commander. Later a leader of The Coil. Circa 1986.
def’n: Cobra – A highly venomous snake native of Africa and Asia that spreads the skin of its neck into a hood to appear bigger and more menacing.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ NA.

~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the king cobra character is in a classic CPK pose wearing a special edition GPK shoe with green stripes that match his green reptile eyes. The serpent of supreme power holds his scepter, an ornamented staff often carried by rulers (or wizards), that, instead of a snake head, has a CPK/GPK face.







  10a SNAKE ISAAC

~ Nomenclature = Snake eyes.
~ Joe codename: Snake-Eyes (Ninja Master) – Trained by the Arashikage Clan's Hard Master alongside his long time nemesis Storm Shadow. His weapon of choice being a hand-forged steel heirloom katana sword.
def'n: Snake eyes – informal. A throw of two ones with a pair of dice. The pair of pips resemble a set of reptile eyes. The snake is associated with treachery, deceit and betrayal.
 

10b COMMAND OWEN

~ Nomenclature = Commando.

~ Joe codename: Snake-Eyes (Unidentified) – Joined the G.I. Joe team within the U.S. Army service branch and rised through the ranks as an master sergeant (E-8); a love interest of fellow soldier codename Scarlett.
def'n: Commando – A soldier that is specially trained to carry out raids and special missions/operations.

 

GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ NA.

~ This is the first Joe team character for the G.I.JOKES brand, the previous nine characters were taken from the Cobra team canon.
~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the ninja master can be seen sporting his black bodysuit (with the red Arashikage ba gua symbol), balaclava and visor, holding his Japanese sword, packing trench knives and explosives and petting his trusty sidekick wolf, Timber.







  11a BATTY MATTY

~ Nomenclature = Rhyme; the name Matty with the word 'batty'.
~ Cobra codename: B.A.T. (Battle Android Troopers) – Manufactured cheaply, quickly and en masse as modular arm-mounted, weapon-based mechanical infantry for the Cobra army.
def'n: Batty – informal. Crazy; insane. Out of one's mind, nutty, bonkers, loopy, wacko, loony, et cetera.
 
11b ACCES R. RHYS

~ Nomenclature = Accessories.
~ Cobra codename: B.A.A.T. / B.A.D. (Battle Armored Android Trooper / Battle Android Driver) – Various makes, marks and models whose weapon mounts include a claw-hand, flamethrower, energy projector, etc.
def’n: Accessory – Having a plethora of attachments, extras, add-ons, appendages, fitments, et cetera.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ NA.

~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the Cobra battle droid can be seen in the iconic GPK-esque charging stance. Instead of a variety of way-cool weapons, the robot is fully equiped with a surplus of household gadgets including batter beaters, a toilet bowl plunger, a vacuum cleaner brush extension and a shower head. The battle 'bot does have two trusty grenades as part of his gear.







  12a CROC O. LYLE

~ Nomenclature = Crocodile. Croc informal for a 'crocodile'; from Australia.
~ Cobra codename: Croc Master – A member of the Cobra team that works as an animal trainer and security on Cobra Island. Although called 'Croc' master, he stems from Florida with alligators as pets and 'weapons'.
def'n: Crocodile – A large predatory reptile with long jaws, short tail, short legs and horny textured skin.
 
12b RIP TILE

~ Nomenclature = Reptile.
~ Cobra codename: Croc Master (Cobra Enemy) – An alligator wrestler and animal trainer that sports a green scaled vest and boots and a black oxygen face mask for wrestling the aforementioned alligators underwater.
def’n: Reptile – A vertebrate animal of a class that includes alligators and crocodiles distinguished by having dry, scaly skin and laying soft-shelled eggs on land. informal. A person regarded with loathing and contempt.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ Very reminiscent of the reptile wrangler for OS15 GPK cards 616a ALEC Gator and 616b Croco-DALE painted by artist John Pound; a parody of Crocodile Dundee (aka Paul Hogan)

~ ~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the gator tamin' Cobra enemy image inspired by the file card and toy packaging picture down to the same attire, Cobra emblem but sporting some CPK-esque shoes.







