A few years ago, I reviewed Marvel’s G.I. Joe number one issue, and amazingly got a response reminding me that the 3/4″ Joes of my youth were not, apparently, “REAL” G.I. joes.  As someone who grew up in the 1980s, I’m kind of amazed that modern children got to see live-action G.I. Joe on the big screen, and that there are kids today who have opinions on Snake-Eyes, Roadblock and Scarlett.  The question, then, of the Number One Joe is one that’s open to all ages, whether you remember Atomic Man and the Adventure Team, whether you know why “ONSSSE A MAAAAN” is funny or if you cheered when they knocked down the Eiffel Tower, leading to today’s cool code-name query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) considered saying “No Snake-Eyes,” but that seems like an arbitrary limitation, asking: Which Real American Hero is the Number One Joe?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I wanna say Snake Eyes because, ya know, Snake Eyes. But instead I’m going with Bullet Man. Had him as a kid and he was super rad. Fly Away Action!!!

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