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The G.I. Joe A Real American Hero comic book series, published by Marvel Comics, was the first time Hasbro's property was worked into an actual fiction series. It was based on the A Real American Hero concept of G.I. Joe toys. The series began publication in 1982 and lasted 155 issues. Larry Hama wrote the entire series save for a few issues by guest writers.

As it was Hama had already developed an idea for a new series called Fury Force, which he was hoping would be an ongoing series for Marvel Comics. The original premise had the son of S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury assembling a team of elite commandos to battle the terrorist organization, HYDRA. Shooter approached Hama about the Joe project due to Hama's military background, and the Fury concept was adapted for the project, with writer Archie Goodwin including inventing Cobra and the Cobra Commander. Hasbro was initially uncertain about making villain toys, believing this wouldn't sell. Marvel would also suggest the inclusion of female Joes in the toyline, and to include them with the vehicles (as Hasbro again worried they wouldn't sell on their own).[1]

Even though the purpose of the comics was to sell the toys, Hama approached the stories as he would any series he would write, he took the job seriously. He infused the stories with action, drama, humor and character development. The series was notable for the great amount of military detail as Hama drew on his experiences in the military.

In 2010, IDW would later continue the numbering scheme for this series, starting with issue # 156.

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