  13a MIKEY WRENCH

~ Nomenclature = Monkey wrench.
~ Cobra codename: Monkeywrench (aka Bill Winkie) – A member of the Dreadnoks within the Cobra team, controlled by Zartan, that specializes in explosives and demolition, including grenades.
def'n: Monkeywrench – An adjustable wrench with large jaw. To sabotage, especially as a form of protest.
 
13b DREAD NICK

~ Nomenclature = Dreadnok.
~ Cobra codename: Dreadnoks – A deplorable group of mercenaries, vandals and theives specializing in violence, destruction and mayhem. A money-grubbing group of greedy gunman.
def’n: Dread – To anticipate with great apprehension or fear. To strike fear and dread.
def’n: Mercenary – A professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army for the purpose of making money only.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The card character is based off of the beer guzzlin', Harley ridin' Original Series GPK character for OS2 cards 47a Disgustin' JUSTIN and 47b Vile KYLE painted by artist John Pound.

~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the road hoggin' Dreadnok member is seen holding a namesake monkey wrench instead of a can of beer, leaving a trail of smoke in its wake, sporting similar black boots, patched jeans, a necklace, sunglasses and leather accessories. The red skull & crossbones headlight has been replaced with the Cobra emblem.







  14a GOLOB U. RUSS

~ Nomenclature = Golobulus.
~ Cobra codename: Golobulus (Supreme Ruler) – The ruler of the secret race of Cobra-La, an ancient civilization that once ruled Earth but eventually retreated to hideaway caves in the Himalayas.
def'n: NA
 

14b WORMY ERNIE

~ Nomenclature =
Rhyme; the name Ernie with the word 'wormy'.
~ Cobra codename: Golobulus – The Cobra-La have perfected bio-technology and have replaced most of the leader's body parts where his central nervous system being the only original part.
def'n: Wormy – informal. A weak, abject or revolting character. Infested with or eaten by worms.

 

GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ NA.

~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the Cobra-La character can be seen sporting his red crustataean eyepatch and chest armor, a green arm with signature red veins and a very long segmented reptile-like tail appendage as his hindmost part.
~ Although not pictured, Golobulus' (sounds like 'glob-ulus') weapon of choice is a red bio-gun.







  15a SHIP RICK

~ Nomenclature = Shipwreck.
~ Joe codename: Shipwreck (aka Hector X. Delgado) – A member of the Joe team through the U.S. Navy and trained as a S.E.A.L. and Naval Gunnery school and rising as a E-7 chief petty officer.
def'n: Shipwreck – The destruction of a ship at sea by sinking or breaking up by storm or running aground.
 
15b WRECKED SHEP

~ Nomenclature = Wrecked ship.
~ Joe codename: Shipwreck – A sailor on the Joe team known for his rowdy and brash personality and his weapon and vehicle expertise including the M-16, M-14, Browning .50 cal, et cetera.
def’n: Wreck – A sunken ship. A person whose physical or mental health or strength has failed.
def’n: Ship – A vessel larger than a boat for transporting goods or people by sea.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The card layout, for the ship and color scheme, is based off of OS2 GPK card 61a Jolly ROGER and 61b Pegleg PETER painted by artist John Pound, stripped of the pirate theme.

~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the stubborn and headstrong sailor is seen with the ship on it's side, with his trusty parot Polly on his shoulder (the same shoulder as pictured on the file card) but missing his percussion pistol and boarding hooks, sometimes listed as a grappling hook.







  16a JACKED JAYE

~ Nomenclature = The specific forename Jaye to go with the word 'jacked'.
~ Joe codename: Lady Jaye (aka Alison R. Hart-Burnett) – A member of the Joe team through the U.S. Army and trained in Airborne, Ranger and Intelligence school and rising as a E-7 staff sergeant.
def'n: Jacked – Having very well-developed muscles. Physically stimulated from the effects of a drug.
 
