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COMIC LEGEND: Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow’s shared history came about due to a happy accident.
Likely THE most famous character in G.I. Joe is Snake-Eyes. and his rivalry/friendship with Storm Shadow (and their shared history) is one of the most notable parts of the G.I. Joe story.
However, their shared heritage came about pretty much by accident.
In the famous “Silent Interlude” issue of G.I. Joe, written and drawn by Larry Hama, Snake-Eyes rescues Scarlett from Cobra and ends up fighting Storm Shadow…
As they leave, though, we see that they both have the same tattoos!
Amazingly enough, when he drew that page, Larry Hama didn’t know anything more than, “Hey, wouldn’t it be interesting if they had the same tattoo? What might that mean?” So he drew it in there and then that inspired him to write, five issues later, the origin of Snake-Eyes, which reveals that he and Storm Shadow come from the same ninja clan. As he told me in this article about a Wolverine mystery, Hama liked to introduce ideas without knowing where they were headed and this one certainly paid off really well.
Thanks again to Larry Hama for the info!
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