RELEASE PERIOD : FEBRUARY 23, 2017


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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  1a COMMANDIN' BRANDON

~ Nomenclature = Rhyme; the name Brandon with the word 'command+ing'.
~ Cobra code name: 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 code name: 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 code name: 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 code name: 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:

~ None.

~ 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 code name: 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 code name: 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:

~ None.

~ 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 code name: 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 code name: 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 code name: 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 code name: 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:

~ None. 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 code name: 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 code name: 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 code name: 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').
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 code name: 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 code name: 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 code name: 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 code name: 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:

~ None.

~ 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.
 
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 unofficial, online Promotional Material in the form of electronic sheets acted as ads for the G.I.JOKES Series 1 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 portrayed the three previously sneak-peeked characters. The second preview ad was posted on the actual release date and the tagline now read 'NOW AVAILABLE' (www.magicmarkerart.storenvy.com). The ad background showcases a parody of the Cobra logo that's heavily located, and rightly so, on the character portrayal for the first card image of the Commander himself.



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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 right 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 29th, 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. 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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7. 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.











** DISASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE + HORRORIBLE KIDS + G.I.JOKES + MUTAGEN CANISTER KIDS **
** VARIATIONS ON PRINTABLE CHECKLIST **



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
CARD NO.
CHARACTER NAME
SERIES NO.
ARTIST






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