16b TESS TOSTERONE

~ Nomenclature = Testosterone.
~ Joe codename: Lady Jaye – Specializes in covert operations and intelligence, using her gifts of linguistics, actress and mime artist whose weapons of choice being a Reflex crossbow, M-16 and power javelin.
def’n: Testosterone – A steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary characteristics.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The card character is highly reminiscent of GPK bodybuilder of the Original Series such as OS4 cards 147a Amazin' GRACE and 147b Muscular MOLLY painted by artist David Burke.

~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the stoic Joe team member is seen showcasing her veined and bulging 'strong-arm' with a quiver of arrows on her backside, videocamera with strap and decked out in her Army attire.







  17a BEACHED FRED

~ Nomenclature = Beachhead.
~ Joe codename: Beach Head (aka Beachhead; Beach-Head) – A member of the Joe team via the U.S. Army specializing as a Ranger and small-arms armorer trained in Ranger and Covert Ops schools.
def'n: Beachhead – A defended position on a beach taken from the enemy by landed forces from which an attack can then be launched.
 
17b WASHED UP WAYNE

~ Nomenclature = The specific forename Wayne to go with the words 'washed-up'.
~ Joe codename: Beachhead (aka Wayne R. Sneeden) – Highly motivated soldier and part of the Night Force team rising in the ranks as a staff sergeant (E-6) and later as a command sergeant major (E-9).
def’n: Washed-up – Deposited on a shore by waves and the lowering tide. informal. No longer successful.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The beached character brings back memories of the sandbox victim for OS12 GPK cards 470a Quick SANDY and 470b ABRAHAM Sinkin' painted by artist Tom Bunk. Pingitore also had an approved beach front character concept approved for ANS6 cards #26 painted by artis Luis Diaz.

~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the beach bum Joe team member is seen in his battle gear with his weapons deposited unceremoniously in the sand along with toys and sea creatures.







  18a SCARLETT FEVER

~ Nomenclature = Scarlet fever.
~ Joe codename: Scarlett – A member of the Joe team through the U.S. Army and trained at AIT, Ranger, Covert Ops, Marine Sniper and SASR schools specializing in counter intelligence as a sergeant (E-5).
def'n: Scarlet fever – An infectious bacterial disease causing a high fever and a bright red, scarlet rash.
 
18b SICKLY SHANA

~ Nomenclature = The specific forename Shana to go with the word 'sick+ly'.
~ Joe codename: Scarlett (aka Shana M. O'Hara) – Part of the Ninja Force and Desert Patrol Squad subteams and skilled wtih a XK-1 power crossbow, throwing stars, M-14, M-16, etc. weapons. Has eyes for Snake Eyes.
def’n: Sickly – An individual who is often ill and in poor health. Insipid, pale and nausea inducing.
 
GPK FILE CARD FACTS:

~ The card character is inspired by the non-insipid OS1 GPK card 21a Virus IRIS and 21b Sicky VICKY painted by artist John Pound.

~ For the G.I.JOKES edition, the ill-favored Joe team member is seen with the same relief ice bag on her noggin, chills, thermometer and pill bottles. The bottle on the right, as with the OS image, has the same red-white-and-blue stripes as the G.I. JOE logo.








 
DEFINITIONS TAKEN IN PART FROM THE AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY + WIKI













1. The Original Concept for G.I.JOKES was initially seen as a tight sketch and mentioned on the Magic Marker Art Facebook page and other social media in December of 2016 as a voting competition between two set ideas that Pingitore had been toying with; collectors opted to see 'G.I.JOKES' realized first over 'Mutagen Canister Kids' -- the later being a parody of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles (TMNT). As with Mark's previous parody release, the Disasters of the Universe, the sets are based off of nostalgic 80's toylines that fed into the cartoon realm and other mediums back in the day and are still relevant and successful franchises today.




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2. Starting in mid-January, the Magic Marker Art social media pages started to tease collectors of the impending parody release with a few Color Rough sneak peeks. On January 16th, all nine G.I.JOKES color roughs were displayed with the previous 'Cobra Commander' character (code name LEE Der) showcased on top since it was the only figure at that point to be seen. Later in January, on the 24th and 27th, the G.I.JOE parody images for 'Zartan' removing a "mask" and 'Storm Shadow' being electrocuted were shared as sneak peaks to the public, respectively. A very strong and promising set already.



