I love what IDW has done with the G.I. Joe property since taking it over a few years ago, from their new series to their efforts to reprint the original Marvel series. IDW has already published a nice line of trade paperbacks collecting that original series, and now they are starting a line of limited edition oversized hardcovers collecting the series.
G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 ships in May and will collect the first twelve issues of G.I. Joe along with a bonus feature titled “Hot Potato,” all written by Larry Hama with art by Herb Trimpe. So, if youâ€™re a Joe fan who is fired up this weekend because of the new movie and looking to spend a good wad of cash, IDW has just the thing for you.
There will be two different versions available: the Red label version will cost $125.00 and is limited to hand numbered 250 copies, signed by Hama and Trimpe. The Black Label version will set you back $300 and is limited to 25 copies, also hand numbered. This version has the same issues, but comes with a full color illustration drawn by Trimpe.
Here’s what Trimpe had to say:
â€œG.I. JOE is a book thatâ€™s close to my heart. Itâ€™s great to see how IDWâ€™s handled the title. Their runâ€™s been excellent, and when they decided to launch this limited line collecting the early work that we all worked so hard on, I was thrilled to be chosen to provide art for this special edition. G.I. JOE is a timeless tradition, and drawing these pieces took me back to a different time, when I was a fan and artist who loved these characters deeply.â€
You can pre-order either edition now on IDWâ€™s webpage. And don’t worry if you’re a fan of IDW’s other G.I. Joe series, as they also say they will have similar hardcover collections of G.I. Joe: Cobra, Danger Girl/G.I. Joe, and G.I. Joe: IDW Collection coming.