Thursday, December 12, 2013

The History of G.I. Joe part 11- 1966 toys and Action Soldiers of the World

Bazookas! Underwater sleds! John Glenn! And Action Soldiers of the World! All this and more, in Hasbro's 1966 G.I. Joe offerings.

Check it out!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Not So Fast Kids- Just the PSAs

By nobody's demand, here's all my PSA parodies from the first 10 episodes of The History of G.I. Joe.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Real American Fanboy part 10- Hashimoto-San

Special cameo by Rob Buzan of Joe a Day. Check out his blog, and enjoy a different G.I. Joe figure every day.

Hashimoto Mouse. Heard of it? Well, you have now. Find out how this cartoon isn't racist (except when it is), but is instead quite progressive (except where it isn't). And what the heck does it have to do with G.I. Joe anyway?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The History of G.I. Joe part 9: 1965 Toys

The G.I. Joe releases for 1965, plus a quick tour of the 62nd annual American International Toy Fair. There wasn't a lot of product, but a lot of it was sweet!

For a closer look at the toys discussed in this video, check out

Friday, November 8, 2013

The History of G.I. Joe Part 8: Showcase #54 (and a Brief History of DC Comics)

Concluding our look at DC's Showcase G.I. Joe tryout, and the last G.I. Joe comic published by DC.

Also, a brief history of DC Comics' origins, some fun with Dial-Tone, and a chance for you, the Viewer, to decide who gets the G.I. Joe prize. (No actual prize will be given, but who cares? The contestants are all fictional.)

Special art assist by David Cummings:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Real American Fanboy Part 7: Showcase #53

Hey, we're really making some progress now! Showcase #53, the first G.I. Joe comic actually licensed by Hasbro!

(Please note that I tried to get somebody else to do one of the voices in the cut-away gags, but I didn't get an audio file in time. If I get said file, I'll probably re-upload.)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Real American Filler Episode

Due to circumstances, I was unable to complete A History of G.I. Joe episode 7, so here's some filler I cobbled together at the last minute. Some valuable links you may enjoy: (start about 1:50 to have your mind blown. Or not, if you're not into that sort of thing)
Dael Australiangirl's channel:
And also:

Also check out for more awesome.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The History of G.I. Joe part 6: The Lieutenant

Let's take a look at The Lieutenant, a 1963 television series starring Gary Lockwood. Not only was it an inspiration for the G.I. Joe toyline, but it was the first TV series produced by Gene Roddenberry.

Special thanks to Tom Ollis for lending his voice to this production.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Snake Eyes Connection (a parody song)

The History of G.I. Joe part 6 is running a bit behind because of reasons that aren't very good, but here's a parody song about Snake-Eyes.

Thanks to David Cummings for his assist with a piece of art here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The History of G.I. Joe Part 5- 1964, Hasbro, and the first toys

Well, I finally got to the actual toys. The year is 1964, and there's a new action hero on the block. Four, actually. And their names are Action Soldier, Action Sailor, Action Marine, and Action Pilot. They have weird names.

Also, a brief history of Hasbro, about three more Jem references than a show about 60s G.I. Joe ought to have, and, if the thumbnail is to be believed, a guest appearance by the Penguin.

For a closer look at the toys discussed in this video, visit Vintage 3d Joes.
Also, thanks to for existing

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The History of G.I. Joe Part 4: Barbie!

We cruise into our discussion of Hasbro's universal soldier with a look at Mattel's universal everywoman. In addition to an overview of all things Barbie, I take a little peek at Barbie's very first comic book. It... was interesting. See for yourself!

Special thanks to Timmer for appearing in this episode. You can catch him every week reviewing 80s Joe comics, cartoons, and more at

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Real American Fanboy part 3- the First G.I. Joe comic book

Today, we're taking a look at the first G.I. Joe comic book. One that's older than the Marvel comic. One that's older than the G.I. Joe toy, even. One that's full of cheesy schemes that would be too corny even for Cobra Commander.

Let's check this stuff out, huh?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The History of G.I. Joe Part 2- Ernie Pyle at War and the Movies

A look at one of the more influential war journalists of the 20th Century, the movie made of his career, and some other odds and ins I threw in for larfs.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The History of G.I. Joe- Part 1- pre-beginnings and Dave Breger

What was G.I. Joe before there was G.I. Joe? Well, first it was a phrase. And then it was a comic strip created by an influential but largely overlooked American cartoonist.

Special thanks to for the use of a pretty awesome image.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Starting August 15th, what I hope to be the longest, most obsessive, needlessly circuitous video history of G.I. Joe ever produced. Starting before the beginning, and covering everything worth covering, A Real American Fanboy's History of G.I. Joe intends to be an entertaining and informative video series, laden with trivia, humor, and all the possible knowledge I can both acquire and impart.

See you then.