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3. The online Promotional Material in the form of electronic sheets acted as ads for the G.I.JOKES Series 1 set on social media in early and late February of 2017. The initial ad ran on Mark Pingitore's pages on February 3rd had the 'FEBRUARY 23, 2017' tagline and showcased the three previously sneak-peeked characters. The second preview ad was posted on the actual release date and the tagline now read 'NOW AVAILABLE' and 'www.magicmarkerart.storenvy.com'. Both backgrounds portrayed the Cobra parody snake symbol.



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4. The Magic Marker Art social media pages showed images of packaged G.I.JOKES packs with and without the circular sticker and was eventually used as the picture link for the sale of the set at $35 on the website. The set was also offered as a $55 bundle with a choice of T-shirt. The circular sticker in the bottom left hand corner seals the protective wrap on the backside of the 'pack'. A decent price tag for the set when considering an independent release, vinyl material, die-cuts and some profit.



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5. On April 29, 2017, the Magic Marker Art website posted a limited edition pack of 8 Magnets for $15.00 with a print run of only 150 per subject inder the Slop Culture Kids moniker. The 1st Series set contains four characters from the Disasters of the Universe set with castle die-cut, two characters from the Horrorible Kids set with tombstone die-cut and two characters from the G.I.JOKES set with dog-tag die-cuts. The cardboard packaging is modeled after a Topps GPK wrapper with the logo, a yellow background, 'STICKERS' in bold with a white background, a series announcement (starting after the OS1 set) and '5 STICKERS • 1 STICK BUBBLE GUM' printed at the bottom.




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6. A tight pencil and partial ink Preview for two potential soft enamel pins were posted to social media on August 15, 2017. Thus, possibly adding to the Magic Markers Art product line, most specifically to the popular pin line. The two characters are 3a PIA Soup and 3b Compelled CHRISTY from the Horrorible Kids card set plus 1a Commandin' BRANDON and 1b LEE Der from the G.I.JOKES car set. The 'soft enamel pin' color proof for the G.I.JOKES was posted online soon thereafter. The official pin ad was posted on 09/13/2017 on social media and the pin was posted for sale the following day, 09/14, limited to 150 pins produced for the price of $10.



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7. A year after the original G.I. Jokes concept was posted online, Magic Marker Art showcased another Rough Sketch on 12/09/2017; Pingitore: "I've been busy working on commissions this month, but also taking some time to plan for 2018. Each of my sets start as rough sketches to visualize my ideas, and I jot down some names. I choose the ones I like and arrange them in a way that is visually pleasing. Here's a look at some roughs from four different upcoming 2018 sets (G.I. Jokes, Nintendopes, Thunderbrats, and Horrorible Kids)!" A G.I. Jokes Series 2 is on the horizon for 2018 with a potential G.I. Joe Lady Jaye character parody.



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8. Magic Marker Art and Mark Pingitore took to social media on 01/31/2018 and 02/07/2018 to announce that G.I.JOKES hand-drawn Sketch Cards (1:1 ratio) would be available at the upcoming Gross Card Con (ToyCon) in Las Vegas over the weekend of 02/23-02/25/2018, along with Disasters of the Universe, G.I.JOKES and Magic Marker Art sketch card stock. The sketches will run $50 for a B&W drawing and $75 for a color version. The sketch card stock may possibly be available online and at future conventions and card shows.



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9. An 11x17 inch G.I.JOKES Poster became available at the ToyCon/Gross Card Con in Las Vegas during the weekend of the 23rd through the 25th of February, 2018 (* © 2018 MARK PINGITORE PRTD. IN U.S.A.). The item was ordered and received right before the convention so was unannounced and a nice surprise for collectors at the show. The 1a Commandin' BRANDON character poster is a limited edition of 50 copies and signed by the artist, Mark Pingitore. The limited edition mini poster officially went on sale online on 03/26/2018 for $10.00 each.



