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The Black History of G.I. Joe, pt. 3 (the first four)

Roadblock, as nature intended him to be. Sorry, Dwayne...

Whenever there’s trouble, he’ll stay til the fight’s won… G.I. Joe will dare!

In Part One of our Black History Month feature, we ran off a list of black GI Joe (and Cobra) figures and characters after 1989.

Then came Part Two, where we profiled five earlier African-American Joes, including Iceberg and The Fridge (is it chilly in here?)…

And now, the Cold Slither Podcast Crew is proud to present you with Part Three, as we break down the first four black GI Joes ever made. Once again, a HUGE shout-out to our good buddy JD of General Geekery Cast for helping us round out this roster.

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The Black History of G.I. Joe, pt. 2

Alpine (image via GeneralsJoes.com)

G.I. Joe is the code name for America’s daring highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: To defend human freedom against Cobra… a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.

In Part One of our Black History Month feature, we ran off a list of black GI Joe (and Cobra) figures and characters after 1989.

Here in Parts Two and Three, we will give more attention to the first ten black GI Joes in the history of the toy line. Once again, a HUGE shout-out to our good buddy JD of General Geekery Cast for helping us round out this roster.

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The Black History of G.I. Joe, pt. 1 (1989-present) [photo gallery]

Episode 50: C.S.P. Retaliation + BONUS: The crew watches “Cold Slither”

It’s the long-awaited 50th episode of The Cold Slither Podcast! Thank you to our listeners, supporters and contributors!

Enjoy this classic episode via our free CSP Archive! Download, listen and tell a friend (or foe)!

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Classick Cinema: Six reasons to go and see G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Editor’s note: This preview/spoiler-free review was intended to drop prior to seeing the film, but having an opportunity to see it early, I took it and will have more thoughts coming on our next podcast (CSP EPISODE 50!). If there are any spoiler elements or plot reveals, I have tried to omit or conceal them, but apologize in advance if you get spoiled. Grow up, it’s just a movie!

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In 2009, just a couple of years after Hasbro put Transformers on live-action film, G.I. Joe finally made it to the big screen. To say it was long-awaited was an understatement… grown adults were excited to finally see a toy, comic book and cartoon franchise from our childhood finally hit the silver screen. What we got was The Rise of Cobra, one of the worst adaptations ever and more reason to think that Hollywood was purposely seeking to sabotage anything we enjoyed as children. Right after we were treated to The Eiffel Tower being corrupted by green slime and the slow progression of JGL from Duke’s girlfriend’s brother to Cobra Commander, a sequel was announced.

Originally set to release in 2012, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was announced with only some of the cast from the first film returning, a slew of additional characters and cast and new writers. All under the guiding hand of a new director who pretty much guaranteed a better movie. The Rock! Bruce Willis! The Rza! Inspectah Deck! (kidding). All set for June, right? Nope, not even a month sooner, Paramount pulled the plug on the film’s release, announcing a delay in order to convert to 3D and increase marketing in international markets (by the way… screw you, foreigners!).

So… after the same amount of time it takes to carry and deliver an infant, we finally get the long-awaited, long-delayed and much maligned G.I. Joe: Retaliation to hit theaters. Why go see this movie? I’ll tell you why…

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1. Better title, better plot, and… Cobra wins!

I had several problems with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, from Cobra Commander’s origin to how Duke as linked to The Baroness and much in between, but the one thing that got under my skin more than everything was THE STUPID TITLE! Read the rest of this entry

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