Comic Book Legends Revealed #431
COMIC LEGEND: Herb Trimpe snuck an amusing “salute” into an issue of G.I. Joe.
STATUS: I’m Going With True
Jared Osborn currently does Radiant Comics, which you can check out here.
Back in the early 1990s, though, he worked at Marvel as a production staffer. Recently, he wrote in with a hilarious story about his days as a staffer at Marvel, specifically about G.I. Joe #119, which was a rare G.I. Joe issue not written by Larry Hama (instead it was written, drawn and colored by the great Herb Trimpe).
I happened to be working in the Marvel Production bullpen at the time this issue was being worked on and the splash page came across my desk (it was my job to paste the lettering down). On page one I noticed a small figure at the end of the dock, about half an inch tall, who sure looked like he was giving the finger. We in the Bullpen had a good laugh over it but didn’t mention it to anyone in editorial just to see if anyone would notice. It’s real small. Sure enough it’s there in the printed book.
Here is the page…
Not only that but Trimpe, who also colored the book, put a yellow spotlight on the guy giving the finger. We referred to it as the “Secret Cobra Salute” after that.
Thanks for the great story, Jared!
Check out the latest edition of my weekly Movie/TV Legends Revealed Column at Spinoff Online: How did Nightmare on Elm Street, of all things, nearly lead to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince starring in House Party?
Okay, that’s it for this week!
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