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10. Starting in early-March, the Magic Marker Art social media pages started to tease collectors of the impending parody release with a few Tight Pencil sneak peeks on 03/06/2018. Artist Mark Pingitore teased: "G.I. Joes - Series 2 pencils ready for color roughs!" showcasing the 'Lady Jaye' character. Later in March, on the 15th and 18th, the G.I.JOE parody headshots for 'Snake Eyes' and 'Golobulus' shared as sneak peaks, respectively.



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11. The online Promotional Material in the form of electronic sheets acted as ads for the G.I.JOKES Series 2 set on social media in early and late April of 2018. The initial ad ran on Mark Pingitore's pages on April 6th had the 'APRIL 26, 2017' tagline and showcased two previously sneak-peeked characters plus one new character, a parody of Joe member 'Scarlett'. The second preview ad was posted on the actual release date and the tagline read 'NOW AVAILABLE', both with ''www.magicmarkerart.storenvy.com''. The ad background are tight pencil art of characters from G.I.JOKES Series 1.



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12. The Magic Marker Art social media pages posted images of packaged G.I.JOKES packs with the circular sticker and was eventually used as the picture link for the sale of the set at $35 on the website. The aforementioned circular sticker in the bottom left hand corner seals the protective wrap on the backside of the 'pack'. A decent price tag for the set when considering an independent release, vinyl material, die-cuts and profit.



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13. Mark's appreciation for parody and Garbage Pail Kids can be seen on his Magic Marker Art's website in the form of his personal Mascot, a self-caricature modeled after OS2 cards 74a MARK Bark and 74b Kennel KENNY painted by John Pound. This would be the first 'Mark' name in the GPK canon; Pingitore's character is biting down on a No.2 pencil instead of a dog bone.



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14. Pingitore uses a nice army green color for the circular G.I.JOKES 'SERIES 1' sticker that acts as a "pack" Seal for the set.












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CARD NO.
CHARACTER NAME
SERIES NO.
ARTIST
1a
COMMANDIN' BRANDON
1
MARK PINGITORE
1b
LEE DER
1
MARK PINGITORE
2a
ZAR TANNER
1
MARK PINGITORE
2b
FACE LES
1
MARK PINGITORE
3a
CHROME DOM
1
MARK PINGITORE
3b
DES TROY
1
MARK PINGITORE
4a
JIM N. EYE
1
MARK PINGITORE
4b
TWO MAX
1
MARK PINGITORE
5a
BLAIR N. ESS
1
MARK PINGITORE
5b
FEMME FAYE TAL
1
MARK PINGITORE
6a
FIREFLY RYE
1
MARK PINGITORE
6b
SAL BO TAGE
1
MARK PINGITORE
7a
STORMIN' NORMAN
1
MARK PINGITORE
7b
DARK CLAUDE
1
MARK PINGITORE
8a
MIND BRENDEN
1
MARK PINGITORE
8b
BRAINY BEN
1
MARK PINGITORE
9a
SERPENT TORY
1
MARK PINGITORE
9b
COLE BRA
1
MARK PINGITORE
10a
SNAKE ISAAC
2
MARK PINGITORE
10b
COMMAND OWEN
2
MARK PINGITORE
11a
BATTY MATTY
2
MARK PINGITORE
11b
ACCESS R. RHYS
2
MARK PINGITORE
12a
CROC O. LYLE
2
MARK PINGITORE
12b
RIP TILE
2
MARK PINGITORE
13a
MIKEY WRENCH
2
MARK PINGITORE
13b
DREAD NICK
2
MARK PINGITORE
14a
GOLOB U. RUSS
2
MARK PINGITORE
14b
WORMY ERNIE
2
MARK PINGITORE
15a
SHIP RICK
2
MARK PINGITORE
15b
WRECKED SHEP
2
MARK PINGITORE
16a
JACKED JAYE
2
MARK PINGITORE
16b
TESS TOSTERONE
2
MARK PINGITORE
17a
BEACHED FRED
2
MARK PINGITORE
17b
WASHED UP WAYNE
2
MARK PINGITORE
18a
SCARLETT FEVER
2
MARK PINGITORE
18b
SICKLY SHANA
2
MARK PINGITORE
CARD NO.
CHARACTER NAME
SERIES NO.
ARTIST




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